This $60 Light Will Make You Look Way Better On Video Calls

This $60 Light Will Make You Look Way Better On Video Calls

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Whether you spend a lot of time on video calls or are serious about your Twitch or YouTube channel, you’re going to need good lighting. Sure, a ring light might be enough, but those can be unwieldy. And if you want something more premium and customizable, you may be looking at a serious investment of $100 or more. Fortunately, the $60 Logitech Litra Glow provides an excellent middle ground between the two.

This LED light is designed specifically for content creators, but its compact build and relatively attainable price make it a great option for anyone who wants to look better on camera from their home office — especially if that office is a dimly lit bedroom.

Wondering if the Litra Glow is for you? Here’s what I think after a few weeks of working and streaming under the glow of Logitech’s new light.

A great streaming and WFH light

The Logitech Litra Glow is a reliable and compact solution for looking brighter and more true-to-life on camera.

The who, what and how Who it’s for: The $60 Logitech Litra Glow is primarily aimed at content creators who want a compact and high-quality light for livestreams and videos. It can also be useful for anyone who’s stuck in a dim home office and wants to look better on Zoom calls. This light is extra ideal for folks with a Logitech G keyboard or mouse, which you can use to control the light with a quick keystroke.

What you need to know: The Logitech Litra Glow is a highly portable streaming LED light with a number of useful adjustment options. It clamps easily to most screens and sports onboard controls for tweaking the brightness and color temperature. It aims to deliver accurate skin tones via Logitech’s TrueSoft technology, and is built to keep your eyes from getting strained over long periods of use.

How it compares: The Litra Glow is in the middle of the pack when it comes to pricing — it’s more expensive than the many cheap ring lights out there, but much more affordable than other premium lighting options like the $130 Corsair Key Light Air. It stands out from many rivals thanks to its compact design that can sit at the top of your monitor, as well as its Logitech keyboard and mouse support for easy control. The Corsair Key Light has similar integrations with Corsair and Elgato products, making it worth considering for folks deeper into that ecosystem.

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Compared to a typical ring light — which can often demand a lot of desk space — the Litra Glow is delightfully tiny. The light itself is a small 3.6-by-3.6-inch rounded square, and it screws on to an included monitor mount that can adjust between about 8 and 14 inches. The whole setup weighs just over 6 ounces when you put it all together, making it super bag-friendly.

The plastic monitor mount is a breeze to use, and I was able to securely clamp it to a number of displays within seconds. It’s very adjustable — you can rotate the light 360 degrees and raise it up or down, and there’s a generous amount of tilt so that you can make sure the light is hitting your face just right. And if you’d rather position the Litra Glow somewhere else, such as the side of your desk or on a table for a TikTok video, you can simply unscrew the light and affix it to any standard tripod mount.

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Still, the fact that the Litra Glow sits unobtrusively at the top of my monitor just might be my favorite thing about it. When I use my ring light, I typically have to frantically declutter my messy desk to make room, or rest it on a bunch of boxes for a good high angle (yes, I’ve done that a few times). But the Litra Glow is always just there in the right spot, ready to illuminate my face with a quick button press.

Speaking of controls, the Litra Glow has a handful of buttons on its rear for turning the light on or off as well as adjusting the brightness and color temperature. It took me a little while to get used to the buttons since they’re behind the light, but I found them fairly easy to reach with the Litra Glow resting on my monitor, and eventually got comfortable adjusting the brightness and warmth by feel. I much prefer controlling the Litra Glow with my Logitech keyboard, but we’ll get to that part below.

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Despite its small frame, the Litra Glow did a very dependable job of keeping me well-lit whether I was streaming on Twitch or hopping on conference calls.

To see how big a difference Logitech’s little light made, I took a series of photos in less-than-deal lighting on a Logitech C920 (our best webcam pick) with the Litra Glow both on and off. There was a noticeable improvement with the Litra Glow activated — not only was my skin tone much more accurate-looking, but finer details such as my birthmarks and the stubble of my beard were much clearer.

I found the light to be slightly harsh-looking with the color temperature set to the cooler side, but the warmer settings consistently made me look true-to-life. I put the Litra Glow up against my $13 OldShark ring light, and while there wasn’t a dramatic difference between the two, my colleagues noted that I looked more natural and less blown out on Logitech’s light.

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I also noticed a pretty significant bump in video quality with the light on (better lighting generally means better frame rate, which results in smoother video), as my movements looked far more fluid and lively than the somewhat stuttery footage I was getting in low light. The Litra Glow was also my only real source of light during a nearly hour-long livestream I conducted at night using a Logitech StreamCam, and kept my video looking bright and fluid throughout.

The Litra Glow uses a frameless diffuser (the same technology found in many home lighting options) to cast a large amount of soft light from its tiny frame while keeping eye strain at a minimum. That could be a big reason why I’ve found Logitech’s light to be pretty easy on the eyes during prolonged use — even with the brightness set to full blast.

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Like many Logitech accessories, the Litra Glow has a fair amount of customization options via the Logitech G Hub app for PC and Mac. You can use the app to cycle through six different presets that run the gamut fro

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