They can be garish, spiky bright, and tacky -- in a good way.
Bodegas love them in NYC, where they frame windows, stripe shelves, and animate thousands of "OPEN" and KENO signs.
Teenagers fancy them so much they have acquired a new name: TikTok lights. Because they provide an instant bedroom background upgrade for a TikTok video.
So much better than posters.
Recently they turned up as a cresting search term on Exploding Topics. Over the last two years internet searches for "tiktok lights" have increased 2600 percent.
So when District Hall, where I am Maker-in-Residence, joined up with a neighborhood "Holiday Tree" campaign, something to attract weekend strollers, I knew our tree would feature TikTok lights.
Here's an image:
And a video:
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