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Lighting Trends 2021: Colourful Mood Lighting

13th January 2021

From cocktail bars in the '80s to lava lamps in the '90s, colourful mood lighting is back again in a big way. According to Pinterest, searches for 'blue LED lights [for the] bedroom' have increased by a huge 155% year-on-year. Thanks to platforms such as TikTok, Gen Z have gained an obsession for this atmospheric lighting style. There's no doubting that neon and LED lighting is a quick, easy and impactful way to reinvent your space into an other-worldly, disco dream. And yes- you can finally achieve those colour-drenched selfies.

Smart Light Bulbs

For a totally colour-drenched room, an easy and fast solution is by installing smart lightbulbs. Perfect for smart-home lovers, these light bulbs can be controlled through software such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assist. We recommend the TCP Classic Wi-Fi Smart Bulb which has over 16 million colours to choose from and connects directly to Amazon Alexa, Google Home or Siri through your Wi-Fi connection. At the higher end of the price range, the Philips Hue White & Colour Ambience Starter Kit is perfect for those wanting to fill a whole room with colour, thanks to the included 3 bulbs, and options for brightness and dimming. Feeling lazy? Don't worry, you can even control these with your voice.

Want to add some music into the mix? The Ener-J Wi-Fi Smart Ceiling Lamp with RGB includes its own Bluetooth speaker- at just £59.99 we think this is a great combination to instantly add an impact to any room. Perfect for student accommodation, the Ener-J lamp also works with smart assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google, and can even be controlled by voice.

LED Light Strips

Popular amongst TikTok creators, LED light strips are simple to use, and an affordable solution to adding a burst of colour into your room. Goodbye fairy-lights, LED strips are the new trend in town. Common amongst PC builders, when used to create a solid-coloured bedroom these really work effectively.

This TCP Smart Colour Changing LED Light Strip is available at just £19.99 for 3 metres worth of colours- 16 million to be exact. Clever features such as scheduled timing and remote connection make them easy to use, and a great option for this price range. Similar smaller options such as the Corsair ICue LS100 Smart Lighting Strip are perfect for adding lighting to your devices and monitors- they can look really effective when reflected against the wall behind them!

For televisions, we recommend the LIFX Z TV Smart Light Strip Starter Kit which also works with smart assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Kit and more. With 1m of the strip to use, there's plenty to cover the rear of your television for a gorgeous colour effect on the wall behind. Simply plug into the wall, apply to the television using adhesive, download the app and you're ready to go. Enjoy dimmable lighting options and so many colours to choose from.

What do you think of this trend? Would you personally try it yourself?

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