If you’re looking for the best lights for enhancing portraits, selfies, make-up or hair shots, macro and product photographs, look no further than our Spectrum Aurora ring lights.
The soft and even light given off by ring lights lets you illuminate your subjects in a variety of ways, and there are different sizes of lights – from large studio ones that need stands, to the compact types that you can attach to your phone.
Ring lights give a slick and professional look to your images and video, but they do have some limitations – they’re great for lighting single subjects or small and medium objects, but not so good for group shots or larger items.
Why a Ring Light?
LED ring lights are one of the most versatile lighting tools that you can buy, and the quality of light, as well as their portability and convenience, makes them worth the cost. Because they give continuous lighting, you can see what your image is going to be lit like before you press record or click the shutter.
Unlike traditional flash head units and softboxes, ring lights don’t get in the way of your camera – you can shoot right through the centre of the ring, as well as move the lights to the side.
You can also team two or more of our Spectrum Aurora ring lights together to create a totally unique and different lighting aesthetic for your work, as well as team them with reflectors to lift any small amount of shadow.
Portrait photographers love them because their circular shape gives the subject’s eyes that beautiful ring of light around the iris. (If you want to know how a portrait was lit, just look at the model’s eyes – you’ll see a reflection called a catchlight there, which shows what type of lighting modifier was used).
They don’t heat up like conventional tungsten lights, which means you can pack up straight away at the end of a shoot without waiting around for your light to cool down.
Spectrum Aurora Ring Light Comparison
This article is going to look at the Spectrum Aurora Ring Light Comparison table, so you can see which one of the new range of ring lights suit you best.
|FEATURES||MINI PEARL||MINI PEARL II||DIAMOND LUXE V1||
DIAMOND LUXE II
|GOLD LUXE I||GOLD LUXE II|
|Light Source||180 SMD individual LED lights||240 SMD individual LED lights||240 SMD individual LED lights||512 SMD individual LED lights||240 SMD individual LED lights||512 SMD individual LED lights|
|Colour Temperature||5400K (natural daylight)||3000-5500K||5400K (natural daylight)||3000-5500K||3000-5500K||3000-5500K|
|Approx. Lifespan||80,000 hrs||80,000 hrs||80,000 hrs||80,000 hrs||100,000 hrs||100,000 hrs|
|CRI+ Colour Rating||95+||95+||95+||95+||95+||95+|
|Power Cable||Australian Plug||Australian Plug (Also UK, US & EU Available)||Australian Plug||Australian Plug (Also UK, US & EU Available)||Australian Plug (Also UK, US & EU Available)||Australian Plug (Also UK, US & EU Available)|
|Ring Light Diameter||13"/34cm||14"/34.5cm||19"/50cm||18"/44.5cm||19"/50cm||50cm|
|Colour Temperature Control||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Luminance @1m||2600 LM||3000 LM||4200 LM||6000 LM||6000 LM||6000 LM|
|Attachable Mirror||Yes – Included||Yes – Included||Yes – Included||Yes – Included||Yes – Included||Yes - Included|
|200cm Light Stand||Yes – Included||Yes – Included||Yes – Included||Yes – Included||Yes – Included||Yes - Included|
|Phone Bracket||Yes – Included||Yes – Included||Yes – Included||Yes – Included||Yes – Included||Yes - Included|
|Camera Bracket||Yes – Included||
Yes – Included
|Yes – Included||
Yes – Included
|Yes – Included||Yes - Included|
|Goose Neck||No||No||No||Yes - Included||Yes – Included||Yes- Included|
|Carry Bag||Yes – Included||Yes – Included||Yes – Included||Yes – Included||Yes – Included||Yes - Included|
|Diffuser Panels||Yes – Included||Yes - Built In||Yes – Included||Yes – Included||Yes - Built In||Yes - Included|
Spectrum Aurora Firefly Selfie Phone Ring Light Comparison
|SPECTRUM AURORA DIAMOND LUXE FIREFLY||SPECTRUM AURORA GOLD LUXE FIREFLY|
|Colour Temperature||Daylight White ONLY||Warm Orange, Daylight White, Warm Orange + Daylight White|
|Brightness Levels||3||3 for Warm Orange, 3 for Daylight White, 3 for Warm Orange + Daylight White|
|Luminance||40 LM||40 LM|
|Smartphone Compatibility||iPhone XS / X / 8 / 7/ 6s / 6s Plus / 6 /6 Plus / 5s / 5c / 5 / 4s / 4, Samsung Galaxy Series like Galaxy S6, S6 Edge Plus, Note 5, LG Phones, Moto, Huawei, HTC, Sony and other Phones.||iPhone XS / X / 8 / 7/ 6s / 6s Plus / 6 /6 Plus / 5s / 5c / 5 / 4s / 4, Samsung Galaxy Series like Galaxy S6, S6 Edge Plus, Note 5, LG Phones, Moto, Huawei, HTC, Sony and other Phones.|
|Physical Colour||Gold Rush, Winter White||
Gold Rush, Winter White
|Power Supply||USB Cable||USB Cable|
The New Spectrum Aurora Ring Light Range
As a general rule, the larger the area you want to light, the bigger the ring light you’ll need. If you’re just starting out, the Spectrum Aurora 14" LED Pro Ring Light Kit - Mini Pearl II is a budget-friendly choice, as well as being a compact size for travelling. MUA’s will find it great for lighting brows or lips.
Photo booths require a larger, more powerful ring light like the Spectrum Aurora 18" Diamond Luxe II Ring Light , which is also great for MUA’s and beauty professionals, as it provides flawlessly lit images that show off your work to the best advantage, as well as keeping the colours true to life
The Spectrum Aurora 19" Gold Luxe II Ring Light certainly doesn’t come in cheap, but it’s an investment in your future. If you are looking to move up from entry-level or mid-range ring lights, then this is the one for you. It provides enough light to illuminate flat lays, and also to give shadowless light for interior design photographers, MUA’s, vloggers, social media influencers, portrait photographers, still life and food photographers etc.
As our Spectrum Aurora Ring Light comparison table shows, each ring light has different strengths and capabilities.
It will stand you well in the future if you buy the best ring light you can afford now, and one that will be powerful enough for your needs in a few years’ time without you having to buy a more powerful one.
At the end of the day, the type of ring light you choose will come down to personal preference and the type of photography or videography that you do, but hopefully, this ring light comparison will help make your decision easier.
For more Spectrum fun, check out our updated 2022 Ring Light Guide here