The Best Lighting You Can Use for Streaming via Twitch

This review will help you decide which is the best lighting solution out there according to your needs for online streaming. We’re going to look at two different types of lighting: softbox lights and desktop ring lights.

Both variations are suitable depending on your budget and priorities.


Softbox lighting is beneficial when you have the space to accommodate a studio-type atmosphere and you have a larger budget to play with.

Neewer 700W Professional Photography 24×24 Softbox Kit

  • 700 W
  • 2300 Lumens
  • 41 to 88 inches in height
  • 180 Degree Rotation
  • Incandescent Light Bulbs

This product provides professional lighting comparable to high-end photography studio softboxes. The kit comes with two softboxes, and you can adjust their brightness. It’s best to place one on each side to avoid having a shadowed effect. The product is built from aluminum alloy, so it’s lightweight but also sturdy enough.

A large and durable carry bag is included, which can prove itself handy in many situations.

Fovitec – 1x 20″ x 28″ Softbox Continuous Lighting Kit

Fovitec - 1x 20 x 28 Softbox Continuous Lighting Kit

  • 1000 W
  • 1500 Lumens
  • From 2.3 to 7.6 feet in height
  • Rotation of 210 degrees
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs

This kit is perfect for streaming because it lets you set it up in various angles so that you won’t get a shadow effect. The telescopic adjustments are great at customizing your setup, and the kit comes with five bulbs that can adjust to match your room and create different lighting effects. The Fovitec kit is recommended for streamers as it works well in any environment.

Neewer Dimmable Bi-Color LED

  • 29 W
  • 3360 Lumens
  • 480 LED Bulbs

This product stands out as a great space-saving solution, and some people may not consider it a proper lightbox. Instead of typical bulbs, the Neewer Dimmable LED is equipped, as you’ve probably already guessed, with a panel of bright LEDs.

The kit features a color temperature knob, and the user can adjust the color temperature from 3200K to 5600K. We recommend that you get a light diffuser, as this tool can soften the light source and enhance skin tone. Try the Kamerar D-Fuse, which was created for LED light panels.

Desktop Ring Lighting

Desktop ring lighting is a quick solution that is more affordable than obtaining several softboxes. Nevertheless, it still puts you ahead of most streamers who are just using their standard ceiling lights.

WongPong 5.7in Ring Light

  • Rotation of 360 degrees
  • From 11 to 25.6 inches
  • LED Bulbs
  • 7-inch width ring
  • Quick access remote for USB

This useful little tool is a worthy companion for any user who wants his desk illuminated efficiently. The WongPing is adjustable, starting with angles, heights and including the light it emits. The packed lightweight tripod stand is made of aluminum alloy, and it allows the user to adjust the height from 11 inches to 25.6 inches.

You’ll be able to get high-quality lighting for streaming without spending too much on professional kits.

AceTaken’s Webcam Ring Light for Logitech Webcams

  • 10W
  • Rotation of 360 degrees
  • Fits Logitech C920, C922x or BRIO webcams
  • LED Bulbs

Using Logitech webcams shouldn’t be a problem while you have this ring light. Whether you have a C920 or C922x Logitech webcam, or BRIO, the kit does the job just well. Furthermore, choosing this ring light will help you save a lot of space on your desk.

The led light design features ten adjustable brightness. There are three light modes: warm yellow, warm yellow + white, and white.

Neewer Ring Light Kit

  • 55W
  • From 29.5 to 61 inches
  • Individual LED Bulbs
  • Rotation of 90 degrees

This kit features a 61”/155cm stand that’s constructed from aluminum alloy. The soft tube is also worth mentioning because it makes the light rotate freely. The Neewer Ring kit comes with an optional orange light cover to deliver a light similar to natural sunlight.

It contains many small LED bulbs, which improve the efficiency of the entire structure. If one bulb malfunctions, you can still keep on streaming with great lighting.

Final Thoughts

If you like streaming on Twitch, the tools presented here can make your stream look professional. The ring lights are more like entry-level, providing enough lighting, while also saving space.

LED lights are popular among gamers that stream content on Twitch because  the color they provide often adds a degree of professionalism.

Meanwhile, softboxes are recommended for live broadcasters where you want the audience to focus on you and the background.

Choose something versatile and efficient that fit your needs, and before buying a lighting kit, make sure you can control the output and dimming or brightening.

About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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