Logitech Litra Glow – Review 2022
Good lighting is essential for any type of content creation, as well as for video calling to be their best. Video lights can help, but most aren’t designed to just appear on your monitor, next to your webcam. The Logitech Litra Glow is a unique, screen-friendly video light that uses a flexible monitor clip, USB power, and optional software control to give you ideal lighting for your webcam without requiring a lot of work or taking up space. on your desktop. For $ 59.99, it’s an affordable way to put your best-lit face in front of the camera.
A small box with a long clip
The Litra Glow is a 3.6 x 3.6 x 1.0 inch (HWD) plastic box with a translucent white front and dark gray back. The front panel lets light through with a modest scattering effect. The back contains a power button and toggles for brightness and color temperature, as well as a USB-C port. A five-foot USB-C-to-USB-A cable is included.
The light is mounted on a 7 inch long plastic monitor clip, on a hinge that can both swivel and tilt. A large hook on the top folds up to rest against the front and top edges of your display, while a rubber foot near the bottom keeps the clip securely in place. The clip is so long because of an internal arm that can slide upwards, giving the light a certain height above the top of your screen and webcam. A small notch at the bottom of the arm keeps the cable hidden behind the clip. The light can be unscrewed from the clip to reveal a quarter-inch threaded hole for use on a tripod or other mount.
Adjustments and software
You can simply use the Litra Glow by plugging it into any powered USB port and pressing the buttons on the back, or you can plug it into a USB port on your computer and use Logitech’s G Hub software. Both methods offer the same controls, adjusting the brightness up to 250 lumens and the color temperature between 2700K and 6500K. A handful of presets are also available in G Hub, allowing you to toggle between warm light from candles and bright, cold blue in one click. You can also save your own presets when you find the right settings to use for different rooms and times of the day.
The software’s sliders let you adjust the light faster than pressing and holding physical buttons, while a webcam view lets you monitor settings as you make adjustments. Note that the webcam view only works if something else is not already using the camera; if you have the camera running through OBS or any other software you will have to look through that as you adjust the light.
I mounted the Litra Glow on my monitor, about 12 inches to the left of my Razer Kiyo Pro webcam, and tested it in a relatively dark room (during the day, with the lights off and the curtains closed, with my monitor also set to be dark). At its weakest, the light provides a soft glow that fills my face and helps counteract the light filtering through the curtain behind me, and at its brightest, it brightens me up pretty harshly and hurts my eyes. The light color temperature range clearly extends from a very cold 6500K to an overly hot, almost glowing 2700K.
The Litra Glow worked great on my monitor. Being able to change not only the brightness and temperature, but also the height of the light and its distance from my webcam, allows me to properly illuminate my face without it looking blown or mismatched from the light and the walls of the room. surrounding room. I could even tilt the light far back to bounce it off the ceiling for a more diffused look. However, it is still a bright light coming out of a small square, which means that some glare appeared when I wore glasses, regardless of the position of the light on the monitor, unless I hold my face at a very precise angle.
To be fair, in most cases the light from my monitor itself shows up in my glasses unless I tilt my head in a certain way. Direct lighting requires a very large diffuser to diffuse light over a wide area, and the Litra Glow’s size and design at the top of the screen prevent it. And the Litra Glow tends to be less noticeable than most overly bright light rings you see these days.
Lighting suitable for monitors
The Logitech Litra Glow is a flexible and economical video light for content creators on a budget and / or little space. A monitor clip allows you to attach the light to the top of your monitor or laptop screen, as near or as far from your webcam as that screen allows, so you don’t need to office space for a tripod. Its adjustable height and rotating, tilting hinge can adjust the light to almost any angle to best suit your shot, while software control lets you adjust brightness and color temperature to suit. fly without physically touching the light.
Cheaper USB powered video lights are readily available, but they are generally not designed for use with a webcam. They’re typically designed to mount on the hot shoe of a digital camera, and installing one to work properly on your monitor or elsewhere on your desk can easily add to the price. There are other monitor mounted lights out there, but they hardly ever have height adjustment or software control. For a one-piece lighting solution to go with your webcam setup, the Logitech Litra Glow is a simple, high-performance option that’s easy to recommend.