Chatlight - Video and Selfie LED lighting (silver)
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- Chatlight is a video chat light and selfie light using LED technology
- It is portable, adjustable, rechargeable and does not require batteries
- You determine the brightness with low and high settings as well as a rotating light bar
- Chatlight is expandable, fitting any smartphone, tablet, laptop and many desktops
- Multi-use for video chat, skype, lighting up keyboards, books and more
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By using the newest LED technology, Chatlight's durable bulbs last over 50,000 hours and up to 120 minutes on a single charge. Chatlight is expandable. It fits perfectly on any smartphone, tablet or laptop and many desktop computers. No need to constantly buy batteries as Chatlight can be plugged in to a standard wall outlet or any USB port to recharge in approximately 60 minutes. Chatlight's light bar can be rotated up or down depending on where you need the light projected. You determine Chatlight's brightness by the flip of a switch depending on how much light you need to look your best. There are many uses for the Chatlight, including lighting up selfies, keyboards, books and videos.
From the Manufacturer
Chatlight is a small, portable light designed by a photographer to properly illuminate oneself to look clear, bright and better online.
Designed to attach to your phone, tablet, most desktops and any other screens made for video chats and live streams.
Experience the difference great lighting can make!
Adjustable, Rotating Light Bar, Long Lasting LEDs, No Batteries, Versatile, Brightness Options
Enhance the performance of your camera lens with effective lighting
When you are trying to connect with someone via Skype, Facetime, Facebook Live, etc and you or the person on the other side look grainy, dark or blurry, Chatlight will do the trick.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Video Chat Lighting
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
Chatlight was designed by a professional photographer who was frustrated with the way people look on screen via video chat and skype calls. The inventor of Chatlight, a professional photographer and production studio owner, saw the main problem immediately when Skype was launched. He noticed that people looked dark and/or blurry when video chatting and that, through a photographer’s eyes, the simple solution was better lighting. Fast forward to 2015 when the first and original Chatlight became ready for millions of consumers everywhere to illuminate their faces and make them look better online.
What makes your product special?
Chatlight was founded by Henry Geddes and Ian Shiell and is the first in a line of products designed to make the video chat experience better and to make its users look more appealing on line. Not only is the goal to make people look better, but also the increased lighting from the Chatlight will improve the camera lens function and image quality.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
Chatlight is proud to have conducted a successful Kickstarter campaign which included over 1,000 enthusiastic and supportive backers who believed in a product that up until now had not even existed. The response to Chatlight's post Kickstarter survey yielded overwhelming support and has opened doors for Chatlight to be shared with the rest of the world.
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As far as construction, here is the rub. I keep my light sitting on the top of my laptop, and it does not get moved unless I am taking my laptop somewhere. I went to plug it in after only a few months of ownership, and the mini USB outlet where it is plugged in to hold power had broken off into the unit. I contacted Amazon, who sent a replacement and I shipped it back to them. They sent a different color, but I did not care at this point. This unit has another issue: the on/off switch has a sensitive spot, and it I put the brightness all the way on, it turns off. There is something wrong with the switch unit where it must not be making contact. It has shotty construction that needs to be improved if they want someone to be able to recommend the product to others, especially at the $30 price tag.
Doesn't attach to iMac (27", Late 2013 model). The iMac case slopes on the back side which tilts the light forward, partially blocking the camera view. The slope also causes the spring mount on the light case to slowly ease the light up and off the screen. The supplied adhesive velcro could perhaps be employed here, but you'd need to attach it to the front of the iMac screen and who wants to do that? (Fits on my iPhone and iPad fine.)
Bright setting is too bright to stare at (which you have to do if you want to make "eye contact" by staring into the camera). You can tape a piece of wax paper over the light as a diffuser (as suggested by the manufacturer's YouTube channel), but that makes the reflection more pronounced in my glasses.
One issue if you're using it with an external monitor: the light drops off A LOT after about 12 inches; if you're more than 18 inches away the camera will barely see a difference. So a laptop or tablet is usually fine.
Downsides (and the reasons for four stars instead of a full five):
- The clip that holds the light in place runs the full width of the light and is very secure. The downside is that when the hole for the camera is lined up over the camera, the clip blocks my laptop's built in microphone. Measure the distance between camera and mic on your device first.
- Putting the fill-in light right on the same plane as the screen works OK for short chats, but staring into the bright light, which is mounted right over the camera, is too much during longer video calls (unless you're a TV news anchor and used to staring into studio lights). So I use this for short video calls, but for longer calls I rearrange the room so that there's a desk lamp illuminating my face.
Bottom line: Great product for shorter chats, and priced cheaply enough to be worth buying even if you don't use it all the time. Too bright and glaring and close to the screen for longer video calls.
I do like this light - here are some details:
PRO's: It hooks on very well to my laptop. It has 2 levels of brightness. Easy to charge.
CONs: It's not the best solution if you wear glasses as the light will reflect off the lenses. Solution: I don't wear my glasses. The light will be unbalanced because it sits on one side of the camera lens. Solution: I might buy a second one to put on the opposite side. Double the $ for having to buy 2 (but that's my preference for even more light).
Overall - I would have given it 4.5 stars - minus .5 because I will buy another one to balance out the lighting.