The best TikTok lights in 2023

best TikTok lights: Nanoleaf Lines
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Using one of the best TikTok lights is going to help your content stand out in what, let’s face it, is a pretty busy platform. Everybody is producing video for TikTok nowadays, including you! So one of the best ways to put your content above the rest is to look your best and have the nicest looking video. And while it might sound a bit cliché, a lot of that comes down to lighting.

Even if you own one of the best cameras for vlogging, good lighting is going to make your content feel more professional, brightening up your surroundings and making everything you shoot look (including yourself) look the best it can. Colored lighting also helps set your content’s mood.

Not all TikTok lights offer the same things. The options we’ve covered below range in the price, features and design. Some of the options are more akin to traditional lamp lighting, while we’ve also included some affordable RGB lighting strips and even lights that can connect to your smart speakers and devices.

To find which one is right for you, all you need to do now is read on for our list of the best TikTok lights.

The best TikTok lights you can buy today

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best TikTok lights: Govee LED Strip Lights

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1. Govee LED Strip Lights

The best TikTok lights overall

Specifications

Voltage: 12V
Wattage: 18W
Battery life: N/A
Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant

Reasons to buy

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Impressive smart features
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Extendable
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Adhesive could be stronger

The Govee LED Strip Lights are the best TikTok lights for a few reasons. With support for 16 million colors, there’s no mood you can’t set with these strip lights, whether you’re putting them around your bed, beneath counters or around your gaming set up. You can control your light scenes in the Govee app, as well as connect Alexa or Google Assistant for hands-free voice control.

If there’s one catch to Govee LED Strip Lights, it’s that the adhesive might not keep your light strips secured to whatever surface you stick them on. Fortunately, the kit comes with some clips to keep them in place. 

We also like how Govee itself is active on TikTok, so it’s tapped into the latest trends. It also provides plenty of tips and tricks for making the most of Govee products. The brands that know their TikTok audience can be trusted to make the ideal TikTok lights. 

best TikTok lights: Nanoleaf Lines

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The best TikTok lights for TVs and PC monitors

Specifications

Voltage: 100VAC - 240VAC
Wattage: 2W/line
Battery life: N/A
Works with: HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant

Reasons to buy

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Backlit illumination looks great
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Easy set up with HomeKit
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Color syncs with TV and PC monitor

Reasons to avoid

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Tedious to set up

If you don’t mind spending some extra dough, the Nanoleaf Lines are the best TikTok lights for elevating your current entertainment space. They’re sturdy, modular and support more advanced features than any other smart lights on the market. Installing them isn’t as simple as sticking up some strip lights, but the final product is worth a little patience.

When hooked up behind or above TVs and PC monitors, the Nanoleaf Lines can match the colors of the content on-screen for an immersive effect. And when you’re playing music, the Lines can dance to the rhythm, no matter the genre. Lines are one of the best HomeKit products, but these work with Alexa and Google Assistant, too.

Read our full Nanoleaf Lines review.

best TikTok lights: Eicaus Galaxy Projector

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3. Eicaus Galaxy Projector

The best TikTok projector light

Specifications

Voltage: 5V
Wattage: 10W
Battery life: 2 AAA
Works with: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful starscapes
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Built-in Bluetooth speaker
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Convenient auto-off timer

Reasons to avoid

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No voice assistant

Although the Eicaus Galaxy Projector isn’t one of the best smart speakers, since it lacks voice controls, it is a clever Bluetooth speaker/star projector hybrid — and one of TikTok’s most viral products. Escape beneath twilight stars or even in a relaxing underwater oasis with up to 10 color settings and adjustable brightness. When playing music, the projection will adapt to the rhythm, too.

Simply put, the Eicaus Galaxy Projector is the coolest nightlight around. As you doze off to constellations swirling around your walls and ceiling, the auto-off timer will stop the lightshow. A helpful remote will let you control all these settings from anywhere in the room, though since the projector is battery-powered, you can move it around with ease. 

best TikTok lights: Govee Ambient RGBWW Portable Table Lamp

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The best standalone TikTok lamp

Specifications

Voltage: 100-240V
Wattage: N/A
Battery life: 4 hours
Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant

Reasons to buy

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Fun to use with precise color control
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Versatile design
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Useful timer

Reasons to avoid

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Battery doesn’t last long

The Govee Ambient RGBWW Portable Table Lamp is a small and versatile smart lamp with access to 16 million colors. You can use it as a spotlight for your TikTok videos, or for mood lighting on your desk. It provides up to 350 lumens of brightness, which we found to be more than enough, and the app offers an abundance of features including timers and scenes for different moods. You can control it with Alexa and Google Assistant, too.

We found the battery to be a bit lackluster, as you only get four hours of illumination after a four-hour charge. However, considering the fair price tag and the personalization this lamp has to offer, it’s still a great deal and a TikTok-worthy light.

Read our full Govee Ambient RGBWW Portable Table Lamp review.

best TikTok lights: Sensyne LED Ring Light

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5. Sensyne LED Ring Light

The best TikTok light for filming

Specifications

Voltage: 120V
Wattage: 110-220W
Battery life: N/A
Works with: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Sturdy tripod
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Wireless remote shutter
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Multiple color and brightness settings

Reasons to avoid

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Needs to be plugged in

The Sensyne LED Ring Light is the best TikTok light for actually filming your own TikTok videos. It’s not as decorative as other lights on this list, but it’s the ultimate creator tool for making great videos. Lighting is important to audiences on TikTok, so whether you’re practicing your dance moves, telling a story or fiming a tutorial of some sorts, you’ll want your face to look illuminated.

We like this ring light in particular because it’s adjustable up to 50 inches thanks to a built-in smartphone tripod. The light itself offers three different color temperatures and 10 brightness levels to meet your content needs. It even has a remote, so you can capture photos and videos when you’re standing up to 30 feet away from the tripod. You’ll only spend $34.99 for it, too, which is a great price for something you’ll get a lot of use from. The only downside is that you can’t bring it with you anywhere you can’t find an outlet.

best TikTok lights: Nanoleaf Shapes

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The best wall panel TikTok lights

Specifications

Voltage: 110VAC – 240VAC
Wattage: 2W/panel
Battery life: N/A
Works with: HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant

Reasons to buy

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Simple setup
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Physical control array
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Compatible with HomeKit, Alexa and Google Assistant

Reasons to avoid

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Difficult to remove from wall

If you scroll TikTok for a while, you’ll see Nanoleaf Shapes somewhere. Gamers, trainers, musicians and lifestyle vloggers alike have these modular panels on their walls. Like Nanoleaf Lines, Nanoleaf Shapes offer immersive and decorative lighting that can be configured to your personal style. 

Nanoleaf Shapes are more permanent than most of the lights of this list. The adhesive is difficult to get off your wall, so don’t anticipate rearranging the panels often. As for controlling Shapes, you have three options — a physical controller clipped to one of the panels, the Nanoleaf app or one of your smart home assistants. 

Read our full Nanoleaf Shapes review.

best TikTok lights: Daybetter LED Strip Lights

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7. Daybetter LED Strip Lights

Affordable TikTok strip lights

Specifications

Voltage: 12V
Wattage: 36W
Battery life: N/A
Works with: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Dynamic light modes
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Compatible with HomeKit, Alexa and Google Assistant

Reasons to avoid

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Not compatible with smart assistants

The Daybetter LED Strip Lights are extremely popular thanks to TikTok. With over 100,000 reviews, these strip lights are a favorite among those who want a trendy product for under $20. The lights span 32.8 feet total, but can be cut to the size you need. This style comes with two rolls that join at the power source, so you can feed the lights in two different directions and have more flexibility with your outlet location.

It would be nice if the Daybetter LED Strip Lights offered native support for an assistant like Alexa, but you could always attach the strip lights to one of the best smart plugs for voice control and smart home integration. Otherwise, you can adjust the colors, scenes and brightness using an included remote. 

best TikTok lights: AIXPI 10-inch LED Ring Light

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8. AIXPI 10-inch LED Ring Light

A desk-friendly TikTok Ring Light

Specifications

Voltage: N/A
Wattage: N/A
Battery life: N/A
Works with: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Good size for your desk
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Universal smartphone holder
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USB powered

Reasons to avoid

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Tripod isn’t very sturdy

While tall ring lights are among the best TikTok lights, short ring lights serve a purpose, too. This AIXPI 10-inch LED Ring Light, for example, is the perfect size for use on a desk. Whether you’re doing your makeup, taking some close-up shots or want to look well-illuminated for your next video call, this ring light is extremely mobile. It has a USB plug, so you can power it with a portable charger, wherever you may go.

Like the tall ring light on this list, the AIXPI 10-inch LED Ring Light has three different colors with 10 different brightness levels. We will say the tripod could be sturdier, though. When you attach a larger camera or one of the best big phones, it could throw the ring light off-balance. But as long as you place it on a flat surface, it should be alright. 

Logitech Litra Glow

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9. Logitech Litra Glow

A super-usable TikTok desk light

Specifications

Voltage: N/A
Wattage: N/A
Battery life: N/A
Works with: Logitech G HUB

Reasons to buy

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Headache free lighting
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Tons of customization options
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Logitech G Hub integration
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Monitor mount

Reasons to avoid

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Not a full ring light

The Logitech Litra Glow is an excellent tool for lighting your TikToks, video calls or YouTube sessions, putting out a soft, diffused light that never once gave us a headache in our testing. Setup is super-simple and integration with Logitech's G Hub gives you full control over its functions. Better still, if you have a Logitech keyboard or mouse you can use them to turn it on and off, or change settings. 

Read our full Logitech Litra Glow review.

How to choose the best TikTok lights for you

The best TIkTok lights for you depends on your needs. Do you want mood lighting, or something more functional? Are you searching for lights to film your own videos, or do you just want to purchase some of the app’s trending products?

If you want decorative lights, light strips are a good place to start. They’re usually easy to set up, and come with a remote for adjusting the colors and brightness to your liking. Dynamic wall panels are more permanent, but come with plenty of smart features. Plus they elevate boring entertainment spaces into a party-ready hangout spot.

Want to film better TikTok videos? Get a ring light with a built-in smartphone tripod. Good lighting could help your next TikTok go viral. We also have separate guides to the best ring lights and best ring lights for phones.

How we test the best TikTok lights

We rate the best TikTok lights we’ve tested based on ease of setup, performance, special features and value. When the lights have smart home integrations, we see how well (or not) they’re added to smart home routines. When the lights are battery powered, we see how long they last before needing to be charged.

For the lights we haven’t tested, we search TikTok for trending lights and comb through reviews from verified buyers. We made sure each product has several thousand ratings for an accurate reflection of how popular the lights are. Bonus points when reviews mention TikTok inspired the purchase.

Kate Kozuch is an editor at Tom’s Guide covering smartwatches, TVs and everything smart-home related. Kate also appears on Fox News to talk tech trends and runs the Tom's Guide TikTok account (opens in new tab), which you should be following. When she’s not filming tech videos, you can find her on an exercise bike, mastering the NYT Crossword or channeling her inner celebrity chef.