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
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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- 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.
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- EASY INSTALLATION - Plug-and-play. Just use the included snap joints to hang it up and insert the plug to light it on
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LED Puck Lights
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.
- Widely Used: Cadrim led puck lights greatly help under cabinets in dimly lit kitchen, it is easy to install and adds a nice little update feel to your kitchen; also can be used for cabinet display, closet, hallway, etc.
- Bright & Adjustable: 55 Lumens, bright enough, soft and high quality long lasting LEDs, no need to replace LEDs.
- Wireless Remote Control: Turn the puck lightings ON/OFF with the remote control(2 controls included)or tap the light. Press "+" or "-" to get your wanted light(10 levels to adjust), press one by one and long press are optional.
- Automatic OFF Timer: Leave the lights on for hours, or use the optional timer to turn the lights off automatically after 30 or 60 minutes. Restart from the light of the last time you turn off.
- Color Changing LEDs – 13 color options by remote control and 4 preset colors warm white (2800-3300K), red, green and blue by manual operation. Fade and Smooth Mode also can be set.
- 55 LUMENS – Our long-lasting LED puck lights shine brighter with a 55 lumen, 3000K warm white glow. This LED under cabinet lighting will illuminate any area of your home. The LEDs never need to be replaced
- WIRELESS REMOTE – The remote control lights include a dimmer, an optional auto off timer and on/off capabilities for convenient control of your lights. The included wireless remote will allow you to control up to 12 puck lights up to 15 feet away
- SELECTABLE DIMMER - Select your desired level of brightness or press the 50% or 100% brightness button on the wireless remote
- OPTIONAL AUTO OFF TIMER - Set the under cabinet lights to turn OFF with the optional timer in 15, 30, 60 or 120 minutes to conserve battery life
- 100 HOUR RUN TIME – Each of our battery operated lights last up to 4 times longer than other puck lights on 3 AA batteries (18 included). Simply replace the batteries by twisting the light off of its base and insert new batteries
- 【Adjustable Brightness】The highest brightness can reach 60 lumens.+/- button on remote and lamp shell all can be used for stepless dimming. One remote control can control all 12 lights, other 3 for spare or let you split them lights up in different rooms(the best remote control distance range: 1.6 feet~21 feet).
- 【Remote & Manual Control】LED closet lights are equipped with remote controls, can set switches/brightness/color/lighting mode and timing. Pressing the lamp shade can turn the light ON/OFF. You can also switch the lights Colors by short pressing the lampshade or adjust the brightness by long pressing the lamp shade.
- 【4 colors & 3 light modes】4 preset lights:white(4000K),red,green,blue.3 light modes are jump, flash, gradinet can display 16 colors, giving you a pleasant, fun and romantic atmosphere.
- 【Easy to install and remove】Wireless design, easy to paste. Each LED closet light powered by 3 x AAA batteries (batteries not included, rechargeable batteries are recommended), quick installed with original 3M adhesive tapes. Suitable for your kitchen, Closet, Cabinet, Bedroom, Bookcase, Pantry, Hallway, Stair, Step, Utility Room, Basement etc. And yit also can be as the colorful atmosphere lamp.
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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.
- 【High Quality Material】The softbox is made of high-quality PET and maintains good reflective performance in a relatively closed softbox environment and under long-term bulb heating. Meanwhile, the light socket helps to better dissipate heat and keep the softbox in the best condition.
- 【Energy Efficient Bulbs】 With a standard E27 socket, 2 x 85W CFL bulbs supplied are equal to the 800W incandescent bulb in total to save energy up to 80% and last approx. 8000 hours, with 5400K color temperature, bulbs produce balanced pure white daylight lighting and continuous uniform light, providing a good photographic environment.
- 【210°Rotatable Head & Adjustable Stand】The studio softbox 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 66 cm and extend to 200 cm.
- 【Suitable for Various Photography】HPUSN softbox is ideal for use in studios. Whether it's portrait shooting, fashion photo shoots, children's photo shoots or still life shots, this softbox is easy to create the perfect lighting for indoors shooting, making photos more attractive.
- 【24-Month Guarantee】Once you purchase HPUSN softbox, if you have any problem about the product, you could contact our support email which printed in the package. We are here to hear and ready to help answer any question or solve any problem you encountered. If the product does not meet your satisfaction, you can let us know first and we will solve well for you.
- 【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.
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- SCIENTIFIC SOFT LIGHT TECHNOLOGY E27 socket directly connected to provide light source. Lighting kit uses dual soft light technology. Embossed stone on the silver diffuses the bulb light, reducing light loss and continuously illuminating the light with 2 x 85W bulb. High quality soft 5070 Nylon cloth for smooth light flow, eliminating shadows and making fine light suitable for photographic lighting
- LIGHT BULB FOR PHOTOGRAPHY 2 x 85W 110V-50Hz 5500K daylight CFL lighting bulb, the total output is equivalent to 800W ordinary incandescent bulb, low operating temperature, service life of about 8000 hours; independent switch control light, cable length 90 inches, can move freely in the studio, for shooting provide an excellent environment
- PORTABLE AND EASY TO OPERATE Foldable to 27 inch and extended to 85 inch adjustment light stand, durable and foldable for portability and work; made of high quality aluminum alloy with 1/4 inch standard threaded tip for heavy duty applications. Sturdy locking system ensures your items are safe from any swing during use; fast locks provide fast and precise height adjustment; durable Oxford cloth tote to accommodate softbox kits
- MULTIPLE SCENE APPLICATIONS This softbox is suitable for photography art, and meets the different needs of photography lighting, live broadcasting, video fill light, etc. It can be applied to advertising products, industrial technology photography, portraits and product photography, photographic reproduction, etc
LED Desktop Lamps
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.
- 【50 CUSTOMIZED ILLUMINATION】- Dimmable LED desk lamp features 5 color mode with 10 brightness level each, 50 light modes in total, enabling you to customize your desired light for work, study, reading, or relaxing. Thanks to the smart memory function for memorizing the light color and brightness, free to adjust and easy to keep personal setting
- 【MULTI-ANGLE ADJUSTMENT & SPACE-SAVING】- Foldable led desk lamp with 180° adjustable arm and 90° rotating axis base for more flexible illumination, foldable lamp head and arm for most space saving. Modern design fits with any type of decor, including office or bedroom
- 【USB CHARGING PORT & TOUCH CONTROL DESIGN】- Upgraded led desk lamp come with a USB charging port for charging your mobile devices conveniently. Designed with touch control, making it easy for you to set the brightness level just by sliding the touch pad lightly
- 【HANDY NIGHT LIGHT & AUTO TIMER】- User-friendly led desk lamp is equipped with a soft night light, creating a warm atmosphere for your night also allowing you to get the light in the dark immediately. Also featuring 1 hour auto timer for electricity saving if you doze off over your studies at night
- 【50000-HOUR+ LONG LIFESPAN】Designed to last for more than 50000 hours, no bulb changing troubles in the next 25 years. 20% energy consumption as incandescent bulb does. Furthermore, durable led desk lamp has passed 100,000 times switch operating test and 6,000 times flexural text, which greatly guarantees its longer service life
- Wonderfully Gentle on the Eyes: Shines a flicker-free light that brightens your space without harming your eyes; ideal for reading, working or studying
- Endless Lighting Possibilities: Create the perfect ambience with our LED desk lamp’s unique combination of 5 color modes & 7 brightness levels
- Functional USB charging port: Don’t sacrifice charging for lighting - built-in USB port keeps your phone at a full charge & within reach
- Adjustable Design: Freedom to cast the perfect spotlight, tilt the head up 135 degrees & swivel 90 degrees; the base tilts down to 150 degrees & swivels 45 degrees
- Energy Efficient LED: Featuring outstanding environmental performance, switch your traditional desk lamp to ours to help reduce the electricity bill by up to 75%
- 4 Lights Match Your Purpose: Choose between 4 unique lights with 5 custom levels of brightness for work, study, reading, or relaxing
- Convenient USB Charging: Recharge your devices via the built-in 5V/1A USB output; keep your smartphone or tablet within reach while charging
- Multi-Angle Adjustments for Optimized Lighting: Rotate the lamp arm up to 140° or swivel the base by 180° for a more direct illumination
- 1 Hour Auto-Off Timer: Turns the light off automatically to save on your electricity bill if you fall asleep under the lamp
- Touch Controls & Memory Function: Operates and responds with straight-forward touch controls; always remembers the brightness and mode last used for added convenience
LED Ring Lights
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.
- Please note: 1. The light stand is packed in a separate box inside the big package box (under the ring light box at the extreme bottom of the box)as shown in the 2nd picture. If you can't find it, please contact seller customer service; 2. Instructions for unfolding the stand are in the 8th picture. The legs are upwards, so please unfold the legs upside down
- Kit includes: (1)18"/48cm Outer 55W 5500K LED Ring Light+(1)61"/155cm Light Stand+(1)Soft Tube+(1)White and Orange Color Filter Set+(1)Ball Head Hot Shoe Adapter+(1)Universal Power Adapter with Plug+(1)Smart Phone Holder+(1)Carrying Bag for Ring Light
- Dimmable 18"/48cm Outer 55W 5500K 240 Pieces LED bulbs with a wide dimming range from 1%-100%. Special LED SMD design, lightweight and portable
- 61"/155cm light stand is constructed from aluminum alloy, giving it exceptional strength; The soft tube Makes the light rotate freely for the best position. White and orange color filters are made of high light transmission plastic material with steady color temperature
- A hot shoe adapter is compatible with Most DSLR cameras and a smart phone holder for most smartphones (iPhone 8 Plus/8/X/7/6, Samsung Galaxy S9/S8, Huawei, etc. ). Note: the camera and the smartphone in the picture are not include
- 【10" Ring Light】 AIXPI ring light comes with tripod stand & cell phone holder, it can help you whenever you need extra light for making up, taking photos, making videos, reading books, and live streaming! This ring light includes 120 bulbs, more than other 8'' and 9'' ring light even som 12" 14" ring light.
- 【Adjustable Brightness】3 colors lighting mode: white, warm yellow, and warm white. Each lighting mode has 10 adjustable brightness, it can meet your different needs
- 【Universal Phone Holder】 The phone clip can be extended to 3.93inch(10cm), it is compatible with most smartphones with or without a case.
- 【USB Powered】The USB ports can be used with multiple devices,such as connect USB charger, mobile power, computer host and laptop. You will be able to enjoy LED ring light at any time freely!
- 【After-sale service】We will provide you with a high quality after-sales, 12 months After-sale service. Please contact us anytime if any question.
- 【High Brightness & Clever Touch Control】Sensyne selfie ring light features a high sensitivity touch panel design that has a longer life than traditional mechanical buttons. It provides full control to easily adjust the 3 color modes (cool white, warm yellow and daylight) and 10 brightness levels to meet your different needs. Perfect for Photographers, YouTubers, Vloggers, TikTokers, etc.
- 【Versatile Accessories】 The included AC/DC adapter helps protect your safety while improving the ring light’s brightness by over 50% than other USB-powered models. The phone holder is spring-loaded and extends up to 3.6" wide, it is compatible with almost ALL smartphones with or without a case.
- 【Fully customizable portable tripod Stand】 Extending from 15.7 inches to 50 inches, our tripod can be adjusted to any height within seconds as needed, short enough to stand on tabletop, tall enough to fit your height. This compact circle light set comes handy when you do makeup, artworks, beauty & fashion live streaming, video calls and more.
- 【Wireless remote shutter】- the pocket-sized Bluetooth remote allows you to take selfies or group photos easily from a distance up to 30 feet. Compatible with most Apple/Android smart phones like, Samsung Galaxy Series, etc. No app download necessary.
- 【After-sale service】We will provide you with a high quality after-sales, 12 months After-sale service. Please contact us anytime if any question.
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.