A Starter’s Guide To The Best TikTok Lights

YouTube has the ring light, Instagram has a golden hour, and TikTok has what is increasingly being known as "TikTok lights."

In the simplest terms, "TikTok lights" are long strips of colored LED lights, often with remote controls, that the average TikTok-ing teen is likely to have shifting from pink to blue to purple along the top of their bedroom walls. But TikTok lights are so much more: If millennials had pale pink walls and tropical house plants, the largely adolescent gen-z has stripped-down bedrooms or dorms, and not much beyond a strip of lights to make it their own. TikTok lights are turning pedestrian bedrooms into creative cocoons, with soft colored lighting for an almost womb-like comfort.

And they're more in-demand than ever. In fact, if you look up "TikTok" on Amazon, you are instantly redirected to their LED light offering. But TikTok is not the reason why we feel sexier, moodier, or more festive around colored lights. For that, we have Christmas trees, indie movies, seedy clubs, and your college drug dealer to thank. TikTok lights are simply the logical step that comes after the millennial-loved twinkle lights. The whole point of the TikTok light setup is to create a vibe-y room full of color, and while LED light strips are the most popular way to do it, they are not the only way.

This roundup includes some LED light strips, yes, but it also has some alternative colored light sources for those who want their purchases to work double-time or make double the contributions to the cause known as the vibe.

MINGER LED Strip Lights

The original flavor. Find a TikTok tutorial on how to set these up and make custom colors here, here, and here.

A word of advice, if you want to colored glow but hate the look of exposed strip lights, place these lights behind furniture or along moldings so that only the soft colored light is visible.

MINGER MINGER LED Strip Lights, 16.4ft RGB LED Light Strip 5050 LED Tape Lights, Color Changing LED Strip Lights with Remote for Home Lighting Kitchen Bed Flexible Strip Lights for Bar Home Decoration, $, available at Amazon

Elfeland LED Strip Lights

I'll let my friend, writer and life-long LED-light user Chris Malone explain why they've used this set for years:

"I've grown averse to having yellow or white light (aka normal light) in my room after dark; for me, it messes with my circadian rhythm and I end up having a harder time falling asleep. While a big reason I got these lights was so I could create a cool vibe in my room, an underlying reason was to help me wind down subconsciously once the sun goes down.

Tips for install: make sure you know exactly where you want to put them before you lay down the adhesive and don't take it off once it's down."

Elfeland Elfeland 32.8FT/10M 300LEDs SMD5050 RGB, $, available at Amazon

Ikea DIODER LED 4-piece light strip set

It would take a lot more effort (not to mention money) to wrap this around your room. But maybe you don't want to turn your room into a colored box.

Line two of these up behind your bed frame so they cast a warm glow on the wall behind it. Or add them under floating shelves, or around window or door frames. Recreate the effect of recessed lighting with the option to switch between colors as the vibes change.

And if you're already at an Ikea shopping for other home necessities, it might not hurt to throw these into your cart, just in case.

Ikea DIODER LED 4-piece light strip set, multicolor, $, available at Ikea

ASAKUKI Essential Oil Diffuser

Hear me out: I've owned this diffuser for over a year and I bought a second one for my mom. Not only is it a waste-free alternative to candles, but I've found myself using it for the colored lights more and more.

I use this as a diffuser during the day. But at night, I turn off the mist and vibe to a room bathed in pink light.

Asakuki ASAKUKI 500ml Premium, Essential Oil Diffuser,, $, available at Amazon

Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance Go Table Lamp

This is for those of you who think you're too old to be associated with anything that contains the word "TikTok."

Turn your room a lush shade of pink. Or warm yellow or peach. And then tell me you're not a colored-lights person.

This one is portable, Bluetooth enabled, and it even has a delicate flickering setting as well as simple white.

Philips Philips - Hue White & Color Ambiance Go Table Lamp - White, $, available at Best Buy

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