What Is Novelty Lighting?

Novelty lighting is the name for a broad category that can describe anything from nightlights shaped like softballs to lamps in the shape of a leg. While owning these items can be a major reward in their own right, novelty lighting is more for decoration than it is for practicality. Those adorable Christmas lights shaped like red solo cups, as well as any butterfly-shaped desk lights all, fall into the category of novelty.

Although the idea of novelty lights can hold a sort of tchotchke mental image, they can also be a crucial part of a room’s décor. Everyone had that favorite horse lamp or children’s show nightlight growing up, right? Plus some of the most iconic sources of lighting fall into the novelty category. After all, where would we be without the miniature disco balls and lava lamps of the world? Here are some of the more groovy examples of novelty lighting, and how they can be used in for more than just yard sale treasures.

Best Novelty Lighting For The Money

Here are some of the better examples of novelty lighting available to buy:

SaleBestseller No. 1
Twinkle Star 300 LED Window Curtain String Light for Wedding Party Home Garden Bedroom Outdoor Indoor Wall Decorations (Warm White)
3,029 Reviews
Twinkle Star 300 LED Window Curtain String Light for Wedding Party Home Garden Bedroom Outdoor Indoor Wall Decorations (Warm White)
  • 8 Modes settings: combination, in waves, sequential, slogs , chasing/flash, slow fade, twinkle/flash, and steady on.
  • High quality: 6.6ft*9.8ft, 300 WARM WHITE LED lights. UL Certificated Output and wire: 29V Voltage Safe Curtain Lights with UL certified, leads to 29V safe output by UL plug-in transformer.
  • Easy to use: directly plug in and unplug it for power on and off. US standard outlet, voltage 110. Plug to the controller: 1.5m/5ft. Controller to the LED light: 1.2m/3.9ft.
  • Perfect decoration: WATERPROOF(IP44) Perfect for indoor and outdoor decorations. Christmas,party,Valentine's Day, wedding, home, window, bathroom, festival, Holiday, shows, restaurant, hotel, commercial building, shopping center etc.
  • Sales price,this lights will make your life lovely. NOTE: ONLY STRING LIGHTS, NOT COME WITH A CURTAIN, MAINLY USED FOR CURTAIN DECORATION. 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE! If for any reason you're not 100% SATISFIED, please let us know and our customer service team will help you RETURN OR REFUND.
SaleBestseller No. 2
LuminoLite Rechargeable 3000K Warm 6 LED Book Light, Easy Clip on Reading Lights for Reading in Bed. 3 Brightness Eye-Care, 2.1 oz Lightweight, Up to 60 Hours Reading. Perfect for Bookworms & Kids
2,221 Reviews
LuminoLite Rechargeable 3000K Warm 6 LED Book Light, Easy Clip on Reading Lights for Reading in Bed. 3 Brightness Eye-Care, 2.1 oz Lightweight, Up to 60 Hours Reading. Perfect for Bookworms & Kids
  • [UPGRADED ] 3000K WARM SMD LED TECHNOLOGY. Most suitable light color for eye-care reading. 6 LEDs evenly light up 3x times lighting area than normal LED. 3 BRIGHTNESS LEVELS. THE BEST portable book light for bookworms & kids.
  • NO MORE WASTING MONEY ON BATTERIES - EVER. FEATURES BUILT-IN RECHARGEABLE 1000MAH LI-ION BATTERY, enjoy your wireless 60 HOURS reading without charging (at low brightness setting). 3 power modes to choose from, USB ports, power banks, and 5V phone charger (not included). Standard Android micro-USB cable included. Never worry about finding a compatible cable if get lost.
  • LOVE TO READ AT NIGHT WITHOUT DISTURBING YOUR PARTNER? This new book light is 2.15 oz super lightweight. Perfectly weightless for clipping on your book, creating a private reading space for you alone when your partner is sleeping next to you. Ideal for nighttime reading in bed and for travel.
  • EYE-CARE SOFT DIFFUSED LIGHT, easily light up 2 full pages of any size book. No need to adjust the light from time to time. This night reading lamp comes with a SECURE PADDED CLAMP AND INFINITELY FLEXIBLE NECK allowing you to position & focus light exactly where you want it. Also perfect for camping, kid's reading, study, music stand, computer light, tasks & hobbies.
  • YOU WILL LOVE OUR BESTSELLING CLIP LIGHT AND OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE - Give it a try with our NO-FUSS 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE & 3 YEAR WARRANTY - CLICK THE 'ADD TO CART' BUTTON NOW AND GRAB IT AT THIS SALE PRICE. SHIPS FROM THE USA.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Led Strip Lights 6.56ft for 40-60in TV,Pangton Villa USB LED TV Backlight Kit with Remote - 16 Color 5050 Leds Bias Lighting for HDTV
1,643 Reviews
Led Strip Lights 6.56ft for 40-60in TV,Pangton Villa USB LED TV Backlight Kit with Remote - 16 Color 5050 Leds Bias Lighting for HDTV
  • Light Up Every Side of Your TV - 78.7in / 2m 5050 LED light strip for 40-60 inch tv
  • Perfect mood light and can improve image clarity, relieve eye fatigu. Bring home theater-like enjoyment
  • 24key remote-16 color changing-dimmable 4 modes.Control distance 19.6ft-26.2ft
  • Easy to install-strong double sided adhesive tape installation,We made the mark on the light strip,Just connected it according to the mark
  • Safety: CE ROHS UL GS certification 5V USB powered.3 months free replacement, 1 year warranty
SaleBestseller No. 4
LEVOIT Kana Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp Pink Crystal Hand Carved Hymalain Lamps with Real Rubber Wood Base, Dimmable Touch Switch, Holiday Gift (UL-Listed, 2 Extra Original Bulbs Included)
1,562 Reviews
LEVOIT Kana Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp Pink Crystal Hand Carved Hymalain Lamps with Real Rubber Wood Base, Dimmable Touch Switch, Holiday Gift (UL-Listed, 2 Extra Original Bulbs Included)
  • 100% Pure & Highest Quality Himalayan Salt: Professionally hand-carved Himalayan rock salt from Pakistan makes the Kana Salt Lamp the perfect gift for holidays, birthdays, graduations, thank-yous, and other special occasions.
  • The Highest Quality Natural Salt Lamp: When lit with the included 15 watt bulb, the lamp radiates a warm, amber glow, providing a calming atmosphere. Ideal for the center of a coffee table or desk. Great for meditation, yoga spaces, a night light, or on your bedside table.
  • Safer Touch Dimmer Switch (US 120V only): The top-notch and beautifully made touch dimmer switch allows you to tap and hold to brighten or dim. The cord is UL certified, freeing you from a potential fire hazard. Levoit has not been involved in any of the recent salt lamp recalls.
  • Premium Rubberwood Base: Real rubberwood base is non-toxic and sits stably atop furniture. Durable, termite-resistant, and lasts with prolonged use.
  • Well Accessorized: Generous 6.6-foot power cord; 2 extra original 15 watt bulbs included in the box (replacement bulbs are available for separate purchase as needed; search: "Levoit light bulbs")
SaleBestseller No. 5
Led Strip Light Waterproof 600leds 32.8ft 10m Waterproof Flexible Color Changing RGB SMD 5050 600leds LED Strip Light Kit with 44 Keys IR Remote Controller and 12V 5A Power Supply
1,234 Reviews
Led Strip Light Waterproof 600leds 32.8ft 10m Waterproof Flexible Color Changing RGB SMD 5050 600leds LED Strip Light Kit with 44 Keys IR Remote Controller and 12V 5A Power Supply
  • ULTRA-BRIGHT: Most sellers use just 300 LEDs, but we use 600 LEDs. Super brightness than others.Our lights make high intensity and reliability.
  • SMALL LUMENTS DEPRECIATION & LONG LIFE SPAN: Save effort and maintenance costs on changing lights frequently. More than 50000 hours service life.
  • STABLE AND SAFEST: 12V low working voltage durable power supply, more security and stabilty extremely low heat.
  • CUTTABLE AND LINKABLE: Easy to cut and use with every 3 LEDs along the cutting marks, without damaging the rest strips.
  • CONVENIENT INSTALLATION: Self-adhesive back with adhesive tape for safe and easy application. Stick on the back of forceful glue, using fixed card clamps, convenient installation.
SaleBestseller No. 7
25Ft G40 Globe String Lights with Clear Bulbs,UL listed Backyard Patio Lights,Hanging Indoor/Outdoor String Lights for Bistro Pergola Deckyard Tents Market Cafe Gazebo Porch Letters Party Decor, Black
3,054 Reviews
25Ft G40 Globe String Lights with Clear Bulbs,UL listed Backyard Patio Lights,Hanging Indoor/Outdoor String Lights for Bistro Pergola Deckyard Tents Market Cafe Gazebo Porch Letters Party Decor, Black
  • 25 feet long string with 25 clear G40 Bulbs, end to end connectable.
  • Light bulbs have candelabra (E12) socket base, UL listed.
  • 6" lead with male plug, 12" spacing between bulbs, 6" tail with female connector. Total Length 25 Feet
  • Great for Bistro Pergola Deckyard Market Cafe Gazebo Porch Marquee Letters, Weddings, Garden, Tents, Gatherings, Bbq, City Rooftops, Umbrella, Dinner Parties, Birthday Parties
  • We offer 1-Year quality guarantee. Please contact the seller directly if you have any quality problems.For Bulbs replacement, please search B00R25V92Y
Bestseller No. 8
Homemory Realistic and Bright Flickering Bulb Battery Operated Flameless LED Tea Light for Seasonal & Festival Celebration
2,293 Reviews
Homemory Realistic and Bright Flickering Bulb Battery Operated Flameless LED Tea Light for Seasonal & Festival Celebration
  • Homemory Realistic and Bright Flickering Bulb Battery Operated Flameless LED Tea Light for Seasonal & Festival Celebration
Bestseller No. 9
Yoaky LED Marquee Letter Lights Sign 26 Alphabet Light Up Marquee Letters Sign for Night Light Wedding Birthday Party Battery Powered Christmas Lamp Home Bar Decoration
37 Reviews
Yoaky LED Marquee Letter Lights Sign 26 Alphabet Light Up Marquee Letters Sign for Night Light Wedding Birthday Party Battery Powered Christmas Lamp Home Bar Decoration
  • HIGH QUALITY - Made of enviromental ABS + PP material; Requires 2 AA batteries (not included); can be hung (has keyhole slot in back for easy hanging) on walls, mantels or placed on top of a reception table during your event or celebration
  • MULTIPLE USES - Marquee letters, Light up your favorite words for special occasion, event, or home decoration. Suitable for home, birthday party, outdoor, bars, cafes decorated
  • DIY COMBINATION - 26 alphabetic character LED lights, such as for arbitrary combination into I LOVE U, HOME, MARRY ME, U&M, etc, just play your imagination
  • CONVENIENCE - This marquee lights are portable, it can be hung on walls and can make it stand with double-side tap.Need 2 x AA batteries so they are not too oversized and will not need to be plugged into an electrical outlet
  • The Size is about 24cm x 22cm x 5.5cm (9.5" x 8.7" x 2.2"). 1 x LED Letter Light, 2 x AA Batteries (Not Included)

Types of Novelty Lighting

Novelty Lighting Items

An Example Of Novelty Lighting

he entirety of novelty lighting is a fairly broad category that can’t be summed up in neat categories, but we can try to cover the basics anyways.

The first, and most iconic, form of novelty light is the lava lamp. Blue and yellow, orange and red, these 70s-inspired conical color fests are a staple of basement game rooms and college dorms alike. They produce enough ambient lighting to set the tone without overwhelming the entire space. And since they were only in style for a limited amount of time, being out of style is sort of their appeal.

The next type of novelty light is the signs. From neon burger signs that somehow made their way into your kitchen to cursive bathroom lights that spell out “Love,” these examples of classic American advertising work well in a more edgy décor setting but have their place in any home. The exact location for these novelty classics really depends on the sign, and the design, you’ve got in mind.

One of the most common types of novelty lights come in the form of hanging or wall lights. From light curtains straight from a Freshman girl’s dorm room to Christmas lights, paper lanterns, and rope lights, these creative fixtures allow you to light a large area with a limited number of outlets. Perfect for summer accents, Christmas decorations, or a pop of light on your back deck, these novelty lights are by far the most practical, if the most mocked, of the novelty lighting world.

Figurine lamps can be found throughout history, so you can hold onto your Harry Potter themed lamp with pride knowing you’re not the first person to ever buy these novelty lighting choices, and you are far from the last. Representing things like sports teams, animals, popular culture, and even historical figures, these light sources are unique, that’s for sure. A tried and true version of novelty lighting, these fixtures are sure to shed some light on your interests as well as your nightstand.

And these are just the basic types of novelty lights available. With flameless candles, disco balls, book lights, rock salt lamps, and fiber-optic fixtures, to name a few, the possibilities for lighting your home are only limited by your imagination. And, of course, your sense of coordination.

The Latest In Novelty Lighting

Novelty Lighting Video

Here is a YouTube video discussing various types of novelty lighting:

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