LED Ring Lights are a simple and effective way to improve the quality of your videos and photos, whether you’re running a YouTube channel, filming TikTok, or hosting a Zoom meeting. In today’s article, we have selected 5 worthy examples of LED lamps for smartphones of different price ranges. Read on to find out which models are included in our selection.
How was it evaluated
To determine the best ring lamp for a smartphone from the selected models, we used the following rating system:
- Power type — lamps with support for different power options will receive the maximum score. Next up are the battery or USB powered models because they are portable and can be used outdoors. The lowest rating is for devices powered by the mains, as they have a limited shooting location.
- Number of Lumens — the more, the brighter the lamp shines.
- Color temperature adjustment - the wider the range of supported color temperature (measured in kelvins, K), the higher the score.
- The weight – the lighter the LED lamp, the easier it is to move around the room or transport it to the shooting location.
- Additional features — the presence of a dimmer to adjust the power of the glow, a tripod, a holder for a smartphone, a remote control — for each option 1 point.
We evaluated all the considered models of ring lamps according to the above criteria relative to each other. The maximum score that can be obtained for each indicator is 5 (with the exception of the “Additional features” item, for which it is 4).
We talked about how to choose a ring lamp in this article.
All prices are valid at the time of publication of the rating.
The best ring lamps for smartphones
Yongnuo YN128 II
Yongnuo YN128 II LED lamp supports 3 power options — from the network, USB or batteries (battery and AC adapter sold separately). It is equipped with 128 SMD diodes, which have a long service life (minimum 5.5 years of continuous operation).
The color rendering index is equal to CRI95+ (accurate). You can adjust the color temperature (3200–5500K). In addition, it is possible to adjust the brightness of the light using a digital dimmer.
Ring LED illuminator Yongnuo YN128 II costs from 3,250 rubles. The package includes a stand for installation on a horizontal surface, a flexible leg for fixing the lamp at any angle, a phone holder and a USB cable.
Pros of Yongnuo YN128 II:
- digital dimmer;
- accurate color reproduction and color temperature adjustment;
- support for 3 power options;
- relatively cheap.
Cons of Yongnuo YN128 II:
- The remote control is not included in the package.
The Fujimi FJL-Ring12 ring illuminator has a diameter of 30.5 cm and 162 LEDs (half of them with a cold glow, half with a warm one). It is possible to adjust the temperature from 3000 to 6000K and the glow power from 10 to 100%.
The package includes a universal mount for smartphones (6.4–8.5 cm, can be used in both landscape and portrait mode) with a flexible shaft and a 4‑section stand with a small ball head (rotates 360 degrees, allows you to choose the best illumination angle). The maximum rack load is 4 kg.
The Fujimi FJ-BTRC Bluetooth remote control is purchased separately (it costs about 350 rubles).
The device is powered by USB, can be charged from an external battery.
Fujimi FJL-Ring12 costs a little less than 4,000 rubles. The minimum height of the stand with the lamp is 85 cm, the maximum height is 170 cm, when folded it is 50 cm. Weight is 1.2 kg.
Pros of Fujimi FJL-Ring12:
- you can adjust the lighting;
- can work autonomously;
- light weight and compact dimensions;
- affordable price.
Cons of Fujimi FJL-Ring12:
- no remote control included.
Raylab RL-0518 Kit
The Raylab RL-0518 Kit LED Ring Light is equipped with 418 SMD LEDs. The outer diameter of the illuminator is 45.8 cm.
The Raylab LED lamp is powered by mains or Sony NP‑F batteries. It supports color temperature adjustment within 2700–5500K.
The package includes a light, a stand, a remote control, a mirror (useful for beauty bloggers), a universal phone holder, a flexible mount and a case for transportation and storage.
The Raylab RL-0518 Kit ring lamp costs from 7,790 rubles.
Pros of Raylab RL-0518 Kit:
- 2 power options;
- the ability to adjust the color temperature;
- rich equipment.
Cons of Raylab RL-0518 Kit:
- CRI ≥ 90 — not suitable for those who need accurate color reproduction in their work, for example, colorists and makeup artists.
Falcon Eyes Beauty Light 240 LED
The LED illuminator Falcon Eyes BeautyLight is equipped with 240 LEDs and has an outer diameter of 31 cm. The color temperature is adjustable within 3000–5500K. There is a dimmer to adjust the brightness of the light.
To fix additional devices (for example, a microphone or a phone holder), additional connectors are provided on the case.
This smartphone ring light is powered by USB, the cable and power supply are supplied with the device. In addition to them, the package includes a bag for storage and carrying, a holder for a smartphone, a tripod adapter, a ball head.
The cost of the Falcon Eyes BeautyLight 240 LED ring lamp is from 5,730 rubles.
Pros of Falcon Eyes BeautyLight:
- the presence of a dimmer;
- adjustable color temperature;
- compact and lightweight (480 g).
Cons of Falcon Eyes BeautyLight:
- color rendition is not accurate (CRI> 87) — not suitable for makeup artists and colorists.
The FST RL40BL LED illuminator has a diameter of 35 cm and is equipped with 360 diodes. The color temperature is adjustable (3200–5600K). The brightness range is 10–100%, color rendering index CRI is 95+.
Opportunity of work from 2 accumulators or from a network is provided.
The lamp can be controlled using the FST RC-01 remote control (sold separately, price — from 1,430 rubles).
The FST RL40BL LED lamp costs from 10,350 rubles.
Advantages of FST RL40BL:
- adjustable color temperature, accurate color reproduction;
- 2 power modes;
- dimmer and phone holder.
Cons of FST RL40BL:
- high price;
- remote control for a fee.
For convenience, we have collected all the criteria for evaluating each model in a table:
|Model / Feature||Power type||Number of Lumens||Color temperature, K||Weight, kg||Additional features|
|Yongnuo YN128II||mains, battery, USB||1024||3200–5500||one||stand, smartphone holder, dimmer|
|Fujimi FJL-Ring12||USB||1200||3000–6000||1.2||tripod, phone holder|
|Raylab RL-0518 Kit||mains, battery||5280||2700–5500||0.76||remote control, tripod, phone holder|
|Falcon Eyes Beauty Light 240 LED||USB||450||3000–5500||0.48||Dimmer, smartphone holder, tripod adapter|
|FST RL40BL||mains, battery||4000||3200–5600||2||Dimmer, smartphone holder|
Our selection of LED ring lights received the following scores:
|Model / Rating||Power type||Number of Lumens||Colorful temperature||The weight||Additional features||Average score|
|Raylab RL-0518 Kit||four||5||four||four||2||3.8|
|Falcon Eyes Beauty Light 240 LED||3||one||3||5||3||3|
The Raylab RL-0518 Kit LED illuminator for the smartphone received the maximum rating. This 50W lamp is suitable for indoor and outdoor photography.
In second place are two devices at once. Fujimi FJL-Ring12 will be a great assistant for blogging in social networks or beauty shooting. Compact and lightweight, the Falcon Eyes BeautyLight 240 LED is ideal for on-site shooting or events.
Next comes the Yongnuo YN128 II ring lamp. It gives you maximum freedom when choosing a shooting location, thanks to the support of three power options.
Completing our top LED bulbs for smartphones FST RL40BL. This is a universal model for subject and portrait shooting, as well as manicure and make-up artists.