DON'T Buy a Monitor Light Bar Until You Watch This
The top of your monitor. Ive also found that light bars take up significantly less space. On your desks surface and after using task lamps for over the last 10 years, I found that they just cant provide as much focused lighting as a light bar. Does this more focused lighting paired with the ability to adjust the brightness and color of the light bar give them a huge advantage over the older style task lamp, but even though light bars do seem to be like the perfect solution for your lighting needs, they arent Perfect and do have some shortcomings lets, take a closer look at the seven most common light bar problems and stick around for the end, where I share a bonus tip on selecting the best light bar option for you limited color. Customization is the first problem. Ive noticed, with light bars that Ive used recently, not all light bars offer as many color options for the light. Less expensive options like the 16 snoke life only have three options, and this can be an issue if youre trying to match other lights in your space. Ive also found that my eyes dont adjust as well to certain colors and, if youre sensitive to this, it could definitely be a problem. The BenQ model that Ive been testing has eight color options, but the price is almost seven times that of the snow. Key Life Light I found the brightness issues on a light bar are similar to the color issues as the brightness options and some of the light bars can be weak with some models just not offering enough range.
Here. I found that some lights, just dont, get dim enough or sometimes bright enough, or even in some cases they just dont do both well in other situations. I found that they dont offer enough of that right. Middle brightness balance on top of this models, like the basis just, can be a bit of a nuisance when you try to adjust them. This is definitely an issue if you like to switch between different levels of brightness throughout your day, monitor fit, can be a major annoyance with light bars, as mentioned in my intro. I found light bars to be fairly easy to set up. They sit on the top edge of your monitor, with a weighted counterbalance to help hold them in place, and while this is a great idea, not all monitors are shaped the same way and getting this fit right can be difficult. Some monitors can just be too thin. Others I found have a rounded back shape and if your monitor is too thick a lot of times, the clamp systems can squeeze them just a little too tight for my liking. If you use a webcam, getting it to fit properly with a single monitor, setup can be almost impossible with a large light bar depending on the size of the Monitor and the light bar. There might just not be enough room here for both of them to fit moving. Your webcam to the side can create an awkward Zoom call experience not being able to look directly into the camera and view the screen.
At the same time. Monitor glare reduction is a huge selling point of all the light bars that Ive tried. Almost all the ads for these products make a point of promoting an asymmetrical light pattern from the light bar. This light glare is a major problem from typical task lights and desk lamps. The problem is that, with all the models Ive tried, with the exception of the BenQ theyve, all had some level of monitor glare issues. If this is a concern for you, you may have to upgrade to the most expensive option, the BenQ or in some cases I found that you can tilt the light bar more outward towards you to reduce the glare, but this will create some other issues as well. The use of a physical button on a light bar versus a touch sensor can have a significant impact on your overall experience. The physical button will require you to push downward on the light bar, which Ive found to unintentionally move the light bar on your monitor, and this can be very annoying and when this happens, this means youre always having to move the light bar around now. On the other hand, touch sensors wont require as much pressure and they tend to stay in place. Much better if youre, using a dual monitor setup with both monitors in a landscape orientation. Having only one light bar can create an awkward light source because of how the monitors are positioned, it can be difficult to Center the light the monitors are tilting inward, having the light towards the middle of the setup of each monitor will create a light source that Sort of goes over the second monitor, overall, if Aesthetics matter, having just one light bar can just look off if you have a setup with two monitors with one thats, your main Monitor and the other secondary, it likely wont, be as big of a problem.
The same is true: if youre using three monitors with a main, monitor setup or in some cases, dual monitors that are in a stack setup as a bonus tip Ive so far tried five different light bar models that range in price anywhere from 16. All the way to 109. the best option that seems to eliminate most of the problems in this video is the BenQ, but its also the most expensive option. This means that it can be out of budget for some of you, especially if its your first light bar and even if you decide to splurge on the BenQ it isnt perfect. So the decision can definitely be tough if youre still not sure which monitor light bar is best for you.