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A barn-style pendant light so you can add some overhead light to all the rooms the designers of your home incorrectly thought you could do without.

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Promising review: “The light is so easy to put together and you just plug it in where ever you want!! It really gives off that farmhouse style I wanted for my laundry room.” —Peigi

Get it from Amazon for $42.96+ (available in thee styles).


A stick-anywhere motion sensor light bar for illuminating lightless closets and dark pantries without approximately zero hardwiring required.

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These ingenious little lights are magnetic, so they can stick directly onto any magnetic surface or installed using the included adhesive magnetic strip. Plus, batteries are included!

Promising review: “I LOVE these! The magnet is a great way to install these, but I rent so Command Strips are working very well for me. I have one over the bedroom door (in a dark hallway), and another in my closet. The motion detection is so convenient and works perfectly. Everything about these is designed so perfectly, from installation to their perfect size for any location. the best part, though? They’re rechargeable! Couldn’t be better designed or more perfect!” —Sibelius

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $34.99 (available in warm and pure white).


A rounded wall sconce if your goal is to earn maximum style points with minimum drilling, while holding on to any hope that future-you can get their security deposit back.

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Promising review: “These sconces are the perfect addition to my bedroom. The light is bright enough to read and create a nice ambiance. I only used one screw per light to hang them on the wall. I used electrical tape to pull the cords tight along the wall for a tidy look. It’s nice to have our nightstands free from lamps.” —Jg5

Get it from Amazon for $33.87 (available in three finishes).


A plug-in custom neon sign because what could make a space feel more personal than an Instagram-worthy sign you dreamed up yourself?

Zanvis Neon / Etsy

Zanvis Neon is a US-based Etsy shop run by Tony Tran that creates high-quality neon signs for your space — both pre-made and custom!

Send the store details about your ~vision~ and they’ll get a final price quote back to you in just two minutes! Check the product listing for a full list of the details you should provide.

Promising review:While I was completely nervous ordering a custom sign for a bridal shower, the owner of the shop was wonderful at answering my questions and so quickly! The sign came in a solid wood box, which was a blessing as my post office isn’t the most careful with delivering packages. It is EXACTLY what we bridesmaids envisioned. I will absolutely be returning to order other signs for my teenage boy’s bedrooms. Do not hesitate ordering from this shop! You will not be disappointed.” —Rachael Bondi

Get it from Zanvis Neon on Etsy for $31.96+ (available in nine colors and 26 fonts).


Some smart lightbulbs with 16 MILLION color options that you can control with a smartphone or your voice, courtesy of Amazon Alexa or Google Home Assistant.

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I have these installed in the two lamps in our living room. They took a little finagling to get set up, but it was well worth it! Originally, it was just so we could utilize the voice command with our Google Home Assistant (we lazy), but having the different color options has been more fun than I could’ve imagined! When playing a video game or watching a movie it’s just nice to set the color to match the mood — plus dimming the lights and cozying up with a book feels very luxurious!

No need for a specific hub to set these up (they can control these lights with the free PlusMinus phone app), but they are compatible with Alexa Echo, Echo Dot, and Google Home Assistant

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.98.


Remote-controlled LED lighting strips to give any shelf or cabinet in your home the ~glowy~ custom lighting treatment without the custom lighting $$$.

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The full kit includes six LED light bars, five straight connectors, five U-shaped connectors, one power adaptor, a dimmer, two cable holders, eight pins, and a remote control.

Promising review: “Awesome product!! I love the ease of installation, extra pieces for a good fit. Perfect for adding some much-needed light to my dark kitchen. Dimmable and comes with a remote! There’s no downside!” —Breezy Lady

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $17.84 (available in two colors).


An LED metal sun sconce so you can cross “get wall art” and “buy a lamp” off your to-do list with one plug-in sign.

Urban Outfitters

Pssst…if you’re more of a night owl and into moons, they have a metal moon sconce, too!

Preorder it from Urban Outfitters for $49 (Expected shipping date is May 18).


A handcrafted Turkish mosaic lamp for bringing a bit of light, and a lot of fun color to your space.

Turkish Lamp Bazaar / Etsy

Turkish Lamp Bazaar is an Istanbul, Turkey-based Etsy shop selling handcrafted lamps featuring vibrant hand-cut glass mosaics.

Promising review: “Beautiful product! Instructions for assembly were clear and simple, and the lamp is stunning. Excellent price and larger than expected. Quick shipping, but DHL requires signatures for international deliveries so there was a bit of a delay, but all said and done it took less than 10 days to get from Turkey to Seattle, so no complaints! Do pay attention to the note included on the packaging. Use E12 LED bulbs — not any random candelabra bulbs from the store!” —Stephanie Venard

Get it from Turkish Lamp Bazaar on Etsy for $54.28 (available in eight styles).


An elegant floor task lamp if drilling holes is out of the question, but you’d like to get some couch reading done without hearing your mother’s voice in your head reminding you how reading in the dark will worsen your vision.


Promising review: “Very elegant floor lamp. Perfect light for over my piano. I think the style would blend well with modern or more traditional decor. The base is heavy and the top is balanced by a weight. The height is not adjustable but the angle of the lamp is. Very happy with this purchase!” —Laurel

Get it from Wayfair for $269.99+ (available in two colors).


A steampunk mason jar table lamp to spruce up that table sitting in the darkest corner of the room with a handmade, functional piece of art.


Urban Industrial Craft is a San Diego-based small biz handmaking made-to-order lighting decor with a ~very cool~ industrial vibe.

Promising review: “This is beautifully made and very unique! A little steampunk vibe in this quality design gives your decor some character. High-quality workmanship and a more than fair price for this one-of-a-kind make this a five-star win.” —Amy Jensen

Get it from Urban Industrial Craft on Amazon Handmade for $69.


A three-light crystal chandelier because you’ve already waited through all of childhood to execute your gothic chandelier dreams, and you’re not about to let little things like “renting” and “not being an electrician” keep you from waiting a second more!


Those candle-style lightbulbs aren’t included — so pick some up while you’re at it!

Promising review: “Beautiful! So convenient to plug in and hang! So easy! Just beautiful! Adds so much class! Just the right amount of bling without overpowering!” —Kathleen

Get it from Wayfair for $91.99+ (available in four colors).


A statement-making table lamp that’ll instantly brighten up any room where you can manage to clear enough table space.


Promising review: “I love this lamp! It looks clean and sleek while still looking cute. It really adds a nice touch to our guest bedroom. I love that you can adjust the light and make it bright or dim.” —Michelle F

Get it from Target for $35+ (available with or without a lightbulb and in four colors).


A battery-operated motion-sensor toilet light to make your potty feel like a piece of modern art, and end the searing pain of turning on the bathroom lights when you need to pee at two in the morning.


This LED toilet light has 16 colors that can work on a rotation or as a solid color, and run on AA batteries (not included).

Promising review: “This seemingly silly little gadget has turned out to be great! The light level (brightness) can be dimmed down if desired, and the color can be set to whatever you want, but the bottom line is that you don’t need to turn on a bright overhead light (which wakes me up and makes me angry, not a good combination) when you need to go into the bathroom at night. Cleaning it is a breeze, too; what seems like it’s going to be a problem…isn’t. I can’t recommend this toilet night light highly enough, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Could be on the gift list this December.” —Lee R. Gurr

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.


A whimsical string of rechargeable fairy lights so your luminous decor ambitions no longer have to be limited by outlet locations and the desire to not spend your life’s savings on batteries.

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Promising review: “These fairy lights are super cute and sturdy! The remote/plug structure is quality and doesn’t seem like it’ll break anytime soon. We use the lighting along our baseboards for a nice glow at night. Especially perfect for the cost.” —Christine A.

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in two sizes).


A boho hanging basket light for people who can’t stand the look of an exposed cord. Not only is the cord color customizable, but the included wall bracket makes the cord feel much more like a choice and not an accident.


BOHOCREATIONStudio is a Colombus, Ohio-based Etsy shop creating eye-catching, boho-inspired lighting decor.

Promising review: “This light is so beautiful in my daughter’s room, we’re very happy! Install was simple and it was nice that it came with a bulb so we could use it immediately.” —katie

Get it from BOHOCREATIONStudio on Etsy for $155+ (available in three finishes and three cord colors).


Some adhesive LED color-changing strip lights if you’re all about curating a mood — even when that mood is changing constantly. Fortunately, the only thing between you and custom light configurations is finding the remote…

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The kit comes with one roll of adhesive LED lights, a power adaptor, an IR receiver, and a remote.

Promising review: “I’m very happy with the quality of this product. It was easy to install and only took us about 45 minutes. I did have to take down one strand of lights because I miscalculated and we were four inches short. I was surprised and pleased that the 3M tape on the back of the LED light strip stuck and held after my second attempt. The remote works great and we’ve had no issues switching the color of the led lights. Every light works perfectly and the power cord is staying cool. We’re very impressed and it added a neat light feature to the room. This would be perfect for any teen’s room!” —LS

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes).


A pair of adjustable swing arm wall sconces because your bedside table is already cluttered enough without adding a bulky lamp to the mix.

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Promising review: “I’ve bought all of my light fixtures from Amazon, and have been extremely happy with them. These are no exception! The quality is incredible for the price, and they’re so easy to install if you plan on plugging them in (can’t speak for hardwiring them). Having the option to either plug them in or hardwire is awesome, as we plan to hardwire them in the future. These are the perfect modern farmhouse wall sconces, and I’m so happy with my purchase!” —Devon

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $48.99+ (available in two colors).


A vintage-inspired cage ceiling light that’ll help distract from all the boring built-in fixtures you’re contractually obligated to not rip out of the ceiling.

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Promising review: “This is a beautiful piece of art. Looks much more expensive than what it sells for. It is very heavy and should last for a very long time.” —positive girl

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in two finishes).


A battery-operated ceiling light to get that sleek “I hired an electrician” look and feel without, ya know, actually doing that. Dark stairways, garages, laundry rooms, and pantries are a thing of the past.

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Mounting hardware and an instruction pamphlet are included for easy installation. This light also has two lighting modes and the motion sensor feature can be turned on or off.

Promising review: “The sensor ceiling light is much bigger than I thought. I place this in my study room so that I can make my room brighter. It was easy to install in my room wall. The product arrived very fast, and the quality of this light is much better than I thought. The only downside of the light is that I need to purchase the battery. However, it’s better than exchanging light bulbs. I just need to take down the light and replace the battery when it out of battery. Also, I really like the color of this light because it fit so well with my room wall.” —Chelsea

Get it from Amazon for $25.


A cordless gallery light with three modes so you can ~shine a light~ on your great taste in wall art with an easy-to-mount, rechargeable spotlight.

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The light comes with a remote control and mounting hardware!

Promising review: “I’ve been looking for years for a battery-operated light with a remote. Ta-dah! Found it! I didn’t want to install a plug outlet behind a painting and/or have a cord (with or without cord cover) hanging down to an outlet. It’s dimmable, which is a huge plus. Lights can be rotated to your liking. There is a manual timer, but only up to two hrs. Wish I could set up an on/off timer. Oh well…Rechargeable batteries using a USB cable. You can either plug it in its’ place or remove it from the base. Very easy to install. Will be ordering three more for my other paintings. ” —Vanessa

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.


A plug-in industrial pendant light for a fixture that combines effortless style, function, and the eternal charm of an exposed light bulb.

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This light has a 14.8-foot hanging cord with an attached on/off switch and 3.3-foot swag iron hanging chain. Be sure to pick up a cool lightbulb — it’s not included.

Promising review: “What a value! I’ve seen pendant lights for triple the price in big box stores. It is stylish, well-made, and affordable — the perfect replacement for the 30-year-old wicker lamp hanging at our lake house. For those of you complaining about no assembly instructions — it’s easy! It’s already assembled you just have to adjust the rings to exactly where you want them and tighten the bolts with your fingers.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $27.49.


A multipurpose column floor lamp if your teeny tiny space calls for a piece of multi-talented decor that can simultaneously house your plants and light up the room enough to actually see your plants.


Promising review: “Love this lamp! I originally wanted another style but it sold out. Now I’m happy I got this one with shelves. Easy to put together too. Perfect amount of light for my corner in the kitchen that we are remodeling.” —Susan

Get it from Wayfair for $77.99 (available in seven colors).


A beyond-adorable giant dumpling lamp that can cycle through seven different colors because there are zero reasons why your next lighting purchase shouldn’t spark the absolute maximum amount of joy possible.

Smoko Inc.

Smoko Inc. is a Los Angeles-based biz with a ton of personality, partnering with up-and-coming designers to create not-boring home decor and office accessories to make like a little more fun.

You can power this squishy bundle of joy with the included AC adaptor or with three AAA batteries (not included).

Promising review: “Amazing product, exactly as photographed, nice squishy material, and the touch is sensitive so you can get to your preferred color quickly. We use red as the kids’ nightlight, and they take turns turning it on, and off in the morning. Mommy dumpling has become a part of the family, it’s been over 18 months and works perfectly fine.” —Jane C.

Get it from Smoko Inc. for $38.


A hanging glass pendant light that’s sleek, low-profile, and will blend into whatever ever-changing decor your indecisive little heart desires.

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Promising review: “I bought this to put a smart bulb in to light up the corner by my TV. It works so well. Way more cord than I will ever need. The design in the glass causes a pattern to project on the ceiling, but not so much that it is annoying. This light is 100% perfect.” —LP

Get it from Amazon for $22.99.


A metal and rattan sconce and shelf light to finally put your walls to good use (they’re just sitting there idly offering shelter) with not one, but two useful additions in one neat little unit — light *and* storage.

Holistic Habitat

Holistic Habitat is a Charlotte, North Carolina-based, woman-owned small biz co-founded by Kristin and Rachael whose two major goals were to give back and source with a conscience by curating fair trade home goods and donating proceeds to a wide range of charitable organizations.

Get it from Holistic Habitat for $349.


A dimmable plug-in wall sconce so you no longer have to decide between harsh overhead light and complete darkness.

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Promising review: “Beautiful sconces! The installation took us a total of 30 minutes including getting out the tools and deciding where to hang them. Note that they do not come with bulbs (it does say this in the description but I didn’t notice). Super glad we bought these.” —M. Murphy

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $29.99.

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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