This one simple change can transform any room instantly – and costs as little as £10!

Would you like to make your living room feel cosier and more ambient? While there are many ways in which to do so, none are as cheap or effective as changing the light bulbs.

Would you like to make your living room feel cosier and more ambient? While there are many ways in which to do so, none are as cheap or effective as changing the light bulbs. Especially when the bulbs in question are smart dimmable light bulbs.

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Thanks to the rise of the smart light bulb and connected lighting apps, you can now create a professional-looking lighting scheme just by replacing a few bulbs. That's right – there's no rewiring required. Providing you've got wireless broadband and use a smart device it's incredibly easy to upgrade your bulbs to those that can be wirelessly controlled and dimmed.

Smart home solutions: dimmable light bulbs

Never underestimate the power of good lighting – creating the perfect lighting scheme is key for good interior design. A change of light is a simple way to change the mood and therefore purpose of any room.

This simple solution is the easiest way to transform any room. Control your lights from an app on your phone to dim the brightness to set the scene for an intimate dining.

Embrace moments of relaxation by changing the lights without even leaving the sofa. Or simply dim the lights to prepare your eyes for a better night's sleep – because it's proven that reducing the light pollution in a room can hugely aids the brain to prepare for sleep.

Read everything you need to know with our expert guide: Best smart lighting – the best smart light bulbs and systems for illuminating your home

living room with fireplace and sofaset with cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Brittain)

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Adding lamps is the best second option, as they offer a more focused pool of light. But replacing light bulbs is a far savvier option.

Tamara Kelly

Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.