Colorful lights, if done right, can look cool and futuristic. LED light strips have come a long way, which means you can ditch the year-round lights for something cleaner-looking. What’s nice about LED strips, though, is that they’re thin and flexible, so you can put those places traditional bulbs can’t go, like under cabinets and in drawers. This means they’re also functional — they can shed a little light on what’s.

Cribs

Motion-sensor bed lights provide just enough visibility, allowing you to move through the room without creating much of a disturbance. These LED strips from MyLights can also be installed on your own bed, in the bathroom, or the hallway, ensuring you’ll always have light when you need it.

Picture frames

If you’re looking for a simple way to give your family portraits a little extra pop, Backlit Box can deliver a nice LED picture frame to your doorstep.

Stairs

Open-riser stairs look especially cool with LED lights, and they’re also functional, because those gaps can be especially treacherous at night, but you might be too blurry-eyed to want a full-fledged assault on your retinas.

Under beds and couches

Sometimes lounges have cool glowing lights under their couches. Create the effect by putting LED lights under your couch and enjoy the ambience. And you’ll never lose a sneaker again if you add some LEDs under your bed.

Under cabinets and bars

While adding a strip of lights under cabinets might be purely functional and help you see your crockpot a little better, getting a color-changing strip for your bar is just going look really cool. It will fit right in with your glowing couch.

Decks

As dusk turns to dark, the patio becomes a little less hospitable. Sure, it’s lovely to gaze at the stars (or city lights, depending on your locale), but it’s also nice to be able to see the person you’re talking to. Outfitting the deck with tons of LED strips is definitely more time-consuming and expensive, but the effect is pretty spectacular