Updated March 22, 2020 by Taber Koeghan

The 9 Best Adult Nightlights

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This wiki has been updated 20 times since it was first published in April of 2016. If you have to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, it's better to follow the soft glow of an adult nightlight than turn on jarring bright lamps or overhead fixtures that can disturb a partner and prevent you from getting back to sleep quickly when you are done. Any of these will still help you avoid stubbing your toe on obstacles in the dark, though. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. GE Vintage

2. Vintar 5-Stage

3. Mineralamp Himalayan Salt

Editor's Notes

March 07, 2020:

Adult nightlights differ from nightlights for kids in a few ways. The most obvious distinction is style: the options in this list were chosen because of their "grown-up" appearances (in addition to functionality). We wanted to make sure that the mini fixtures we chose were not only good-looking at night, but in broad daylight too. Some of these have motion sensors that you might prefer if you don't need a light on throughout the night, but simply a guiding glow when you need to get out of bed in the dark to use the restroom. There are also highly decorative models in this list such as the Mineralamp Himalayan Salt and CPLA Printing Moon (which, by the way, are surpisingly affordable considering their stylish designs). If you're on the hunt for a bedside touch lamp, there are plenty of options in that category as well that lean more toward the sophisticated.

New additions to the list include the Paragon Clock, GE Vintage, GE Silver, and Loftek Sphere. Furthermore, the Soaiy Soother has been replaced with the updated Soaiy Aurora. The Geree Clock, GE Motion-Activated, Mipow Playbulb Sphere, and Authentic Street Signs NCAA have all been removed due to availability issues.

Special Honors

Starry Globe Pillowfort To be honest, this option is definitely suitable for a kid's room, but it's also elegant and quirky enough to work in an adult's bedroom. It produces a warm glow and projects soothing images of stars onto the ceiling and walls. target.com

Art + Interior Retro Ever wish your nightlight didn't need to be plugged into the wall? If so, this may be the item for you. It's a battery-powered, old school bulb that has a simple switch at its base. You can carry it with you from your bedstand to the bathroom if need be. artandinterior.co

4. Sycees Plug-In

5. CPLA 3D Printing Moon

6. Soaiy Adjustable

7. Mr. Go Four-Inch

8. GE Silver

9. Loftek Sphere

How Do I Choose an Appropriate Nightlight For Me?

These lights can be programmed to increase their brightness hour by hour, responding incrementally as the night begins to fall.

The first question to ask whenever you're in the market for a nightlight is, "Where do I plan on installing this nightlight, and why?" Choosing a basic nightlight to put in the outlet next to your bed, for example, should be relatively straightforward, given that you may only need to consider whether that light's casing should match any of the surrounding decor.

If, on the other hand, the only available outlet in your room sits several feet away, you may want to pursue a nightlight that can be turned on and off by way of a timer, or a remote control. Thanks to technological advances, you can also purchase a digital nightlight that can be synced up to a smartphone. Digital nightlights offer a complete range of settings. These lights can be programmed to increase their brightness hour by hour, responding incrementally as the night begins to fall.

In the event you plan on using a nightlight on your porch or in a garage, it would make sense to seek out a model that works by way of a motion detector. Motion-detecting nightlights can help you save on costs by remaining turned off until somebody moves within a pre-specified range. Placing one of these lights in an outdoor setting might also be an effective deterrent to theft.

If you plan on putting a nightlight inside your toddler's room, it might be worth looking into an ambient model that can illuminate the walls in different shapes, or colors. In addition, you may want to confirm that the bulbs in a child's nightlight will not heat up, as this could result in the child's fingers getting burned.

Assuming you plan on using a nightlight when you're traveling, it's best to choose a model that can operate by way of battery power. This way you're not at the mercy of an outlet every time you hit the road.

Several Little-Known Benefits of Owning a Nightlight

The most common places to install a nightlight are in the bedroom and in the bathroom. But nightlights can serve as a utility throughout an entire house, as well. A common example might be placing a nightlight in any area where there is a single step, or a lowered clearance. Installing a light in these areas can prevent guests or other family members from tripping, bumping their heads, or stubbing their toes. A nightlight can serve a similar function inside a garage or a tool shed, where nails and scraps of wood tend to fall onto the ground.

Nightlights are also apt accompaniment for any outdoor patio or screened-in porch.

Nightlights can provide a sense of security for your pets. This is particularly helpful if you're training a puppy to sleep in a crate, or to avoid feeling anxious whenever you're not at home. Nightlights are safer than burning candles in the bedroom. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, more than a third of all home candle fires begin in the bedroom - a percentage which is based upon an average of 25 home candle fires a day in the United States alone.

Nightlights are beneficial for any adolescents who are traveling off to dorm rooms or summer camp - any type of setting where a young person might prefer to stay up and read while nearby roommates are trying to sleep. Nightlights are also beneficial for bringing along to any vacation house, or on any business trip, given that the accommodations might seem unfamiliar, or even disorienting, in the dark.

Nightlights can provide the proper ambiance on a fishing boat or in an RV. Nightlights are also apt accompaniment for any outdoor patio or screened-in porch. These minor lights can help you to save on energy costs (by way of wattage), and they can also minimize the amount of money that you'll need to spend on replacing household bulbs.

A Brief History of The Nightlight

In the beginning, there was fire. And ancient cave drawings suggest that early man used that fire to cook, keep warm, stave off darkness, and scare off animals. Over time, man learned how to harness fire, and this eventually led to the birth of candles.

The first electric lamps ushered in a new era for bedside lighting.

The candle evolved over several centuries, with the biggest leap occurring by way of the kerosene lamp during the early 1800s. Despite fumes and a combustible reservoir, kerosene lamps were considered safer than candles for the simple reason that they housed a flame inside of glass. Kerosene lamps were also refillable, and they provided the convenience of increasing a flame's brightness, or making it dim.

The first electric lamps ushered in a new era for bedside lighting. For a time, electric lamps were small, and they needed to be powered by attaching a pair of wires to a battery. This changed during the 1880s, however, after Thomas Edison invented a light bulb that could pass an electric current through a filament to produce heat and light.

Up until 1986, outlet-powered nightlights had been largely designed for children who were afraid of the dark. The industry shifted after "clapper" nightlights (i.e., nightlights that could be activated or deactivated by the sound of human clapping) proved to be a hit among adults. Ever since, the nightlight trade has focused its efforts upon promoting household ambiance and safety. Today, it's not uncommon to find a nightlight in almost every room of an upscale house. Certain nightlights even offer a full range of settings, any of which can be adjusted by way of a remote control, or a digital app.

Taber Koeghan
Last updated on March 22, 2020 by Taber Koeghan

Taber is a writer from Santa Monica, CA, with a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of California, San Diego. After completing her degree, she began writing and editing copy for a host of high-traffic e-commerce websites. Her areas of expertise include the beauty, style, pet, and home products categories, and she has plenty of experience covering literature and art, too. Her personal interests in crafting and decorating inform her writing and -- she hopes -- add a good bit of insight to her work. Outside of copywriting, she is a reporter and columnist at a Los Angeles community newspaper and is currently pursuing a master of fine arts in creative writing.

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