Video lights are all the rage right now. It seems that almost everyone appearing at a video meeting has bought themselves a cheap ring light. These lights are very popular and vary considerably in quality. They also produce the trademark circular catchlight in a user’s eyes which can look a bit harsh and be a little off-putting if turned up too bright.
The lighting market is hot right now and now keyboard and mouse maker Logitech is stepping into the fray with its new Litra Glow, a video light designed to create a flattering light source with a range of brightness settings and color temperatures that can match a wide diversity of skin tones.
The Logitech Litra Glow is a purpose-built LED light from Logitech designed for vloggers, streamers and anyone who uses video chat packages like Zoom and Microsoft Teams when keeping in touch with colleagues. The Litra Glow has been designed to solve the challenges of harsh shadows and eye fatigue created by long hours spent streaming video under artificial lighting.
To make the light of the Litra Glow as effective as possible, Logitech invented something that it calls TrueSoft. This technology uses a balanced and full-spectrum light source with cinematic color accuracy. Cheaper LED lights may use a narrower spectrum of light or a refresh rate that could clash with the camera or webcam being used.
Unlike a ring light, the Litra Glow has a frameless diffuser that radiates a wide and soft light that is far more flattering than the harshness created by a ring source and it also eliminates harsh shadows no matter what the Litra Glow’s power settings. As well as being flattering, Logitech says it has concentrated on making the light source safe for day-long use and it has been cleared for even the strictest UL testing guidelines suggested for all-day streaming.
One of the bugbears when using video lighting is getting the correct height and direction of the light source. The Litra Glow has a three-way monitor mount offering adjustable height, tilt and rotation for creating the ideal lighting effect. There’s even a regular tripod thread for mounting the light on a tripod or lighting stand.
The killer feature is the way that the Litra Glow can be controlled using Logitech’s G-Hub software. Not only can Logitech’s G-Hub software provide controls and settings for more than one Litra Glow, but it can also store presets at various brightness levels and color temperature settings. With the software, the user can switch instantly between various lighting setups at the press of a button. It’s even possible to program light changes into mouse click, a keyboard button or even headset controls so the light can be changed instantly.
Setting up the Litra Glow takes just a few seconds. The unit is powered by a regular USB-C cable that can be plugged into any computer or USB hub. In case the user doesn’t want to use the G-Hub software, there are manual switches on the rear of the Litra Glow unit that can turn the LEDs on and off, as well as adjust the brightness levels and the color temperature.
Verdict: As a brand, Logitech is great at boosting productivity so this shift into the video lighting market is a smart move by Logitech as it makes lighting easy and has brand recognition from Logitech. The Litra Glow is so easy to set up and adjust, it can be ready in seconds. It’s easy to change brightness levels and color temperature shifts using the G Hub software or the manual controls. I love how more than one Litra Glow can be used with the software to create a sophisticated studio lighting setup. Most people will find a single Litra Glow adequate and the extra light levels will boost the image quality produced by a webcam with improved definition and lower noise levels. Litra Glow takes the fuss and uncertainty out of video lighting by providing customizable light that’s safe to use even for an entire day’s shooting. There are cheaper lights available from online stores on Amazon, but what Logitech has going for it is its reputation for manufacturing high-quality products with support and software integration. Litra Glow is an easy and affordable way to start using video lighting that will produce a flattering effect.
Pricing & Availability: Litra Glow is available in the United States, Canada, Australia and select countries in Europe from January 2022 or a suggested retail price of $59.99 / €69 respectively.
More info: logitech.com/litra-glow
- Color Temperature Range: 2700K – 6500K (Kelvin)
- Output: 250 Lumen max output optimized for desktop streaming
- Color Rendering Index: 93 CRI**
- Lens: Precision Sculpted Optics Lens
- Diffuser: Proprietary Frameless Diffuser
- Optional Software: Compatible with Logitech G HUB Software for On/Off, brightness,
- color temperature, presets and G Key assignments
- 4-inch vertical telescoping
- 2-inch horizontal extension
- 360-degree swivel top
- Includes cable management
- Removable to reveal 1⁄4-20 threads for mounting Litra Glow on standard tripods