The 9 Best Living Room Lights on Amazon for Under $100, According to Interior Designers

updated Mar 17, 2021
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A good-looking light fixture can be a game-changer for your living room. Along with supplying ambient, task, and accent lighting, an eye-catching fixture can make a decorative statement in any style of living room.

Whether it’s a simple swing-arm sconce on either side of your sofa or a Sputnik-style ceiling mount overhead, upgrading your living room with beautiful lighting doesn’t have to be a costly endeavor. So if you’re searching for stylish living room lights that won’t break your bank account, read ahead for nine designer-approved fixtures from Amazon, each coming in at under $100. You just might want two or three — or more! — of them for your space.

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Mid-century modern sconce

Depending on where you place it, a shapely wall sconce can provide both accent and task lighting in a living room. A single sconce can be mounted over a desk or bookshelf to supply task-specific lighting or employed on either side of a sofa — or paired with a piece of wall decor like a mirror or painting — for directional accent lighting. 

If you’re a fan of mid-century modern design, designer Jenelle Lovings says the Modo Lighting Modern Wall Sconce can bring a touch of glam to a living room while highlighting another piece of wall decor. “I would play up the geometry of this fixture by pairing it with a round mirror,” she says. For just a few dollars more, you can also score these fixtures with a plug-in option if you’re renting and can’t hardwire them.

Buy: Modo Lighting Modern Wall Sconce, $62.99

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Marble table lamp

An eye-catching table lamp can turn an end table or living room console into a true focal point. “We love this modern marble table lamp because it’s easy to update your living room by putting this table lamp on a side table,” explains designer Lauren Lerner of Living with Lolo. “Even better if it’s a side table that has a contrasting material to the sleekness of the lamp.”

Buy: Rivet Mid-Century Modern Rectangle Living Room Table Lamp with LED Light Bulb, $88.00

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Sputnik-style flush-mount

When you aren’t working with a ton of wall or floor space in a small living room, designer Tiffanni Reidy of Reidy Creative suggests swapping out your current ceiling flush-mount with one that makes a statement. “This mid-century inspired fixture is perfect for a smaller living room where you’d rather use a statement piece than recessed lighting,” she says. “I love the fact that the look of the fixture can change depending on the bulbs you use, and if you’re crafty, you can even customize it by spraying the canopy another color to match your decor.” You can also get this piece in 4-light and 8-light configurations, too, if you like the look but want to go smaller or bigger.

Buy: Mid-Century Sputnik Chandelier Modern Ceiling Light, $67.99

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Easy-to-install metal sconce

A simple, industrial-style plug-in wall sconce is a great way to free up surface space in a small living room. “Plug-in sconces can be installed more easily and are more renter-friendly than hardwired variants,” says designer Chris McGovern. “I prefer a cloth covered cord, if wiring is exposed, and a metal shade that provides more directional task lighting as opposed to a clear glass shade, which can be tough to keep clean.”

Buy: Globe Electric 51400 Gavin 1-Light Plug-in or Hardwire Balance Arm Wall Sconce, $49.99 $32.49

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Sputnik chandelier

Not only can a commanding chandelier provide ambient overhead lighting, but it can also turn a bare ceiling into the centerpiece of a living room. “Sputnik-style light fixtures are surprisingly timeless,” Lovings explains. “They can be used in a variety of decor styles, from modern farmhouse to glam — there are few places where this lighting doesn’t work!”

Buy: KOSTOMO 10-Light Sputnik Chandelier, $79.88

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Shapely but simple pendant

A sleek pendant light can supply an ambient glow while moonlighting as decor in a living room. “This pendant light is the perfect affordable fixture,” says designer Gabrielle Santiago of the Modo Lighting Globe Pendant Light. “I would hang it in front of a mirror or window for added visual interest that won’t obstruct the view.” It also comes in a slightly smaller, cheaper version if you’re looking to hang a pair or a trio.

Buy: Modo Lighting Globe Pendant Light, $76.99

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Shapely floor lamp

Designer Larisa Barton of Soeur Interiors says you can transform a cramped corner into an artful display with nothing more than a sculptural floor lamp. “This floor lamp  adds whimsy to a modern living room,” she says of the Surpars House Sputnik Chandelier Floor Lamp. “It fills a corner in nicely, like a piece of art or a sculpture would, and also has four bulbs (instead of one), so it really lights up a dark room!”

Buy: Surpars House Sputnik Chandelier Floor Lamp, $99.98

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Chic swing-arm sconces

The only thing better than a stylish $100 swing-arm sconce is scoring two for less than the same price. “This pair of swing-arm sconces would work great in a living room to add ambient light or task light for reading,” says designer Michelle Lisac. “They also come in three finishes and are a plug-in sconce, so no electrician needed.”

Buy: CHIYAN Lighting Swing Arm Wall Sconce (Set of 2), $84.99

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Statement sconces

For a pair of statement sconces that will work in both traditional and contemporary living rooms, Lovings says to look no further than this set of two Femony Matte Black Wall Sconces. “These sconces are the perfect transitional pieces, as they work with a variety of decor styles,” she explains. “These would be perfect over a living room fireplace, flanking a stunning piece of art.”

Buy: Femony Matte Black Wall Sconce (Set of 2), $59.99