This Tiny $27 Amazon Find Instantly Brightens Up the Darkest Part of My Apartment

published Apr 15, 2024
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A transition between a living and dining room covered with a built-in black bookshelf
Credit: Erin Derby

I’m obsessed with my bookshelf. It’s a mid-century modern inspired piece from Anthropologie that I completely splurged on years ago as my first “adult” furniture purchase. For the most part, it houses my ever-growing library of books, my two beloved pothos plants (which thrive on the top shelf), some pieces from my cactus figurine collection, and a few knickknacks that I occasionally switch out, depending on the season or if I want a quick refresh. 

During the day, this corner of my apartment gets tons of sunlight and feels like a curated centerpiece showcasing my interests, hobbies, and collections — and it always brings me so much joy to look at. Unfortunately, though, the area gets super dark as soon as the sun sets. 

Because I don’t have nearby outlets, I’d thought about adding puck lights to the bottom of the shelves to help balance things out, but I always worried that the adhesive would damage the wood. So when I came across this adorable battery-operated table lamp on Amazon, I knew it was the tiny tweak my bookshelf needed. 

The GGOYING battery-operated table lamp is a portable and cordless lamp that you can place just about anywhere. I styled this on the top shelf so that it would highlight my pothos plants and also cast some light on the wall to brighten up the space. Aside from a bookshelf, it would look great on a small bathroom storage cabinet, a kitchen table, patio side table, bar cart, or even next to a kitchen sink for elevated mood lighting. 

The miniature table lamp is also rechargeable, with a 10- to 20-hour battery life. Additionally, it’s constructed from a durable metal material, available in six different finishes (I went with yellow for a pop of color), and glows at three different light temperatures. You can also control the brightness levels for a more customized lighting source. 

The height adjusts as well, to either 9.45 or 14.57 inches tall. And at just 3.94 inches wide, this Amazon lamp is compact enough to rotate throughout your home (or even outside), depending on where you need more light. Or, at just $26.99, you could buy a few to disperse throughout different rooms, even mixing and matching colors, all while taking up hardly any space!