WITH the nights drawing in, it’s the perfect time to sort out your lighting at home.
Trendy smart lights let you illuminate your living room in endless different colours with just a click on your phone, and can even change in time with music and movies.
The best kit can cost hundreds but there are decent budget alternatives.
Here are the best deals, plus some other ways to brighten up your winter.
DISCO TIME: Philips Hue is the market leader in smart lighting with its fancy colour-changing bulbs which turn to 16million different shades.
But they are £50 each. Robert Dyas now has £10 off, down to £39.99.
Control them with the Philips Hue app, which also allows you to save money by switching off the lights remotely or setting them on timers.
TOO SKINT? Try the more basic TP-LINK Tapo L530B smart colour bulb from Currys, down £4 to £8.99. You control it using the free Tapo app which works well and is easy to use.
HOME COMFORTS: Dunelm currently has 30 per cent off lighting — including some gorgeous touch-dimmable table lamps that would be perfect for curling up to with while reading a book.
For little tweaks to a room, check out Dunelm’s funky llama string lights, down £1.50 to £3.50, or Pink Peony twig lights, down to £4.20 from £6.
FUN WITH THE SUN: Beat the winter gloom with some pretty solar lamps to brighten the garden.
Habitat at Argos has a nice ten-pack for £10, but Wilko do a similar set for just £4.50, as well as strings of solar lights for £1.
WHAT THE BLAZES: Lakeland is selling Northern Lights Colour Fire Cones that turn the flames of your fire blue or green to create a mystical effect.
Just light up a fire — in a fireplace, pit or woodburner, or a campfire — then chuck in the cones and the magic begins. A box of 30 to 40 is £14.99 but you can currently buy two for £25.
CANDLE WITH CARE: Cosy up with fragrant candles for winter evenings.
I recommend a half-price Yankee Candle Christmas gift set from Boots, down to £26.
- Prices on this page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Deal of the day
HERE’S a deal not to be sniffed at.
The Perfume Shop is selling Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy for £19.99, down from £50.
FILL up at dinner with Dolmio creamy tomato pasta bake sauce, down to £1 from £1.80 at Morrisons.
Treat the family
LOOKING for a last-minute half-term escape? Get 35 per cent off a stay at a Park Plaza hotel by signing up for free Radisson Reward membership.
Deals include two adults and two kids staying at the Park Plaza’s London Riverbank hotel, for £198.25 a night, down from £305, arriving on October 30.
WISH you could afford Balenciaga’s £2,650 bubblegum pink coat?
I’d grab this Freemans dupe for £89.
Savers’ little helper
TESCO Clubcard members can get up to three times the value of their vouchers by booking days out for the kids over half-term. Partners include Cineworld, theme parks such as Legoland Windsor and attractions including Shrek’s Adventure! in London. Details on the Clubcard app or website.
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EYE for a pie? Asda is doing three for £3 on £1.65 Pukka All Steak Pies.
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