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Elgato Key Light – The Best Lights for Streamers?


– What’s up guys? Welcome back once again to the Gaming Careers YouTube channel. Today, we have a super exciting video, I guess you kind of know
about it since you’ve clicked on the title and you’ve
seen the thumbnail. But Elgato have released
their brand new product today, called the Elgato Key Light. It’s going to be a lighting
setup for streamers, YouTubers, any kind of creative person that is doing something at their computer and needs proper lighting. And we’re going to be
diving deep into what the product’s all about, how to set it up, and what it will do for
your stream in this video. Now when it comes to
streamers and lighting, I think most people fall
into one of three categories. Firstly, they have no lighting at all. Now this is just bad use of your camera. Your camera performs
better with more light. All cameras, webcams, they all perform better with more light, so the people aren’t
lighting their cameras at all are really going to have a
massive performance improvement if they start to light themselves with a light source of some sort. The second kind is the people that are using huge softboxes and traditional photography
lighting to light themselves. Now, these things typically
take up a lot of room, they produce a lot of heat, they’re not very efficient, and they really require your
desk to be pulled out away from the wall so that you can
fit these large light stands as well as the large light domes to be able to light yourself. I’ve said light three times in a row there for different meanings. And the third group of
people are the people who have moved to an LED setup similar to what I’ve been using
over the last six months. These are like LED panels, they’re much smaller, they still require your
desk to be pulled away, ’cause you still need to
somehow mount them probably from the floor from a
light stand of some sort and they’re also super fiddly, you need to get round the
back of the light panel to be able to control the brightness or the color temperature. So, what the Key Light from Elgato is is it’s an LED panel made up of 80 LEDs, outputting up to 2,500 lumens, completely controllable
from your computer, either PC or MAC. So, you can control the brightness, you can control the color temperature. And one of the really
cool things is if you have a Stream Deck or a Stream Deck Mini, you can control all of those things from the Stream Deck itself, as well. There’s a nice soft defusion to the light because of the front panel
that they’ve mounted on it and it’s also fully adjustable
using the metal desk mount. So, it doesn’t need a
tripod to sit on the floor and your desk to be brought out, you simply mount it to your
desk so you can push your desk all the way back against the wall. So, it’s interesting to think about who this Key Light is aimed at. And obviously, Elgato built
quite a few different products for streamers and content creators alike, and I think this really fits
in with that target market. So, Twitch streamers or YouTube streamers, people that are streaming their gameplay, or podcasts, or any kind of show, they’re live streaming
themselves at their computer, need good lighting, this is definitely the
kind of product for you. But, also people that are
creating content for YouTube, things like makeup tutorials
or tech reviews maybe, where you need a really
well-lit space whilst at your computer. I think that’s the target
market that Elgato are after. So, inside the box you get a
nice big instruction manual or just a single page manual
of how to set up the Key Light, as well as, the three pieces of kit, which is the Key Light itself, the pole mount which is
telescopic to be able to set it at any height, as well as, a six-foot, or 180 centimeter, universal AC adapter to
be able to power the unit. So, these are super simple
to mount to your desk, very, very similar to a
VESA mount for a monitor, or a boom arm mount for a microphone. So, if you’ve done either of those before, it’s exactly the same. All you really need to
do is set the clamp size to the thickness of your desk, position it where you want the light to be and then attach the light to the top of the telescopic pole
just with a little screw and then you can position
the light exactly as you want in terms of tilt and
which direction it faces and you can adjust the height of the light by tightening and loosening
the telescopic pole. It is capable of a brightness
of up to 2,500 lumens. Of course, this is adjustable. As well as, a color range of
between 2,900 and 7,000 Kelvin. Again, this is going to be
adjustable through the software or through your Stream Deck. The dimensions come in at
350 mil by 250 millimeters with a thickness of just 30 millimeters. The pole mount, as I mentioned, is telescopic, allowing you to set it to
whatever height you would like so that it is mounted above your monitors. The minimum is 55 centimeters up to a maximum of 125 centimeters, which is 22 inches to 49
inches for imperial units. Now, the Key Lights
themselves are designed to be software controlled
so that you don’t need to go round the back of
the device to be able to change things like color temperature, or brightness, or even
to turn them on and off. So, the idea behind that
is that you need to pair the light first with
your Wi-Fi connection. And you can do that by using PC, Windows PC, macOS, as well as, phones. So, Android and iOS you
can also set up the lights to connect to the Wi-Fi
connection using them. The software itself that
you actually use to control the lights once it’s all set up is called Elgato Control Center. And that can just be downloaded
from the Elgato website. And all of the setup
and pairing instructions are included on that big sheet that comes with the Elgato Key Light. Now that I have finished
setting up the lights, I have one above my camera here, raised quite high on my left hand side, and one a little bit lower
down on my right hand side. I’ve got them all set
up with the software, so they’re working as intended, and I wanted to show you
exactly what controlling them with the software looks like. So, if you look down
here in the bottom right, we have Elgato Control Center running and we can control each
light’s color temperature and brightness individually. So, these lights by the
way, they get crazy bright. I can’t ever imagine running them at 100%. My camera right now is running at 200 ISO, which is really quite low. But if I change that up to
something standard like 400, you can see I’m already
starting to get blown out and these lights are running at 50% max. I’m going to show you
what a 100% looks like. I’m going to be completely blown out. So, that’s 100% of just one of the lights and you can see, I mean, I wouldn’t want to
play games with the light on that bright anywhere, I think it would be too distracting. Back at 50%, and even then I need to drop
my ISO right down to 200 to be a better looking image really. You can also control the color
temperatures of the lights so they go all the way from 4700 Kelvin, which is what it’s set at for default, up to 7,000 which is a
very, very blue light. I should really be doing
both of these together so you can see how the
light actually affects it. And then if we go all
the way to the warmest, which is 2900 Kelvin, you can see you get a
much more orange light. Again, the default is 4700. And another thing I thought
I’d mention is you can, rather than having to play around with these controls separately, you can actually lock the lights together. So if you come up here and
click Link Accessory Controls, then the lights will forever
be linked in color temperature or in brightness, so you can control them
both as you wish to. I’m just going to separate them again because I like to have this main one, my Key Light, to be a bit brighter than this one which is called the fill light. Even though they’re both
technically Elgato Key Lights. Another thing worth mentioning
is a few months ago I did a video on how you can add LUTs, or cinematic filters, to your webcam overlay
in OBS or Streamlabs OBS, and a well-lit webcam
makes a huge difference for those LUTs. So, click up in the top corner
if you would like to learn how to add a cinematic
filter to your webcam to, you know, change some of the colors and just make things look
a lot more professional. But you’re definitely going
to get a massive benefit now that you are lit properly, too. So, you know how easy it is now to control these lights from the software, but what happens if you
want to integrate this with a Stream Deck or a Stream Deck Mini, if you’ve purchases any
of those in the past? Well, the latest update to
the Stream Deck allows you to do that, as well. So, if you’ve got the latest version, you can always check for updates, but you open up the Stream Deck software and you should see that you have this new section for Control Center. You can turn lights on and off, change the brightness, and
change the color temperature. So, why don’t we just do each of those just quickly to show you. So, you drag it on to where
you want in your Stream Deck. This is on and off. You select the light that you would like to control with that, and it really is as simple as that. Now, if I hit the button
on my Stream Deck, you can see that that light turns off. Hit it again, it turns back on again. Now, the brightness and
color temperature controls for the Stream Deck, they just let you to
set certain brightness and certain color temperatures. So, you can’t do anything
cool like holding it down to decrease the brightness
or something like that. I really hope that Elgato add
that kind of functionality in ’cause I can see it being really useful. But, you could just set a few
different types of brightness, or maybe a few different hotkeys. Or maybe put all of
these inside of a folder if you’d like to, for maybe three different
steps of brightness, or three different color temperatures, and then each time you press
that button on your Stream Deck you’re going to get that brightness
or that color temperature. One last thing that I would
love to see Elgato implement is the ability to turn off and
turn on both of these lights with one key press. I’ve suggested this as feedback and because it’s just a software thing, it’s the kind of thing I
can imagine them putting into a future update. Now, the final thing that we’re going to be talking about is price. These Elgato Key Lights, they come in at $200,
or £180, for the kit. And while that is on the expensive side, I think they’re taking a similar approach to what Elgato have done
with their green screens. You can certainly purchase
cheaper green screens and cheaper LED sets on sites like Amazon, but the convenience, the feature set, the ease of use, all of these things add
up and I really do think that these are a worthwhile
purchase for a streamer that has a little bit of money
to spend in their budget. Because you get that
completely wireless control, you never need to go around
the back of your lights to change the, you know, to turn them on and off, or to change the brightness or to change the color temperature. Completely controlled from your computer or from your Stream
Deck, if you have them. That’s just so convenient. As well as, the ability to
push them right up against the wall as you can
clamp them to your desk and your desk can be against your wall. You don’t need to invest in light stands, you don’t need to have this horrible desk in the middle of your room type thing. It’s just, I think, the convenience there is
well worth the extra price that you would be paying
over a cheaper Amazon set. I also think that the actual
light panels themselves are a lot higher quality than the ones that you find on Amazon. They get crazy bright, I honestly can’t imagine
anybody running these at 100%. Even if you only had one, I think it would be enough to
really brightly light yourself and for any webcam or camera to be able to pick you up very, very nicely. The ability to be able to
control that color temperature, as well, can really suit your environment. You know, if you have different bulbs in the rest of your house, you can match that color temperature which you can’t always do with the light kits available on Amazon. If you would like any more information on these Key Lights from Elgato, I have a couple of links down
in the description below. The first of which is
to the Elgato website where you can read more of the tech specs and more of the other
products that Elgato offer. And the second is a link to Amazon, it’s a global link so no
matter where you’re from, if you click that it will take you to your local Amazon store
where you can check the price and purchase if you would like to. That link is an affiliate
link which gives me a small commission if you do
end up purchasing the lights at no extra cost to you. So, I really appreciate that if you are looking to pick them up. Finally, if you have learned
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100 comments found

  1. Hey can you do a tutorial on when switching senses an animated video come up then goes to the thing you switched just like courageJD and ninja

  2. first time i was like:"Ok two light for 200 bucks is okay even that one light have only 80 LEDs." The option to control them via streamdeck or just pc looks dope. It would be nice to control the lights with this comfort. But then… wait 200 bucks for only one light? Hah naaaah now way I´m not gonna buy these. I will rather buy Neewer 480 than this. Will have to control them manually but I´m not that big streamer to spend 400 buck for 2 lights….

  3. what i do is. i took the clip on work lights you use for working on cars. $4-5 each. i then got a light diffuser on amazon that fits over them 2 for $7. 2, 100 watt equatable, dimmable LED lights $7 each.

    i then got an extension cord. a wall plug and a light dimmer and 2 outlet boxes $10-$15. cut the head off on the extension cord, wire the cord into the dimmer, and to the wall plug. put in the boxes and secure.

    plug in the lamps to the outlet and boom, dimmable lights you can clip anywhere for roughly $45 for both.

    i keep the dimmer at the side of my desk and dim the lights down for low light and up if i am working on a project. extremely simple to set up.

    i use bright white. you could use warm if you need that. also you could maybe set up two dimmers if you like to dim them separately, but i find that unnecessary.

  4. People think its expensive but a few months ago i went lighting shopping for friends and… well you think this is expensive? try actual pro lighting stores. This is cheap in comparison.

  5. It costs $199.99? Are they serious? Anyone looking for something cheaper. Just buy amazon buy a set of PT-176S LED Light Panel they're $19.99-$30.00, 12V AC adopter $12.50, Collapsible Diffuser Mini Softbox $9.99 and webcam desk mount $19.99.

  6. Amazing and thorough review. I have a question tho. Let's imagine that I turn off my Wi-Fi because my PC is linked to a Internet source by cable. Am I able to use those lights ?! It's cool that they are software driven, but sometime I need to run them even without wifi.

  7. DeskLamp, DIY softbox and a nice LUT, that's all I got and it's more than enough for my taste.
    I hate to play games in a well lit room…

  8. Since these don't come in a 2 pack, do you think that just having 1 directly in front of you would suffice? as compared to one on the left and right of the subject?
    Thanks for the video, not many reviews out there on these lights.

  9. i clicked on the amazon link saying to my self, right before the site loaded up "watch this shit cost $200 fucking dollars, and low and behold…………….fuck that ill save yall the trouble ….https://www.amazon.com/Fancierstudio-Chromakey-Hairlight-Photography-10x12G/dp/B0056BWYAC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1547317626&sr=8-2&keywords=key+lighting

  10. Though I think these panels are super cool, the price tag is just insane. You can get three (maybe four when on sale) LED panels, that have manual controls complete with temperature adjustments and some mounting brackets/stands for the cost of ONE of these units. The only feature they would be missing is Stream Deck/computer integration – Cool, but not required. Sorry bud, I really like your videos, but I think this video was a little more shill than it should have been – It was basically a commercial for Elgato… I understand that the channel needs to make money and I'm not saying you did the wrong thing, but I feel like this is targeted at ESTABLISHED streamers/content creators and not really who watches your channel for help.

  11. Thank you for demoing how the lights look on their own without other lights, I think you're the only creator that did that and it helps a lot to see how well they actually work 🙂

  12. $200 a piece just for a light, w/ integration to the stream deck is very steep. $400 for 2 lights, is crazy. I get it they are elgato, but Robbing ppl blind.

  13. So Pete – what about availability in the UK? I've been waiting 12 months for ANY of the major UK resellers to have stock of the Elgato Green Screen but still no sign of it here. Are these lights going to have the same problem?

  14. for that price you get 3 Neewer LED video lights with stand and these got about 5.000lm each. in summary you will get 15.000lm instead 2.500lm for same bucks. and you know what? all of that products are completely useless you need to position that right in front of your face to have some kind of an effect but this light is a crap for real photographers. this is my experience on "light" like these.

  15. I’m still contemplating wether to get the Elgatos green screen. Just seems convenient but I hate the price tags on all these good quality products lol . Daaamn you Elgato

  16. Can you please check my friends vods i watch his streams almost everytime and i think he deserves more viewers his Twitch is Bababanoush

  17. when you are a big streamer on twitch you will have the money for this ;D but there are so many cheaper solutions for this :/

  18. did u know that about 10 thousand lumens is about the proper amount to grow a weed plant, sure u can do it with less but at around 10k lumens ur gonna grow a bangin plant

  19. Price is way too steep, Yongnuo lights are better and much cheaper than this ones and have a CRI of 95+, and they are meant for photographic usage, even at 100usd, they are still too expensive.

    Wtf is Elgato thinking?

  20. Started watching you when I needed help to learn how to stream, bought so much from your BlackFriday deals video and now got me a light I needed to improve even more. You earned that small commission from me bro

  21. hardware production and packing cost (not counting tools cost for ABS mold) is about $30-45 so asking $200 is giving the middle finger to their customers.

  22. If I ever get to the point off my youtube or twitch that I'm breaking even I'd love to get something like this. For now I can't bring myself to drop $400 on two lights.

  23. I'm loving how your videos are looking more professional with each video. Personally the Elgato lights seem to be a little overpriced, there are other lighting rigs that do all this for lower prices, also DIY options are definitely available. But if you're already serious and you have the money, be my guest, definitely efficiency is key.

  24. Hey off topic a bit but I’m really digging the foam panels on your walls. Any chance you can tell me where you got it from? Thanks!

  25. Excellent video as usual! My only pain point is the price. $200.00 each is extremely overpriced. I would've considered them if they were 300.00 for a pair.

  26. Great review. Hey … at time stamp 2:19 on your monitor there is something that I would be interested in. It says “Learning to live stream” what it that and how can I get it 😁

  27. I like having more light on one side as well, so that's cool you can separate them. It gives more of a modeling effect.

    Great product review as always!

  28. As a photographer, you can get vastly superior lighting equipment for half the price. Skip this at all cost. Note that I said equipment as you can get more than just one item. Complete waste of money

  29. Elgato's USP is convenience. People pay a premium for convenience. That's why they can and do overcharge. I own an Elgato Stream Deck and Green Screen and a very much like both and didn't much paying the high price for them. Whilst the convenience of turning on a light with the Stream Deck is appealing, you can achieve this with an Alexa controlled mains plug and IFTTT. With regards to the softbox comparison, you need to consider that they are only around $25 including tripod and huge bulb…and they are EIGHT times bigger in surface area (and brighter) than the Elgato Key Light panels.

  30. Since this is fucking ridiculous for a single light to be over $200. Look up

    "LED Desktop Lamp Saicoo Desk lamp with Large LED Panel, Seamless Dimming-Control of Brightness and Color Temperature, an USB Charging Port"

    on amazon its a $60 LED panel desk lamp that can be rotated and dimmed. Its not as "high function" as the elgato expensive stick but it will work if you are starting out and haven't made a lot of cash.

  31. I have some small criticisms about this particular video.

    1. Try as you might there is no way in hell to justify these lights, or more specifically the price of these lights, when similar features are available for much less money for the sake of having to flick a switch to turn them on and off. The majority of streamers will find their preferred brightness and temperature for their use case and not need to change it again so the on-the-fly adjustment doesn't add any value IMO.

    2. You can easily turn multiple lights on/off, or adjust multiple brightness/temperatures using a multi-action button in the Stream Deck so I don't see why they would need to add an extra button/command.

    3. There is no mention (unless I missed it but I did scan back through) of whether you bought these lights for yourself or if they were provided for the purpose of this video, I suspect the latter. This is a little disingenuous and makes this seem more like an advertisement than a genuine unbiased review/opinion piece.

    That said I do enjoy the channel and have often found it interesting and useful.

  32. if I am using direct ethernet for internet…. can i set up a wireless dongle just for the elgato key lights? or would setting up the wireless dongle force me to use wifi as opposed to ethernet for internet?

  33. $200 is an okay price…if the kit came with 2 lights. The fact that it's 200 for just one light is insane. You can buy a full professional photography kit with a green screen and everything on Amazon for the same price. I'm definitely interested in getting these lights, but only at a massive discount. As I said, I'm willing to spend 200 if I can get 2 lights.

  34. Its very Helpfull, during my first stream with elgato I didnt know about this, And I thought it was by comand voice or clap, so you canj imagine all my stream claping and saying pls Lampy dont turn off.

  35. Hey man, I've been subscribed for a while. I love your content. Would you like to so a collaboration video sometime? My channel covers very similar topics, but I cover something that I think you should be. That's playing mobile Skillz games. DM me on Twitter @zmikeyslice or reply to this comment with the best way to reach you. I look forward to your response. Thanks in advance!

  36. Light isn't available anywhere anymore. Looks like all the vendors pulled the stock. Is there another alternative that could be controlled by the stream deck?

  37. Can you connect some other kind of stand into the key light‘s screw mount? (For instance a camera tripod or something like that?)

  38. I can't afford to spend $350CA for this… so disappointing because I don't have space for other options. This seems like the perfect product for what I need. So damn disappointed seeing the price….

  39. or you can buy the yongnuo 600 ledlights for almost half the price. and if lumen was a problem, the yongnuo have 4800 lumen output.

  40. I am curious about the desk you are using in this video. What kind is it and where did you purchase it?

  41. Hey bro! could you please show us moer details about your camera? model, lens that you use and how is mounted on the table please?

  42. Elgato is all about easy-go-to.. like their stream deck? u can do the same for free on your iphone.. but they make som very nice products and i want em all.. fuck money

  43. I discovered using large soft boxes on the sides of my desk (one on each side) and use them only as a soft reflector. I use LED light panels and bounce the light off the shadow box to illuminate me while not casting any shadows behind me. Also reduces glare from my eye glasses. Key Lights would work nicely in this set up as well.

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