Published on May 19, 2021

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Photography by Julia Stevens; Curtains by Everhem.

As a native Californian, I know a good sunset when I see one. And even though I’m now a die-hard New Yorker, I’ll be the first to admit that the weather is far from perfect—and I’d buy anything to counteract that. 

I’m also a little neurotic about my lighting. I’ve lived in my new apartment for almost six months now and have never once flipped the switch to my bedroom’s overhead. I’m all about accent lamps with a warm, soft glow. So the moment I saw this now viral sunset projection lamp on TikTok—it happened to be the tail end of winter, when I was particularly desperate for summer vibes—I immediately had to order it. 

The bulb casts an orange reflection onto your walls, projecting not just a local spotlight but a flood of artificial rays throughout the entire room. With a flexible base, the lamp can rotate a full 180 degrees to give even the ceiling a summery feel. On long WFH days when I need an extra boost of inspiration (but it’s too early for wine), I’ll put it on and instantly feel at ease. You can’t put a price on that, but it just so happens to be only $27. 

Rather than keeping the lamp in one designated area of my apartment, I’ve been moving it around to create Miami Beach-like golden hours wherever I’m hanging out. Some pricier options have features like remote-controlled color-changing abilities or an extendable base, but for now I’m happy basking in the literal glow of my TikTok-inspired purchase.