13 Dorm Room Lighting Ideas That Aren’t LED Strip Lights

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As much as we love LED strip lights and fairy lights, they've become quite the staple in dorm rooms. Anything beats the dreary overhead lighting you can find in most dorms, but if you're looking to switch it up, we've got you covered. From upgraded string lights to modern table lamps, check out 13 stylish lights to elevate your dorm room, below.


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1. Homemory Flickering Flameless Candles (set of 3), $19.99

Chances are you can't light real candles in your dorm room, so flameless candles are the next best thing. You can use flameless candles to create soft ambient lighting. Plus, this set comes with a remote.


2. AllModern Mia Globe Table Lamp, $54

Glam up your dorm room with this stylish globe table lamp. If you want to switch it up, add a smart bulb like the Ledvance Sylvania Smart+ LED Light Bulb, which allows you to control the lights while you're away and gives you access to more than 16 million colors.


3. Dormify Charging Desk Lamp, $165

Not only is this desk lamp chic, but the base also acts as a charging deck for your devices.


4. Pottery Barn Teen Starburst String Lights, $49

Elevate your average fairy lights with these stylish and unique string lights.


5. Urban Outfitters Marcella Rattan Sconce, $99

Mount this sconce with dorm-friendly Command strips. We love that the rattan design adds a California-cool element to your space.


6. Pottery Barn Dorm Shine-On Clip Task Light, $54

This clip task light — complete with a flexible gooseneck — is perfect for lofted beds or limited desk space.


7. Conway Electric Jax USB and USBC Task Lamp, $255

Forget hard to reach outlets. This modern task lamp has two outlets and two USB ports so you can power up all of your electronics with ease from your desk or bedside table.


8. Wade Logan Ambrose LED Novelty Floor Lamp, $105.99

Even in a small dorm, all you need is a little corner for this floor lamp to illuminate your space.

9. Urban Outfitters Alice Glass Table Lamp, $119

Love the retro look? Take the mushroom lamp trend to school with this stylish option from UO.

10. Nanoleaf Elements Smarter Kit, $249.99

Create unique light patterns with the Nanoleaf Elements Smarter Kit, which has a stylish wood design. If you're looking for something more colorful, try the brand's Triangle Smarter Kit.

11. Anthropologie Nina Accent Lamp, $98

Who doesn't love a unique accent lamp? This geometric option from Anthropologie can add a soft glow to your dorm.

12. Threshold Dual Head Metal Desk Lamp, $90

Double the lighting in your dorm with this sleek, two-head task lamp.

13. Pottery Barn Teen Ombre Ambient Backlit LED Mirror, $299

This mirror doubles as a lamp with LED bulbs lining the panel. You have the ability to set the color to your mood, with ombre and single-color options.