DIY Elgato Key Light Alternative
Have the fancy Elgato Key Light panels caught your eye? But you are a streamer on a budget, and don’t mind sacrificing some convenience for saved expenses?
IMO it is a bit ridiculous to pay $200 for a 2500 lumen light setup. Of course you are digging the overall concept that Elgato is offering, but that is why you are here looking for an alternative.
Don’t fret I have the DIY solution for you, the streamer on a budget or the streamer who just doesn’t want to get ripped off by Elgato or any other large company.
First off I think that the light is extremely overpriced at the price of $200 and for the features that it offers. Clearly Elgato is taking advantage of people who don’t know any better and are looking for the “Best” product. While the only unique feature offered is the integration they have with stream deck. Which doesn’t matter if you don’t even own a stream deck.
The integration allows you to adjust the temperature of you light and the brightness as well. Honestly though, how often do you think you will be adjusting you camera lighting? If you are like me then you probably will never do that. And if you do that is fine, I’m just not there with ya. Although, you do have a cheaper option to adjust these settings without reaching around to the light, in which we will go over right now.
Parts list: (prices as of 2/22)
- Aluminum Monopod $19.99 – Adjustable up to 37 inches
- 2.3″ Clamp $14.99 – Threaded table clamp (1/4-20) to mount to table
- Neewer 500LED light panel $59.99 – 2900 lumen with wireless remote
So now we have a wirelessly controlled adjust-ability for half the price of the Elgato solution. You lose out here on stream deck integration and the Elgato name. In my opinion it is a well worth it trade off. If you think about it, now you can have two Elgato Key light alternative solutions for one Elgato Key light, now that is even better!
Now you can mix an match some parts to you taste, liking, and budget. Save yourself some money and upgrade you camera or some other part of your stream. Then maybe down the road when you stream is pulling in a lot of money grab all the name branded stuff you need, or not. It is really up to you and I just want you to have a budget friendly option out there!
You can save half the cost of an Elgato setup without stream deck integration by buying a custom mix and match of parts from amazon or a lighting store. The setup is way more space friendly than a diffused lighting setup and lights up your stream just as well.