Best Led Lights For Online Esl Teachers

Best LED Lights For Online ESL Teachers in 2021

Use LED Lights to Brighten Up Your Online ESL Classroom

As an online ESL teacher, lighting is among the few factors you will need to keep in mind while setting up your workspace. In fact, many online ESL companies consider the brightness of your workspace both during the recruitment stage as well as when evaluating your performance. What’s more, you may be asked to improve your lighting setup if the online ESL company you work with thinks it is affecting your classes.

Having good lighting as an online ESL teacher is important. A good, bright ambiance for your virtual classroom  ensures your students can clearly see you – especially as you speak and interact with them – and makes you appear professional. Besides, a nicely lit room might also brighten your mood.

Many online ESL teachers neglect lighting, and needlessly pay the price in terms of lower ratings and popularity. Invest in good lighting options and your investment should pay off in better ratings and more classes, and more opportunities.

Improving the lighting in your virtual classroom set up is not expensive, and not difficult to accomplish. The only challenge with lighting is that everyone is going to have unique lighting needs, depending on other factors such as your skin complexion and the current brightness of your workspace. Because of this, we are going to look at different types of lighting solutions for the online ESL teacher.

LED Lights are the Way to Go

LED lights cost a bit more than other types of lighting, but the prices are coming down. Even then, using LED lights costs less over the long-term, as they need to be replaced less frequently, and are significantly more energy-efficient than alternatives. Another benefit of using LED lights is that they can provide continuous light for long periods while not emitting as much heat as other types of lighting. The last thing you want is to teach ESL online for hours sweating buckets because of the heat coming out of your lights. You won’t feel that way with LED lights.

If you use a green screen while teaching ESL online, adequate LED lighting can provide continuous brightness for illuminating the screen.

So, let’s look at the several advantages LED lighting offers over alternatives:

  • Longer lasting than incandescent, fluorescent, CFL, and halogen
  • Significantly more energy efficient: a 6-watt LED bulb can produce the same amount of light as a 40-watt incandescent bulb
  • Give off less heat, making them safer and more comfortable to use
  • Higher brightness and intensity than other types of lighting, and as much as 10 times the lumens as an incandescent light with the same wattage
  • Wider color range: LED lights offer a wide range of color and color temperatures, making them ideal for adjusting the intensity or warmth of the lighting to suit your desired ambiance
  • More reliable and durable: unlike some alternatives, LED lights don’t break easily, thus providing more stability
  • Illuminate instantaneously: when you turn on a LED light, the light is at full brightness immediately
  • Emit light in one direction: whereas other forms of lighting emit light all around, LED lighting emits light in a single direction, giving you concentrated illumination and little to no light leakage

Getting Your Lighting Set Up for your Unique Situation

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Before you go buying a bunch of LED lights, you need to first think about the room or space, and the current lighting situation, where you plan to teach ESL online.

Overhead Lighting

The first thing you want to address is overhead lighting. If you already have bright lighting fixed into or hanging from your ceiling above where you will teach, you will probably need to add minimal lighting close up to get the job done. If not, then you want to first address the overhead lighting, because that is going to have biggest impact on the ambiance of your workspace.

The easiest way to address overhead lighting is to install LED lights overhead. You want to be sure that the lights are facing down, directly above where you sit or stand while teaching online.

Natural Light

Natural light can be a plus, but it can also work against you. Depending on what time of day you teach English online, and where your windows are situated, natural lighting can have either a positive or negative impact on your room ambiance, as well as your own comfort. Natural lighting is not consistent due to time, direction, and weather patterns. You might also feel incredibly hot during summer months, and natural light from behind can actually make you appear darker – or even silhouetted – on screen.

Green Screening

If you intend to use a green screen while teaching ESL online, your lighting setup is even more important. When you green screen, your lighting set up should not only illuminate the green screen consistently, you will also need some lighting to illuminate yourself. Indeed, lighting is just as, if not more, important than the green screen itself.

Everyone will have unique lighting set ups for green screening, so there is no one size fits all solution. At the same time, green screening for online teaching doesn’t require the same expensive equipment as it does for photography or videography. An affordable green screen kit that includes lighting might well get you the results you need. Or you may need additional lighting overhead and on the desk.

Best LED Lights for Online ESL Teachers

We are going to look at different types of LED lighting options you have as an online ESL teacher, as this will better prepare you for considering and setting up lighting based on your specific needs.

LED Shop Lights

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LED shop lights are ideal for online ESL teachers who work in a dimly-lit room and need bright overhead lighting. The first step to achieving good, consistent illumination is to start with a well-lit room, and shop lights will give you that. Of course, shop lights are intended for workshops, and while technically your workspace is not a workshop, it is a space where you will require bright lighting.

The single biggest pro of installing shop lights is obvious – you can significantly brighten the room with one or more shop lights. One downside is that you will either need to fix or hang them from the ceiling, which means they do require a bit of handiwork. Another consideration is that you can’t easily move shop lights around. Since you fix them to the ceiling, you ought to be sure this is the spot where you’ll be teaching ESL online for a good long while.

  • Top-Rated Economy LED Utility Shop Light
  • Specifications: Length 4 FT / 48 IN, No Cover, Beam Angle 240°, Kelvin 5000, Wattage 40, CRI 80+, Lumens 4000, Voltage 120, Linkable 4.
  • Linkable: Seamlessly connect up to 4 LED shop lights together with connectors for energy savings in your home, office or any workspace.
  • Simple Installation: Follow our installation guide for a quick and easy setup, mounting hardware included (4.8' Power Cord with Plug)! Directly mount to the ceiling or suspend from the ceiling for instant bright light in your garages, basements, warehouses, and storage area.
  • Super brightness: Our led shop light is made of high-quality plastic, offering lightweight yet super bright lighting experience. It helps your garage or mancave a totally different place and wiping out the hassle of installation at the same time. Let there be light!
  • Super Bright - Barrrina shop light bring your application the best lighting available with an incredible minimum of 125lm/watt (Each light has 9000lm output). Illuminate the dark corners of your space
  • Energy Saving - Each led lights has 72w low power consumption, save up to 70% on your electricity bill by replacing fluorescent tubes
  • Easy Installation - These led shop lights could plug & play or be hardwired to wall switch. And you could link up to 5 lights in a series by 48 inches connecting cords. Reducing your installation and wiring cost and time
  • Comfortable - 5000K daylight white offers the best lighting experience for garage and general area lighting. No buzzing ballasts. No flickering. No mercury or hazardous materials. No UV or IR Radiation
  • What You Get - 3 years warranty. 10 x Barrina T8 8' led shop light, 5 x Power cords with ON/OFF switch, 10 x Power hardwires, 10 x Installation accessories, 8 x 48inches Connector cables, 10 x Small connectors
  • Top-Rated Economy LED Utility Shop Light
  • Specifications: Length 4 FT / 48 IN, No Cover, Beam Angle 240°, Kelvin 5000, Wattage 40, CRI 80+, Lumens 4000, Voltage 120, Linkable 4.
  • Linkable: Seamlessly connect up to 4 LED shop lights together with connectors for energy savings in your home, office or any workspace.
  • Simple installation: Follow our installation guide for a quick and easy setup, mounting hardware included (4.8' Power Cord with Plug)! Directly mount to the ceiling or suspend from the ceiling for instant bright light in your garages, basements, warehouses, and storage area.
  • Super brightness: Our led shop light is made of high-quality plastic, offering lightweight yet super bright lighting experience. It helps your garage or mancave a totally different place and wiping out the hassle of installation at the same time. Let there be light!

LED Puck Lights

Best Led Lights For Online Esl Teachers

LED puck lights are actually intended to brighten up areas like the kitchen or closets, but they can illuminate your online ESL workspace just as well. Puck lights are very inexpensive, but their real advantage is the ability to adjust their brightness to set the right ambiance for your workspace, and this can be done with a remote control. You can also set them to turn off on a timer, and they’re very easy to install – just stick them onto the ceiling or a wall. These low power lights will last for a long, long time.

The major downside of puck lights is they operate on AA batteries, so you will need to replace batteries, and probably need a lot of batteries on hand.

LED Softbox Lighting Kits

LED softbox lighting kits are intended for studio use, and you’ve probably seen these types of lights when hiring a photographer for family portraits. Softbox lights are great for online ESL teachers using a green screen, as bulbs provide continuous lighting, and the softbox softens the light reflection, which is ideal for the green screen setup.

Softbox lights can take up a bit of space, so these might be the best LED lights for online ESL teachers who have a relatively spacious workspace.

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  • ❃New LED Light Bulb & light beads❃ Our new LED energy-saving light bulbs have 30 high-quality light beads inside, bring you a brighter and clearer lightness, long service life and less fragile than the traditional soft box bulb. Energy saving up to 80% compared to incandescent bulbs of similar output.The color temperature can be adjusted from 2800K to 5700K easily and the bulb has a wide brightness dimming range from 1% to 100%.
  • ❃2×Remote Control (1 FOR BONUS)❃ You can turn on / off the light and adjust the brightness and color temperature of the softbox lighting by a remote control. No need to very near the soft light box when you want to adjust it. Save your time also. In addition, we will give away a remote control. So you have two remote controls to use. When one of the remote controls is damaged, you can use the other to operate. The remote control is not equipped with battery,please buy it yourself.
  • ❃Dimmable Tricolor Light & Suitable for Multiple Scenarios❃ The lighting kit featured with 3 color light modes: white,warm yellow,warm white and yellow. You can freely change the color of the light to meet your different needs. This photography lighting kit is suitable for multiple scenarios,such as Youtube/Vlog Video shooting,live streaming and makeup,portrait photography,fashion photo studio,home daily photo shooting, children's photo shoots, tiktok shooting and product photography.
  • ❃Rotatable Lamp Holder & Adjustable Light Stand❃ The studio softbox can rotate 210°,providing you with the suitable light from different angles,making your photos or video more perfect. The tripod stand can extend from 26 inches to 78 inches with a 3-section column design, you can quickly install and disassemble them.If you have any problem with our product,please feel free to contact us.
  • ❃High Quality Materials❃ The light tripod is made of premium aluminum alloy, more solid and stable. The softbox is made of premium cloth and high quality reflector material,which is more thinner and softer and makes the reflected light brighter. Softbox diffuses the light and gives you perfect even lighting when you need for the best shots possible.With E27 socket, you can directly connect light bulbs, fluorescent lamps, or slave flash to offer the light.
  • 【5-In-1 Reflector & Energy Efficient Bulbs】:Our softbox lighting for photography contains a 5-in-1reflector(Gold/Silver/White/Black/Translucent) and 2 95W E27 energy efficient spiral bulbs . The service life of the bulbs is about 10000 hours and the color temperature is 5500K, which can save 80% of the electricity for you. The reflector is highly reflective and brightens both shadows and highlights but does not change the color of the available light.
  • 【2 x Softbox】: 2pcs 50 x 70cm/20 x 28inch studio equipment creates even and diffused light by directing light through the inner aluminized fabric surface act as an efficient reflector. Ultimate soften light stream and remove shadow to make perfect shooting. With E27 socket,you can directly connect light bulbs, very easy to install and use.
  • 【210°Rotatable Head & Adjustable Stand】The studio lights with reflector has an independent locking knob, which can be rotated 210° to adapt to different angles. The light frame is made of high-quality aluminum and the top is equipped with a 1/4 screw installation. The three-section column design can shrink to 68cm/27inch and extend to 200cm/80inch. The new tripod is more stable and will not shake even when it reaches the highest point.
  • 【High Quality Material】YICOE photography lighting kit is made of high-quality PET and maintains good reflective performance in a relatively closed softbox environment. Meanwhile, the light socket helps to better dissipate heat and keep the softbox in the best condition. Our reflectors are made of high-quality polyester, which prolongs the service life of the product. The reflector will not be damaged even after multiple folding.
  • 【Suitable for Various Photography & 24-month Warranty】This lighting for video recording is ideal for use in studios. Whether it's portrait shooting, fashion photo shoots, children's photo shoots or still life shots, the softbox with light diffuser is easy to create the perfect lighting for indoors shooting, making photos more attractive. ONE YEAR WARRANTY FOR QUALITY ISSUE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US.
  • 【2 Softbox】: 2pcs 20 x 28inch MountDog softbox ultimately soften light stream and remove shadow to make perfect shooting; Silver internal face to minimize light loss and maximize light spread, with E27 socket,you can directly connect light bulbs,fluorescent lamps or slave flash to offer the light.
  • 【Energy Efficient Bulbs】: 2 x 95W Energy saving compact fluorescent spiral bulb, in total to save energy up to 80% and life time approx 10000 hours. With 6500K color temperature, providing a good photographic environment.
  • 【210° Rotatable Head & Adjustable Light Stand】: Angle can be 210°adjustable lamp holder, which can suit for different perfect shooting with 1/4-inch Standard Screw Thread Tip. It still comes with 2 adjustable light stand that can be fold to 27'' or expand to 80''. Make you use it better.
  • 【Suitable for Various Photography】: It is ideal for general photography including portraits, group shots, glamour and product photography. This softbox is light weight and easy to set up and take anywhere you want.
  • 【High Quality Material】: Softbox light reflector made of professional particulate silver film reflective fabric with nylon white screen soften the hard light and eliminate object shadows. One-piece opening and folding easy to use and store. 110-130V bulb socket.The soft box can diffuse light and provide the soft light beam to eliminate shadows and take perfect pictures.

LED Desktop Lamps

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Most online ESL teachers will probably get by just fine with two LED desktop lamps. Essentially, these are study lamps, so you can use them for reading or other work during non-teaching hours, and then repurpose them for lighting when teaching online. What’s good about LED desktop lamps is that they’re inexpensive, bright, and easy to place on your desk. You can also move them around to get the lighting just right. Some desktop lamps are designed with a clip, which is useful if you want to clip your lamp on to the desk or attach it to your screen.

The one factor you need to keep in mind if you use LED desktop lamps is that they typically emit light in one direction, so you may indeed need more than one lamp, especially if you are using a green screen.

  • 【Desk Light with 4 Lighting Modes and 7 Brightness Levels】 36pcs LEDs table lamp comes with sensitive touch control for 7 brightness and 4 lighting mode adjustment, which best matchs your need of sleeping,studying,reading,or relaxing.
  • 【Table Lamp with Multi-Angle Adjustments for Optimized Lighting】Rotate the adjustable desk light arm up to 180°as the picture shown or swivel the base by 90° for a best illumination,which allows you to adjust your led light with ease and to direct the light wherever you want.
  • 【Home Office Lamp equipped with Convenient USB Charging】Desk lamp equipped with USB charging port. Recharge your devices via the 5V/1A USB output, keeps your phone, tablet ,kindle readers,and other electronic devices within reach while charging.
  • 【Led Lamp with 1-Hour Auto Time Off】Turns the light off automatically to save on your electricity bill when you doze off over your studies or works at night. A modern led lamp designed for home, office,bedroom,etc.
  • 【Reading Lamp with Eye-caring Tech】Enjoy a uniform, soft and flicker-free light beam of our reading lamp that can effectively relieve eye fatigue to protect your eyes even after long hours of use.【ETL Certified】
  • Eye-friendly LED panel: 52 full spectrum beads with soft light, no flicker, no shadow, which avoids eye fatigue caused by flickering light and harsh glare effectively, desk lamp is ideal for reading, study for long time
  • 50 Adjustable Light Choices: LED desk lamp has 10 brightness levels and 5 lighting modes to choose, providing ideal light levels for working, studying, reading, and relaxing
  • Touch control & memory function: Touch Sensor Switch is applied to this led table lamp. Memory function means you only need to set the brightness / color mode once you use this desk lamp, and desk light will automatically return to the setting when turned on next time
  • USB Charging & Auto-Off Timer: Recharge your smart phone via the built-in 5V/1A USB output while lighting. Turn light off automatically with 30min/60min Auto-Off Timer, perfect for when dozing off.
  • Long Lifespan: LED desk lamp. No Lead or Mercury. No UV or IR Radiation. Adopting aluminum alloy heat sink, Up to 50000hrs Lifespan, 40 times longer than a typical incandescent light
  • 【Wireless Charging & USB charging】LED desk lamp has various functions and can satisfy you for charging two electronic devices at the same time. Wireless charging base and USB charging port provide convenience for your life.
  • 【3 Lighting Modes,6 Brightness Levels】Desk lamp has three light modes, white light, mixed light and warm light, suitable for different occasions, reading before bed, working, studying, sensitive touch design, you can adjust the brightness by long pressing, let you experience different brightness.
  • 【No Flicker & Eye Protection】Table lamp will not flicker. The 9V2A adapter is included in the package to meet your charging needs while working. The high-quality 31 lamp beads provide you with a comfortable light and protect your eyes.
  • 【Portable & Flexible Design】LED desk lamp has a 120°rotating base and a 90° adjustable lamp body, which can provide more flexible lighting, and the lamp has a larger lighting area. The foldable design saves space, you can carry it anywhere in the office, living room, bedroom, dormitory and other places.
  • 【Satisfactory After-sales Service】We provide return service without reason. If you have any questions about desk lamp,you can contact us immediately.We will do our best to provide you with a satisfactory shopping experience.

LED Ring Lights

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LED ring lights are among our favorite types of lights to use for online teaching, because they’re not as glaring to the eye as other LED lights. LED ring lights are portable, attach to a tripod stand, and are easy to place practically anywhere on your desk. Though more ideal for taking selfies and posting videos on social channels, LED rings lights get bright enough to illuminate your immediate your face for the webcam.

We don’t recommend using just one LED ring light – you’ll need at least two, plus additional lighting overhead in the room. Ring lights are useful for ensuring your students can clearly see you on their screens. They are also handy for traveling teachers. You can neatly pack these into your suitcase as they’re both lightweight and compact, and because they’re flat, they don’t take up much space in your carry-on.

Finishing Up

Lighting is something you will need to spend some time tweaking and refining as you go with online ESL teaching. There is just no one size fits all solution for everyone, since online ESL teachers work in different types and sizes of rooms, with their own unique atmosphere, have different skin complexions, and may use lighting for green screening.

If you already have a brightly-lit room for teaching online, we recommend starting with two LED desktop lamps. These should be adequate for enhancing your ambiance in front of the webcam.

On the other hand, if you’re working from a dimly-lit room, you’ll want to invest a small amount of money to brighten up the room, and for this, shop lights are great, assuming you are working in a dedicated space in your home.

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