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With so many different night lights available how do you choose the best one for your baby? Join us as we explore everything you need to know about night lights. Use the list below to navigate to your preferred section or start reading fr...

With so many different night lights available how do you choose the best one for your baby? Join us as we explore everything you need to know about night lights. Use the list below to navigate to your preferred section or start reading from top to bottom, it's all great information!

A night light , as the name suggests, is a light you leave on at night. A night light is deigned to illuminate a room with a soft glow that is not so bright that it prevents sleep.

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Night lights have many practical uses including:

While night lights are very much marketed for kids, I personally believe it is the parents the who get the most benefit out of installing a night light in the kids room.

1. Easily fall back to sleepIt is a given that you will face broken sleep with a new baby in the house. While the midnighttrips to the baby cribmay be unavoidable, a night light can make it easier for you to return to sleep.

Turning on bright lights when you check on your baby actually causes your brain to become alert and active. Guess what? If your brain is active then so are you. This means that you will have difficulty returning to sleep.

A dim night light in your baby’s nursery will provide enough illumination to check up on your baby without jarring you awake. This means that you will return to sleep much quicker when your head hits your pillow.

2. Being able to see at nightThe glow of a night light is just bright enough to help you avoid any toys that need to be navigated around in the darkness when checking up on your baby.

This was actually the defining reason for me getting my little one a night light. Once when I was checking up on my son, I stepped on a piece of Lego on the way to his bed. Not only did the howl I let out wake up my son, but my neighbors as well.

3. Cheaper to run than ceiling lights.Some parents choose to leave the lights on outside of their child’s room with the door slightly ajar. While this method can be effective at providing a light source through the night, it may be difficult to control the intensity of the light emitted, plus it uses much more electricity than your standard night light.

Since night lights use less electricity then ceiling lights, they save you money when the power bill rolls around.

Variety is the spice of life. Here are the most commonly used types of night light available.

When you think of a night light chances are that the plug in variety will spring to mind. Plugin in night lights have been a tried and tested favorite for many years.

Many modern plug in night lights come with built in sensors. Daylight sensors switch the night light on as soon as the ambient light in the room goes dark, while motion sensors will turn the night light on when you walk past.

As the name suggests, these night lights can project an image onto the roof or wall of your home. Rather than typical boring light, you can have images of stars and planets, superheroes, even your favorite Disney princess!

The main problem with projection night lights is that they need to be placed the perfect distance from the projection surface it uses as the screen. Too close and the images are too small. Too far away and they become blurry.

Essentially a stuffed animal with a night light inside. These night lights are designed sleep in bed with your baby. The animal is not only soft and cuddly but the ambient light of the internal glow can help comfort your baby while the sun is down, helping him fall asleep.

Portable night lights do not need to be plugged into a power outlet and can sit anywhere in the room. Most portable night lights run off batteries. Some portable night lights are rechargeable through the use of a USB cable.

Many parents do not use a night light, instead opting for a more traditional lamp and shade. While lamp and shades are effective, unless you use a low brightness bulb to reduce the light emitted, they can actually interfere with your child's sleep. The same is true of small neon lamps, another choice among some parents.

Some parents still use a candle as a night light. I personally do not recommend using a candle as a night light due to the inherent risks. If you do choose to use a candle as a night lightaccent pillow case baby canvas nursery, be aware of the risks and only do so if you are present in the room with your baby. Be sure to extinguish the candle each time you leave.

With so many different night lights available it can be difficult to determine which is perfect for your child. Keep these tips in mind when choosing a suitable night light.

Before choosing a night light for your baby, take a look at the layout of your baby’s room. Pay attention to the location of the electrical sockets in relation to your baby’s crib or bed.

If the power outlet is too far away or too close from the crib then you may the light may be either too dim or too bright for your baby. If this is the case then you may want to consider a portable night which will allow you to place the night light at a more comfortable distance to your baby’s bed.

Surprisingly, the color of light given off by a night light can also have an effect on how well your baby sleeps through the night.

Logically, you would think that a calming blue color would help put your baby to sleep. Research actually suggests the opposite. Blue light is a stimulant that actually boosts attention and reaction times. These are not benefits that you want as you are falling sleep. White night lights also fall under the blue light category.

The best color for night lights is red or orange. Do those colors sound familiar? They should. They are the same colors that feature prominently in the twilight of sunset, nature's very own way of telling you to get ready for bed.

An added bonus is that baby’s find red light soothing as it is a familiar color which can mean a better sleep. Experts believe that this is because the only colored light your baby would have seen in the womb would have been a red color. Red lights seem to be the best night lights for sleeping.

A timer is a handy feature that can be found on certain night lights. Simply put, instead of manually switching the night light on and off, when you turn on your night light a timer ticks down for a predetermined amount of time before automatically switching the night light off once your baby has had time to fall asleep.

Many parents like the idea of a night light timer as it means once the baby falls asleep you don't have to leave the night light on all through the light. It can shut off when the baby is sleeping, which saves electricity and, by association, money.

It is worth taking into consideration what type of bulb your night light contains. Some night lights will contain light bulbs that can be replaced. Other light bulbs are fused to the night light, requiring you to replace the whole night light when the bulb dies.

The type of light bulb also determines how hot the surface of the night light will get. LED light bulbs give off very little heat while incandescent lamps and halogen bulbs can get very hot.

Remember, the idea of a night light is for it to function in night mode, gently illuminating the room with soft, ambient light, not light it up with the brightness of a thousand suns. Brightness should always be a factor in determining the best night light for nursery use.

A night light that is too bright can result in restless, broken sleep. There is nothing worse than facing a grumpy child who has not had enough sleep.

You can determine whether a night light is too bright or not by using this simple method:

On the flip side, the night light should still be bright enough for times when parents need to safely tend to their baby in the middle of the night.

While the main role of a night light is to illuminate the nursery with a soft glow, you can purchase night lights with extra features. These include:

While these extra features can prove to be handy, don’t be suckered into buying a night light with features that you will not use. With each added feature, the price of a night light will generally increase.

There are enough baby night lights to suit any need that a parent may have. Below are the five most popular night lights that money can buy, any one off which might be your best choice for a baby room night light.

Brand:Summer InfantStyle: Elephant, Bee, Butterfly

It's easy to see why this nursery night light took our first place. This night light not only projects stars onto the walls and roof of your baby's room but also plays relaxing music to ease your little one to sleep.

If you look closely then you may notice that the back of the elephant is a made from hard plastic with small cut out holes. Looking closer again reveals that these holes are actually star and moon shapes. When this night light is turned on, the light bulb inside shines through these holes and projects the shapes onto your walls and ceiling.

The slumber buddy night light is capable of playing five different songs and nature sounds to help soothe your baby to sleep. The volume control has three levels which allows you to set this night light at varying distances from the crib without the music intensity being too loud or too quiet.

The night light also comes equipped with a timer that can be set at 15, 30, or 45 minute intervals.

Brand:MunchkinStyle: As pictured

The Light My Way night light by Munchkin is one of the most popular portable night lights available.

One of the main reasons for its popularity is that it suits kids of all ages. If you have a young baby the night light can simply be placed on a shelf near the crib. If your child is older, they can have it right next to their bed, providing enough light to read by without being so bright that it will interfere with sleeping.

If your young child needs to go to the toilet in the middle of the night then all he needs to do is turn this night light on and, with the help of the easy grip handle, illuminate his midnight journey. No more bumps in the night.

The night light shuts off automatically after 20 minutes. A great feature as your child will very likely fall asleep without turning the night light off.

Brand:BoonStyle: As pictured

This is by far the most unique night light available. Unlike other night lights, this night light contains multiple parts, An LED base and three balls that glow in the dark.

Once the balls are removed from the LED base station, the balls will continue to glow for up to 30 minutes. Since the balls contain no electric parts they are very difficult to break (a must-have feature in anything your baby touches).

While the balls are portable, the night light base station will require a power outlet to plug into. The base station without the balls gives off more than enough light to illuminate a room when your baby inevitably wakes you in the middle of the night.

This night light is extremely safe, featuring child safe plastics that are BPA, Phthalate and PVC free.

Brand:?AlohaStyle: As pictured

Are you concerned that your infant is too hot or cold at night? Now you can take the guess work out of checking up on your baby with a quick glance at this night light with built-in thermometer.

The night light changes color according to the temperature:

Inside the box you will find a plug in USB charger, a USB cable and the night light. You can simply leave the night light plugged in at all times. If you unplug the charger, the night light will provide you with 13 hours of light.

Brand:Safety 1stStyle: As pictured

If you are looking for a plain plug in night light without the bells and whistles then this is for you.

Coming in a pack of two, this is one of the cheapest night lights on the market. Don't let the price fool you, this is a very effective night light.

The night light is equipped with a darkness sensor that automatically turns the night light on at twilight when it gets dark. This handy feature means that you will not need to bend over to turn the switch on every night before bed.

The use of an LED bulb in this lamp makes it cool to touch.

Night light safety

Please follow these night light safety tips in order to keep your little one safe and sound.

Keep night lights with small parts away from babiesNot all night lights are designed for your little baby to use as a toy. Many decorative night lights contain small parts that can prove to be a choking hazard. Always check the packaging to see if your night light contains small parts that may be unsuitable for a young infant.

Electricity and safetyPlug in night lights can pose an electrocution hazard should your baby try to unplug it or spill liquid on it. Many plug in night lights contain fun characters and colors to capture a young baby's attention, drawing him straight to it. Unless your baby is safe and sound in his crib it is best that you supervise your little one around plug in night lights.

Pay attention to recallsJust like with all other baby products, it is recommended you pay attention torecall lists. In 2012 over 200,000 LED night lights were recalled because they got too hot. This particular model lead to burns and fires. If you notice your night light getting too hot, immediately discontinue use and contact the manufacturer.

What is your favorite night light? Let me know below.

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Jess Miller is a loving mother that wants to help other parents by giving them helpful parenting tips and reviewing the best products for their children to save them time, money, and hassle.

Michelle says

August 31, 2015 at 8:38 pm

none of the ‘;best’; night lights shown have red bulbs ???? so why endorse them makes no sense writing this article.

Jess Miller says

August 31, 2015 at 10:39 pm

Hi Michelle,

Excellent question. When this article was originally written there was a red nightlight at the top of the list that I currently used and was very happy with. However, when my baby was crawling around the nursery he was able to remove the cover exposing sharp pieces. As a result it has been removed from the list. Updating this article is actually on my loooooong list of things to do. But a busy Mother of two can only do so much in a day.

Keep being awesome!

yolanda coronel says

September 3, 2015 at 7:40 pm

Your “;BEST”; plug in night light is a no-frills, plain jane night light. Have you ever shopped the night light section at Walmart or Target? If I were going to decorate my house with a night light, there are SO MANY choices than just a plain vanilla acrylic night light with an ugly light sensor on the front. These days, many of the sensors are obscured at the bottom of the night light. Also, the back light that the LED is casting on the wall is very strange, it looks like a person even.Since you are blogging about night lights, you might consider broadening your scope of choices beyond what is sold in the Baby section at Walmart or Target. Check out their motion sensing night lights. The night light comes on only when you walk into the room, saving you the most money.

Jess Miller says

September 3, 2015 at 11:07 pm

Hi Yolanda,

While I appreciate your opinion –; It is very obvious as a spokesmen for Jasco Products (who also produce night lights) that you have a different motivation to recommend products that are not on my list. While this guide is in need of an update, I will almost certainly not be recommending your product based on personal experience.

My experience with the Jasco Frozen projectable nightlight:It broke within 3 days (I had to put up with crying and screams from my daughter that night) and when I contacted your customer service it took 2 weeks to get a reply. And that response was a politely worded “;shove it”;.

I would have kept these thoughts to myself (simply omitting your product from my list of best nightlights) but you came and posted on my blog. Now that you are here please share my experience with your team so that you can get things sorted on your end. Hopefully no other parent has to experience the same poor service I did.


yolanda coronel says

September 4, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Thank you for taking the time to call our attention to this issue. We value feedback from our customers as it helps us to improve our products. I will share your comments with our team about the product dysfunction, as well as share your customer experience with our customer response team. If you reach out to, someone will reply to you within 24 hours, and will replace your product immediately. The Projectable night light has been selling for some time now and out-of-the box failures are minimal with this night light.You are right that my motivation may be different than your motivation for writing the blog. As a category expert, I was merely trying to point out that there is a wide breadth of night lights available to consumers today. We create decorative night lights in metallic finishes like brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze, offer options which have multi-functions like motion sensors and emergency power failure capability, as well as offer novelty lights like the ones that you mentioned in your blog. Nowadays, consumers have many more options to choose from due to usage of LEDs which has allowed category experts to innovate in ways not possible before.

Jess Miller says

September 5, 2015 at 1:11 am

Thanks for weighing in Yolanda.

I will take a closer look at your products when I update this guide. Who knows, my opinion may change.

Keep being awesome!

Dee says

September 20, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Which night light would you recommend that is motion sensors –; not too bright –; for feeding and changing diaper? Thank you

Mara says

October 11, 2015 at 4:06 am

Thank you for taking the time to write this article. As a lazy mother of one, I appreciate someone else sharing their research. I’;m a big fan of the Safety 1st light you mentioned, though it ended up being a little too bright for our toddler. We’;re trying a red one next.

Georgi Cook says

November 20, 2015 at 9:53 am

Hi there,It seems there may be a misprint with the ‘;best thermometer night light’;. This to me looks like a gro egg from the gro company. I may be wrong, but thought I would bring it to your attention so as to minimise confusion for your readers.Thanks.

Edith says

March 5, 2016 at 6:43 am

I’;m a new parent, and not an expert on night lights, but I really love my cool mist humidifier that doubles as a LED lamp from Remedies. It has the option to rotate through various colors or select one. I usually pick a brighter color for night time diaper changes, rotate colors in the evening, and switch to a dark orange for when my baby is asleep. Thanks for your article. It’;s great to know the options, and I really like the idea of a portable LED light for when my little one is older. Thank you!

Clare says

April 9, 2016 at 7:45 am

Great tip re the red glow! I’;ve been using blue and have a terrible sleeper, let’;s hope there’;s a miraculous change!!! Thanks ? Jess :-)


April 29, 2016 at 10:54 am

this is an amazing article / comments really i think i enjoyed the comments most, anyway,”; night-lights ”; umm I installed one in my sons room about 6 feet off the ground and ran the power wires in the wall and down to a outlet (it stays on 24/7 but its only 2 single led lights being ran from a very small power supply \ 6volt-300 ma) it dosent have a “;brand name ”; its just 3 cubes offset from each other and the two end ones are open on the top and bottom to let the light shine out gives the most perfect amount of light and being that there is no direct light that shines at you but instead a streak of light coming out of the top and bottom that is on the wall

Maya Winfield says

January 31, 2017 at 3:42 pm

One of the best night lights I have used is from the Mr. Beams product line. They have an amber colored light that is motion activated and does not shine in your eyes when you approach it. I am a big fan and they are very helpful in the middle of the night to guide your way but not wake you up.

Layla says

February 23, 2017 at 5:03 am

The candle sounds like the worst idea! A night light should be out of the way, out of reach, and easy to interface with. Lights that plug into a socket is often not where you would like the light to be (or it is near a curtain creating a fire hazard), and battery operated lights go flat in no time (and if you are like me you forget to charge them more often than not). Lights on a table get knocked over and break. For me the best night light is one that you can hang on a wall, out of reach, and exactly where you need it.

Brittany says

February 27, 2017 at 3:57 am

Who would use a candle as a night light in a baby’;s room? I have never heard of anything more ridiculous and dangerous, not to mention totally inconvenient.

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