Three Elgato Key Light Alternatives

If you already have the basic live streaming equipment and you are streaming for a while now, you should think about possible ways to improve the quality of your content.


Elgato - a separate brand within CORSAIR - is a brand specialized to improve the hardware (and in some cases software) of content creators with high-quality items designed especially for them.


As a part of their product line, they designed the “Key Light” and the “Key Light Air” which are easy to install, high-quality lighting specially designed for video content creator studios.


As Elgato is the lead brand for premium quality streaming equipment, there is, of course, a high price tag on their items. But what if you are just a small streamer with a limited budget, but you want to improve the quality of your streams and videos?



In this post, I’m giving you 3 Elgato Key Light alternatives, so you would not have to use a white background on your second monitor to light up your face anymore!


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Why do I need to have lighting in my studio / gaming room?


Streaming is about showing your high-quality content to your watchers. Your community thrives off of your reactions and the emotions showing on your face as well as high-quality content in whatever category you are streaming.


This means that you should always keep in mind that becoming successful as a streamer suggests that you use a webcam and show yourself - your face mainly - in premium quality. Showing your face can make your audience feel easier to connect with you.


Just like in photography, for creating quality and enjoyable images, using the perfect light is key. Good lighting also makes your images more lifelike - one good light can add dimension to your video.


If you have natural sunlight on your face during your stream sessions, it is not necessary to use artificial lights; however, you can not control the sunlight. If you are streaming at nighttime with little to no light in your room, or if you are aiming truly on premium content creation, I highly recommend buying a pair of artificial light for your streaming hub.


Neewer Super Slim Bi-Color Dimmable LED Video Light with LCD Display


This is a very simple and easy to use light, with a slim design. The color temperature and color brightness of this light are adjustable with the two switches on the light’s back, so you can fine-tune it to your liking. It works with a rechargeable battery.


What’s in the box?

  • One LED light

  • Mount Base with 1/4 inch screw

  • USB Battery Charger

  • Battery


Please note that this light does not include a stand, you either have to buy a tripod or a light stand for it!


Pros:

  • Super cheap

  • Very easy to set up to your liking

  • Amazing light quality for this price

  • Slim design and lightweight

Cons:

  • Definitely for amateurs

  • The light’s casing is not made of premium materials

  • The battery might die during the stream (2600 mAh battery)

  • There is no stand included in the package

Overall, a great light for beginner streamers and who are on a really tight budget.

Dazzne D50 with clamp stand, 2 pack


This light is one of the most hyped Elgato Key Light alternatives. Finally, another amazing product with CLAMPS so you can secure it to your desk! This is an LED light, so it generates a low amount of heat while you have them turned on. There is a remote control included in the package, so you can adjust the brightness and color of your lights while streaming. The size of the panels is 2.6”.


What’s in the box?

  • Two LED panels

  • Two C-clamp stands (for 0.8-3.1 inch thick tabletops)

  • Remote control

  • Two power adapters


Pros:

  • It’s a two-pack of lights!

  • Comes with a clamp stand

  • Remote control included in the package

  • Adjustable angle

  • The light can be adjusted manually as well


Cons:

  • Might be too big for some

  • Might turn on randomly if you don't cut it off of the power

  • The stand is not super sturdy

  • Cannot turn the lights on with the remote


(Please note that in this video, he is reviewing another version of the same lights what comes with a simple stand)

Viltrox VL 200


These look extremely close to how the Elgato ones do: they are super slim, and even the size of each panel is almost the same. For these, you have to spend almost the same amount of money if you have bought the Elgato one, but these come in a 2 pack, this means you’ll get two light for the price of one.



What’s in the box?

  • Two LED lights

  • Remote control

  • Two power adapters

  • Two stands (with adjustable height: 2.6ft to 6.2ft)

  • One carry bag


Pros:

  • Almost the same size as the Elgato ones

  • Very light and portable

  • Amazing price for two lights!


Cons:

  • I find them easy to knock over

  • Comes with a really thin stand (with no c-clamps)

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