The winter solstice is behind us, but there are still weeks to go before we can leave the office in daylight. A depressing thought—even more so if you are prone to seasonal affective disorder (SAD). So make your home a sanctum as the sun sets, enlivening it with lights to suit your romantic, or modernist, or green-minded tastes. An even easier fix for the January doldrums: Stockpile a stash of flickering tea lights. The silver-dollar-size votives from Bed Bath & Beyond ($4.99 for a bag of 100 at the Tribeca store, 270 Greenwich St., nr. Murray St.; 212-233-8450) transform a mundane room into an otherworldly refuge when lined up on bookshelves or mantels, huddled on a dining table, or scattered about like miniature stars.
The Romantic’s Light Fixture
If Philippe Starck’s black-crystal collection for Baccarat is too steep, opt for this glass Calais chandelier, hardwired to hold six bulbs ($295 at Z Gallerie, 443 Broadway, at Grand St.; 212-343-1045).
Tag up your living room with the A-Light South 3rd painted graffiti shade ($76 at Rare Device, 453 Seventh Ave., at 16th St., Park Slope; 718-301-6375).
Off the Wall
The minimally designed Choose wall sconce does away with a lamp stand but doesn’t scrimp on room-warming color ($200 at Artemide, 46 Greene St., nr. Broome St.; 212-925-1588).
What That Man Could Do With Paper
Modernize any middling space with an Isamu Noguchi lamp ($950 at the Noguchi Museum Store, 32-37 Vernon Blvd., nr. Tenth St., Astoria; 718-721-2308).
The 26-watt compact bulb brightens like a 100-watt incandescent. Energy Star status means the EPA approves ($8.99 at Brickman Ace Hardware, 55 First Ave., at 3rd St.; 212-674-3213).
Candlelight looks shockingly crisp as it radiates through the Votive Hurricane’s hand-cut Swedish crystal ($185 at the Shop at Cooper-Hewitt, 2 E. 91st St., at Fifth Ave.; 212-849-8355).
Pass the Torch
Emerge unscathed from the next blackout (or winter camping trip) by clipping a Princeton Tec Genesis flashlight to your key chain ($85 at Tent and Trails, 21 Park Pl., nr. Church St.; 212-227-1760).