While best known for its pocket-sized lighting cuboids, Lume Cube has become a major player in all kinds of non-cube-shaped illumination for streaming – including the decidedly circular, and decidedly brilliant, Lume Cube Cordless Ring Light Pro.
Following its original, 18-inch non-Pro incarnation, the Lume Cube Cordless Ring Light Pro delivers a step up in almost every single department, from battery life to build quality, along with newer LED technology and the addition of a physical remote control.
I’ve been testing ring lights of all kinds, all sizes, from all manufacturers, ever since they emerged. And whenever it comes to actually streaming or filming our own content, this is the one I always reach for to do the job.
If that isn’t enough to convince you that the Lume Cube Cordless Ring Light Pro is deserving of the best lighting for streaming crown, keep on reading to find out all the things that this great light gets right.
These are the Lume Cube Cordless Ring Light Pro specs:
|Light output||1500 Lumens / 1700 lux at 0.5m|
|Color temperature||3200 – 5600K|
|Battery life||Up to 70 minutes full brightness|
|Dimensions||17.5 inch ring light, 18 – 70 inch stand|
|Camera mounts||Smartphone, DSLR|
This 17-inch ring light has got everything a streamer could ask for – and then some. Out of the box, it comes with a fully adjustable 18-70 inch stand, enabling you to set it up at any height whether you’re slouched on a gaming chair at your desk or standing upright. A travel case is also included for easy storage or transportation.
The color temperature of the Ring Light Pro is adjustable from 3200-5600K, so you can match the illumination to the surrounding light in your room – whether it’s natural daylight, tungsten light bulbs, or LED accent lights.
As the name would suggest, the Lume Cube Cordless Ring Light Pro is fully wireless. Its internal battery boasts up to 120 minutes on a single charge (with around 70 minutes at maximum brightness), after which you can connect to mains power (cord included) and use it while it charges. It cannot be charged via USB, though it does possess a pair of USB-A ports so that you can charge or power other devices while you stream.
An LCD panel on the back of the light gives a real-time readout of your color temperature, brightness, and how much battery time is left using your current settings. There are a pair of knurled dials to make adjustments, but brilliantly a physical remote control is also included – no more fumbling blindly, now you can easily (and discreetly) fine-tune your lighting without moving.
At 17.5 inches, the Lume Cube Cordless Ring Light Pro is among the larger of such lights – though the manufacturer’s non-Pro version is actually slightly bigger at 18 inches. However, unlike any other streaming lights I’ve used, this features Lume Cube’s Edge-Lit Technology – whereby the 256 LEDs face inwards, with built-in diffusion, to deliver quite simply the most sumptuous light I’ve ever seen from a ring light. The lighting quality is soft but powerful and provided very even coverage on my face for a flattering look.
The design and construction of the Pro is also a cut above the standard version. The quality of the rear LCD is much improved, and the integrated battery makes for a far sleeker and sturdier (not to mention much lighter) feel. The tilting bracket (facilitating 180° of tilt) is also much sturdier here – I never used it face-down on the regular Cordless Ring Light for fear of it breaking.
All of the control dials are smooth and responsive, and they provided me with enough resistance for fine-tuning without sending my settings all over the place if I happened to brush them by accident. A special mention should also go to the included lighting stand and travel case, which are both very robust (infinitely more so than the cheap ones often bundled with ring lights!).
The Lume Cube Cordless Ring Light Pro performs absolutely flawlessly – principally where it counts, with its absolutely flawless light quality. There is simply no other ring light on the market that makes you look as good, with its beautiful, even, soft, wrapping illumination.
Having a physical remote is an absolute game-changer. Some other streaming ring lights offer apps, but these are so often unreliable – dropping out constantly or lagging when you make an adjustment – and require you to have your phone on standby. I found that I could just tap the remote as easily as changing the channel on my TV, and it was easy to do at the same time as streaming for a seamless bit of content creation.
Not only is the light large enough to provide a great spread of illumination, but it also accommodates pretty much any kind of video gear. A rotatable phone mount is included, but there is also a standard camera mount to accommodate just about any size camera – as you can see below, it’s more than big enough for my full-frame Canon EOS R5. If you’re using a smaller dedicated streaming camera, you’ll have all the support you need. There is simply nothing to fault in terms of performance here!
- Yes: It has the best light quality for streamers
- Yes: It has the best features and controls
- No: It’s more expensive than its rivals
If you’re a streamer who wants a bright, flattering, and easy-to-use light to boost your content, the Lume Cube Cordless Ring Light Pro is for you. It’s unsurpassed in every respect but one: price. Other ring lights and light panels are more affordable, but none offer the all-around performance or the same quality of light.
The only potential drawback of the Cordless Ring Light Pro is if you want a device that can be powered by USB (if a mains outlet is not available), or one that has removable batteries (for continued use on the go). Otherwise, the Ring Light Pro is in a league of its own.
If the Lume Cube Cordless Ring Light Pro isn’t for you
The Ring Light Pro will be too expensive and simply too fancy for beginner game streamers. If you want to start with something cheaper, try these two brilliant ring lights below, both featured in our lighting for streaming guide.
Elgato Ring Light
For a similarly sized light, with comparable power and nearly as beautiful illumination, the Elgato Ring Light is a great alternative. It’s still pricey, but not nearly as expensive as the Lume Cube.
Neewer RP10-H Desktop Ring Light
If you don’t need anything as big or powerful as the Lume Cube, and your main concern is having some light for your game streaming rather than the best light, the Neewer RP10-H Desktop Ring Light is enough to do a serviceable job for an extremely low price.
Lume Cube Cordless Ring Light Pro verdict
With gorgeous light quality for streaming, a physical remote control for changing settings easily and an integrated battery, Lume Cube’s Cordless Ring Light Pro is probably one of the best of its type on the market. Due to its premium price, it’s probably not the best ring light for you if you’re on a budget. However, as it comes bundled with a sturdy light stand, smartphone and camera mount and travel case, it does offer real value for money and real high lighting performance.