Affordable Lighting Ideas For When Your Bedroom Is A Black Hole

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Good windows just might be the holy grail of apartment hunting — especially if you live in a crowded urban area. Nice light is hard to come by for many a small-space dweller, those who are likely making do with tiny windows that look out onto alleyways. (But at least your shower is in an actual bathroom and not the kitchen, right? No? Oh, sorry.) We commiserate, and come bearing bright news.

Ahead, we've rounded up five lighting solutions — from statement bulbs to no-footprint floor lamps — that will solve all of your dimly lit, cramped-quarters crises. If you need a reading light, there's a super-sleek sconce. If there's no available surface space on your nightstand for a lamp, we found the perfect floor lamp. Better yet? They're all under $100, so you can save money to buy your own open, sun-filled loft.