The Best Cheap Ring Lights For Sale on Amazon in 2019

A ring light is a circular lamp that surrounds the lens of a camera.

Fashion photographers use ring lights because they cast an even light, a diffused shadow and a cool halo-effect in the subject's eye. If you've seen yourself in a lighted makeup mirror, that's a ring light effect. 

Today, ring lights are mainstream because YouTube and Instagram personalities want their beauty and makeup tutorials to look professional. 

A typical ring-light kit includes a stand and colored filters. Some models also have a phone holder and a mini-tripod that can fit on a table top. Lights with larger diameters usually cost more than smaller lamps.

Here are the best-reviewed ring lights that have sold for $100 or less in the last 12 months:

Selfie Ring Light For Phone Video Shooting Makeup YouTube Vine Portrait Photography With Stand Mirror Table Top Dimmable LED Photo 8-inch 24W 5500K Video Lights Lamps

Good Price: $53 | Great Price: $46

This ring light is very bright and great for makeup, according to several Amazon customers (many of whom post makeup looks to Instagram). Several reviewers say the light kit is easy to assemble despite poor instructions. A few customers complained about flickering.

SAMTIAN LED Ring Light 14 inches Outer YouTube Light 180 Dimmable LED Lighting Kit with 2M Light Stand, Cradle Head, Phone Holder for Video Shooting, YouTube Video, Portraiture, Makeup

Good Price: $86 | Great Price: $75

Samtian's ring light gets high praise from Amazon customers, many of whom love the included accessories (e.g. a carrying bag, stand, phone mount and a shutter remote). Some reviewers say that the stand feels wobbly when its extended to its full height.

Neewer Camera Photo/Video 18 inches/48 Centimeters Outer 55W 240 Pieces LED SMD Ring Light 5500K Dimmable Ring Video Light with Plastic Color Filter Set and Universal Adapter with US/EU Plug

Good Price: $80 | Great Price: $60

Neewer's ring light is high-quality, lightweight and easy to travel with, according to several happy customers. Some reviewers had issues with the power adapter and had to ask the manufacturer for a replacement; others said that no instructions were included (but that it was still easy to assemble).

Selfie Ring Light with Cell Phone Holder Stand for Live Stream/Makeup, UBeesize LED Camera Lighting [3-Light Mode] [10-Level Brightness] with Flexible Arms Compatible with iPhone 8 7 6 Plus X Android

Good Price: $20 | Great Price: $11

This phone-sized ring light can be used as a desk lamp or reading light because it includes a gator clip and a snaking cord. Phablet owners may want to look elsewhere: Several Amazon customers say that the included phone holder can't support the weight of large smartphones.

John DeFeo