Logitech Litra Glow Hands-On: An Easy-to-Use Selfie Light

The Logitech Litra Glow is a pretty easy solution to your office lighting problems. Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

I wish I had a solution like the Logitech Litra Glow when I started buying odds and ends to build my perfect office lighting situation. It took me a few years to get to my current video chat and live streaming setup, and that was after a bit of trial and error. And even then, it sometimes feels like a bit of an exaggeration to have a tripod out in the open when I’m just sitting at my desk and taking phone calls.

The Litra Glow is part of the Logitech for Creators lineup, which includes brands like Blue Microphones (which makes the super popular Yeti podcast microphone). However, the Litra Glow will no doubt be useful beyond creative types, as many of us continue to work from home (still? forever?) and are tired of looking like trolls.

I like the Litra Glow for its relatively small footprint. It’s modest enough that you don’t need a special tripod or area on your desk to support it. It can be mounted on any monitor, such as Logitech’s companion webcams. It’s also only $60 including tripod. While it costs a little more than some of the other options you can find, Logitech has managed to make YouTube-level lighting friendly and accessible.

Simple, quick installation

The Litra Glow is everywhere, just like Logitech’s webcams. Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

The Litra Glow is essentially a well propped up, frameless selfie light. It includes Logitech’s TrueSoft technology, which claims to provide enough light for every skin tone. It has a built-in monitor mount 4-inch vertical telescopic available and a 2-inch horizontal extension. The light also sits on a 360-degree swivel top, so you can fold it back and raise it according to your lighting needs. Or you can keep turning it to remove it from the monitor mount and screw it to a tripod instead.

The Litra Glow also features a 1.5m USB-C to USB-A cable for connection to your computer. This makes it accessible to some older systems, but you still need USB 3.0 to boot it up.

The handy, adjustable holder of the Litra Glow. Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

If you’ve ever used a Logitech product, you know they’re pretty easy to use. The Litra Glow is as easy as plugging in and powering it from the back. You could probably buy this at the last minute if you need it and turn it on for a video chat a few minutes later. You don’t even have to use the Logitech G Hub software if you don’t want to, as the Litra Glow’s temperature and brightness sliders are available on the back of the lamp (on either side of the power button).

The Logitech G Hub software is not new to you if you have used other Logitech devices. Screenshot: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

If you want more customization, you can head to the Logitech G Hub software to tweak things. You can adjust the brightness up to 250 lumens. You can also change the color temperature of the Litra Glow, somewhere between 2700K and 6500K, which is considered full spectrum.

Logitech offers temperature presets in the software, which can help you navigate through the different lighting situations available. You can also set your configuration as desired and save it in the app.

I want to take a moment to warn you about Logitech’s strange software fragmentation among its accessories. I understand that each app is for a particular lineup, but I’m staring at three different Logitech icons on my Start menu when I search for them. If you don’t want to get annoyed, make sure you stick to devices in the Logitech for Creators lineup or make sure they use the G Hub software.

Bright lighting

Illuminate your Mew with a faint glow, if you’d rather not focus on lighting yourself. Photo: Florence Ion

I am currently using a Dazzne D50, which I switched after a few years with a circular Neewer selfie light I got on Amazon. The Neewer started to flicker a tiny bit, causing headaches from time to time. Sometimes I couldn’t get through a live stream without having to lie down afterwards.

Thankfully I don’t have those issues with the Dazzne, but I’m sometimes overwhelmed by how much space it takes up and that I have to plug it into a wall outlet to rip myself off in front of the camera. The Litra Glow is less of a thing to handle in an instant, and it’s thin enough that I can toss it in a drawer when I need to reclaim some space.

After Logitech sent me the Litra Glow to try out, I drew my blackout curtains and turned off the mood lighting to see what this light could do. At maximum brightness, the warmer light made the result look like it was happening in a vintage setting, while the whitest light seemed almost too artificial—like a flashlight blaring in my face. The best lighting was that just right middle part, between 4500K and 5000K on the spectrum slider.

If you are already standing in front of a window with a lot of light when you have a meeting or record yourself, you may find the Litra Glow unnecessary. I found that if it’s already a sunny day, the extra light makes me look blurred to the camera. But it can help with color correction on a gray day, especially if you want to add a little warmth to your surroundings.

The Litra Glow’s buttons on the back are easy to use for quick adjustments without the software. Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

I’ve also got a Lume Cube, which I use to subtly light up photos, but I’m not a fan of the UI. The hold-to-turn-on mechanism is sometimes the last thing I want to deal with when I need to take a shot, and holding the temperature slider can be a nuisance. I prefer the push-button access of the Litra Glow for its color temperature and brightness.

As a result, I have started using the Litra Glow more often to take pictures of my Tamagotchi collection. If you find yourself shooting TikTok videos or Instagram reels to cope with the monotonous slums of we-re-still-in-a-pandemic life, it might be time to get a lightweight, adjustable selfie light. such as the Litra Glow to consider.

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