Believe me when I say that the viral TikTok remote-controlled lighting trend will change your life

POV: you have no electrical sockets for your lamps

Light in a living room with plant and wall art
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Overhead lighting is fine and everything, but sometimes it can be a little too bright. Personally, I always prefer to layer my lighting and create warmer and cozier feeling spaces, but unfortunately, I have *very* limited plug sockets in my rental, which makes having lots of lamps dotted around feel like an impossible feat. 

So when it comes to layering your lighting and using lamps rather than an overhead lighting source, I know that the struggle is seriously real. Sigh. But, the good news is, that there's a solution. 

Unless you’ve been living off the grid, you’ll know that recently remote-controlled lighting has been trending on TikTok. And, let’s be honest, it’s easy to see why we’re all head over heels in love with the no-cable, remote-controlled lights trend when it comes to lighting our small apartments

Firstly, the aesthetic appeal is a serious cut above — I mean, who wants wires trailing everywhere? Certainly not me. But, aesthetic appeal aside, the cable-free, remote-controlled lighting trend is also super popular with those of us who have a limited number of easily accessible power sockets. 

What is the TikTok lighting hack?

Luckily for those of us with limited power outlets, there’s an ultra simple solution: battery-powered lights. 

As a TikToker showed in her video, it’s a piece of cake to swap out traditional bulbs for a battery-powered alternative that can be turned on via remote control. It's quick, easy, and effortlessly simple. 


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Beth Mahoney
Staff Writer

Hi! I’m Beth Mahoney and I’m a Staff Writer at Real Homes. I’ve been a journalist for the national press for the past six years, specializing in commerce and trends-related lifestyle articles, from product reviews and listicles to guides and features. With an eye for pretty things (think: quirky wall prints, scalloped edge furniture, and decadent-looking tableware) but a limited budget, I love nothing more than a bargain buy.