The perfect lighting for video conferencing

The perfect lighting for video conferencing


The perfect lighting for video conferencing is crucial to the visual quality of the call. With the unprecedented times we find ourselves in and the majority of individuals now working from home, video conference calls are now more important to business than ever before. Video conferencing has the unique ability to instantly connect teams face to face even when they’re located thousands of miles apart. Whether you’re catching up with business partners or customers, meeting a new or potential client for the first time, or holding an important call with staff members, a properly lit meeting space can help you with a professional presentation and get the most out of every call.

Cameras need light to render a good image. When there’s not enough light, too much light or a light is pointed in the wrong direction, it can cause cameras to render a lower quality image. The proper lighting structure will have multiple benefits for the image quality on calls. Such Benefits include eliminating unwanted shadows that may negatively impact a person’s appearance on screen, minimise shadows, glare and unwanted distraction to keep everyone focused on the speaker and the meeting at hand.  

Direct Light to Enhance Video Quality

By directing soft light you will be able to greatly increase video quality and create a balance of light for a pleasing ambience in the room. You should avoid using bare bulbs in your video conference room lighting. A lampshade or a diffuser will reduce shadows and soften the lighting in the room minimising any unwanted glare. The closer a light source is to you, the softer the shadows. So if the light is too harsh, bring it closer to you. This may help boost the camera’s exposure on your face as well. 

Minimise Shadows

It is important that there is plenty of light in the room for maximum video clarity. Taking from studio and photography lighting, using a three point lighting system would be a great lighting technique to implement. By using three separate light sources, one either side of yourself and one above, will fill in shadows and make the overall room lighting as even as possible. However, it is possible to have too much light. If your window is too bright, close the curtains or move away from the window to avoid overexposure. If a light source is too bright, walk it away from you or dim it until you have the correct lighting level preventing shadows and increasing visual quality. 


Use the optimal lighting temperature

Natural daylight is without a doubt the best lighting source for visual clarity and colour rendering. Natural daylight creates pleasing, accurate skin tones in the camera and renders accurate colours. Setting up your conferencing calls in a room with a lot of natural light is useful in creating a well-lit, professional setting. However if you don’t have access to the required amount of natural daylight lighting can still be manipulated to your advantage. By using the latest LED technology you will be able to dictate colour temperature and improve colour rendering accuracy as must modern LED’s score extremely high on the CRI (colour rendering Index). By using an LED light source at around 6000k – 6500k you will be able to closely mimic natural daylight to greatly increase the visual quality of your calls and help you to create the perfect lighting for video conferencing.  


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