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Best ring light in 2022: beautiful lighting for vlogging, video calls and selfies

The ESDDI PLV-R432 is one of the best ring lights you can buy(Image credit: ESDDI)

The best ring lights are now a part of everyday life, found in the homes and offices of just about anyone. From TikTokers and vloggers to makeup artists and Facetimers, the rise of remote working and families using video calls to keep in touch means that everyone is looking for the best ring light to make themselves – and their video quality – look their absolute best. 

Pair the best ring lights with the best webcams (opens in new tab) and your home setup will instantly look more professional; pair them with the best cameras for portraits (opens in new tab) and the best lenses for portraits (opens in new tab) and you can achieve other great results.

Ring lights produce constant light, making them simple and easy to use. They also produce incredibly flattering illumination, with spectacular circular catchlights in the eyes, soft falloff, and light that generally wraps and sculpts the face – so they're ideal for portrait photography, too. 

Videographers love them because many of the best ring lights enable you to adjust the color temperature to suit different skin tones (making them great for makeup tutorials, too) and lighting conditions. Whether you're using them in the sun, the shade or yellow-tinged indoor light, you can make your lighting look natural.

Lastly, if you want to shoot a different kind of close-up, check out our guide to the best ringflash for macro photography (opens in new tab).

Best ring lights in 2022

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The best 12-inch ring light

Specifications

Color temperature: 3,000K / 4,500K / 6,500K
Power source: USB
Dimensions: 300mm outer diameter, 241mm inner diameter
Weight: 260g

Reasons to buy

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Great light quality
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Great build quality
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Brilliant tripod included

Reasons to avoid

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USB power only

This 12-inch Razer Ring Light does everything you could possibly want. The one downside to it is that's it's only powered via USB but that isn't the end of the world - especially considering how good the light quality is. They haven't skimped on build quality either, unlike a lot of ring lights, the Razer feels very sturdy and reliable. 

There are cheaper and brighter options out there – along with the more expensive, albeit wireless, Lume Cube Ring Light Mini – but we think this strikes the perfect balance of portability, brightness and price. It's a fantastic 12-inch ring light perfect for video conferencing, vlogging or streaming and you won't be disappointed with your purchase. 

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The best portable ring light packs a powerful punch

Specifications

Color temperature: 3200-5600K
Power source: Li-Ion batteries, mains
Dimensions: 18 inches

Reasons to buy

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Mains or 90 minutes of wireless power
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LED readout for settings
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6.5-foot light stand included

Reasons to avoid

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Pricier than rivals

The Lube Cube Wireless ring light might seem overpriced but it has a lot of really great features compared to other ring lights. The light itself is really bright, you can either run it off mains power or for up to 90 minutes on batteries which are supplied. It also includes an LED readout to monitor your settings and it comes with a sturdy 6.5ft light stand.

It's an 18-inch ring light which makes it perfect for shooting portraits or filming videos. As it's wireless you can use it on location or in the studio which makes it a great option if you want to be able to do both. If you're looking for a ring light to shoot flat lays or unboxing videos, we're not convinced the plastic mounting bracket is the best but if you're using it in a normal upright position, look no further. And if you're looking for a smaller wireless alternative, check out the 12-inch Lume Cube Ring Light Mini.

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3. Neewer 10-inch LED Ring Light

The best simple ring-light for TikTok

Specifications

Color temperature: 3200k-6000k
Power source: USB
Dimensions: 380x283x950 mm
Weight: 1.3kg

Reasons to buy

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Easy to operate
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Small and portable
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Tripod included

Reasons to avoid

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USB power only

Many people who are looking for a ring light don't necessarily need loads of fancy bells and whistles. They just want something simple that works, and in that regard, the Neewer 10-inch LED Ring Light is an excellent choice. It's on the smaller side for a ring light, but still a perfectly good size for self-taping, vlogging, TikToks and other quick and easy uses. It plugs in via USB, and comes with a 54-inch tripod, meaning it's very easy to get started the instant you take the Neewer 10-inch LED Ring Light out of its box.

You don't get the sophisticated features of some other ring lights on this list like those from Rotolight, and there are also larger lights available, including from Neewer themselves. But the Neewer 10-inch LED Ring Light is an all-around solid choice that will suit the vast majority of users perfectly, and that's why it nabs our top spot. The bottom line is: if you're looking for a ring light, this will almost certainly fit the bill.

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4. Rotolight Neo 2

It's a little on the expensive side for a ring light but it's definitely the most versatile

Specifications

Color temperature: 3150-6300K
Power source: 6x AA batteries, D-Tap port, AC adapter
Dimensions: 150x45mm
Weight: 354g (504g with batteries)

Reasons to buy

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Bicolor lighting
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Temperature adjustment
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Powerful HSS flash mode

Reasons to avoid

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Not a true ring light

Okay, so technically the Rotolight Neo 2 isn't actually a ring light but it is round and it works really well. Because it isn't donut shapes, the light won't be as soft and the catchlights in the eyes won't be as round but it does have other advantages. For example, it delivers a massive 1,840 lux at a distance of 3 feet which makes it perfect as a key or fill light for both stills and videos. It's powered by either six AA batteries (Rotolight recommends rechargeable ones) or it can be mains powered. There are quite a few accessories you can buy to go with it including barn doors, softboxes and coloured gels if you want to get a bit creative. If you're looking to invest in a light more for portrait shoots, you can also use the Rotolight as a flash either by itself or with other lights using an Elinchrom trigger and it's 500% more powerful in flash mode. 

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5. Rotolight Ultimate Vlogging Kit

If you're and on the go content creator mostly using a smartphone, this kit is brilliant

Specifications

Color temperature: 6300K, 5600K, 4100K, 3200K (using filters)
Power source: 3x AA batteries
Dimensions: 130mm outer dia / 38mm inner dia
Weight: 170g

Reasons to buy

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80W equivalent power
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Ultra compact
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Includes filters to adjust temp

Reasons to avoid

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Changing filters is fiddly

The Rotolight RL48-B Stealth was one of our favorite portable ring lights in years past, but disappeared from the market a while ago. Now it's back in an all-in-one kit, which also includes a Rotolight mini tripod, stand adapter, phone clip and accessory bar – making it the perfect partner for a tabletop smartphone setup. While this kit is geared towards phones, the RL-48 is also an ideal on-camera light for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras (opens in new tab). The Neo 2 is a bit heavy and unwieldy for the hotshoe, but this smaller model is just the right size (though this kit doesn't include a foot for the shoe), and the hole in the middle is perfect to poke a microphone through! 

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6. Neewer 20" Dimmable Ring Light

A ring light so big, it could sit around Saturn

Specifications

Color temperature: 3200-5600K
Power source: 1x NP-F battery, mains power
Dimensions: 530mm outer dia / 420mm inner dia

Reasons to buy

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Best ring light for makeup tutorials
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Huge 20-inch diameter
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Mains or battery power
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Takes Sony NP-F batteries

Reasons to avoid

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ESDDI is more powerful

If bigger is better then Neewer's 20-inch option is the way to go! While it's the largest ring light on offer here, with 44W of dimmable output from 352 LEDs, it doesn't have quite as much power or temperature range as ESDDI's 18-inch 48W model. However, larger light sources are softer – and the Neewer offers the option of battery power in addition to mains, compatible with the versatile NP-F550 / F970 family (two batteries and a charger are included, though you'll lose about 10W of output compared to mains power). Also bundled are a 6'5" light stand, ball head adapter and vertical / horizontal phone holder, wireless remote and carry case. If you're looking for a true ring light with the largest light spread and wire-free shooting, you've found it. 

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7. Xinbaohong Clip-On Selfie Light

A clip-on ring lights for iPads and iPhones

Specifications

Color temperature: 6000K
Power source: USB (internal battery)
Dimensions: 85 x 28mm

Reasons to buy

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Brilliant all-purpose light
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USB and battery power
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Bright and dim modes

Reasons to avoid

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Small battery dims after about an hour

For those moments where you only need a little light, these very little lights from Xinbaohong are perfect. In fact, they're so small you can pretty much keep them on you at all times in a pocket or a bag. They can be attached to your laptop, tablet or phone so long as it's 18mm or thinner. They're great for taking on nights out so you can capture well-lit selfies, on holiday or even when travelling away from home so that you can Facetime loved ones no matter how much light is around you. Not only are they small but they're really cheap too and we can't see any downsides to owning one.

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.