How to Make DIY LED Ring Light

The ring light is a great auxiliary photography tool, you can find ring lights of various sizes on Amazon. These ring lights are different brands and designs and are very expensive. This article will show you how to DIY ring light for makeup, you will have a custom ring light.

easy diy ring light

Benefits of Ring Light:

Making a shadow less light: This is the first choice for many camera and makeup artists because it accurately expresses the subject and soft light quality.

Suitable for cameras: With a ring light design, it's very easy to place your camera in the middle of the ring light, which gives you more options for photography.

Easy to install: You can combine the ring light with a tripod in less than 3 minutes.

The ring light does not overheat: 90% of the ring lights use LEDs, so you can use it for hours without having to worry about heat or LED bulbs is off.


How to DIY LED Ring Light for Makeup?

Such a DIY ring light tutorial, the entire process requires only $10, cheaper than Amazon ring lights.

Step 1: You need to prepare materials

  • Halo Ring Lamp - This is usually used in cars and will be 12v DC

  • 9v battery

  • 9v battery cable

  • Plastic ring plate

Step 2: Find or print a plastic ring that will be worn on my lens

I left a gap in the wire Combine the ring and attach the lens hood I already have and drill a hole in the side.

Step 3: Connect the power supply

Once I use the plastic ring cover would attach to the lens, I stuck the glow light on it and connected the 9v battery connector.

9v battery connector


Step 4: You can attach DIY ring light to tripod

You can install a Velcro under your camera body and battery and connect them in this way.

Step 5: You need to assemble all the shooting components

After inserting everything, your SLR will have a bright glow light. You can easily modify it with a potentiometer to control the output of the lamp and a control switch.

In this way, you have made ring light yourself.


Home made ring light for US$20-25:

Below is a list of the things I used to make DIY ring lights. In addition to LED lights and cardboard, I found that most of these items can be found at home, making it a convenient way to make your own ring light.

Materials for DIY ring light for less than US$25:

  • LED strip

  • Cardboard, preferably double-sided box

  • Aluminium foil

  • Sellotape

  • Knife

  • Round plate, such as lids, buckets, etc.

Step 1: Sketch the outline of the ring light frame on the cardboard.

outline ring


Step 2: Cut the ring cardboard from the cardboard.

Step 3: Wrap aluminium foil around the cardboard ring.

Wrapping the cardboard ring with aluminium foil and then connecting the LED lights will add more reflectivity. I recommend this because the aluminium foil can add extra brightness to the lighting.

aluminium foil


Step 4: Connect the LED strip to the aluminium foil circular plate.

Connect the LED strip to the circular cardboard. The light I used was a 3-meter LED strip with a power adapter with a backing for easy installation.

 LED strip to aluminium foil


Step 5: Fix the aluminium foil and LED light with Sellotape.

Once the lights are connected, all the devices are made into a ring light kit. I just wrapped the tape around where I thought it was needed. 

This step helps stabilize the aluminium foil and LED lights.

 sellotape adherence


Step 6: Turn on the LED light test.

Plug in the lights to see if everything is ok.

test ring light


Use a tripod to install the camera.

 tripod install the camera


If you are looking for a cheap and easy video live streaming lighting solution, making a ring light yourself is definitely the most creative way. Do you want to start making your own ring lights? How to make a ring light? If you have any questions or interesting things, please let us know in the comments.

The construction of the DIY ring light kit is very simple but it takes some time to package all these components. This is the only difficulty with DIY ring light for video. Because the material is cheap, you can get the materials for making the ring light without any effort.


aixpi ring light

The Bottom Line:

AIXPI is a factory that can customize ring lights for customers all over the world. You can contact us if you have any doubts about the production and design of DIY ring light with stand. Our factory is in China, we can achieve high-efficiency business cooperation at the lowest bulk price and customize the ring light.

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