The 10 Best Night Lights

Updated May 09, 2018 by Ezra Glenn

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We spent 42 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Whether you need an extra bit of illumination for those late-night bathroom trips or to soothe a child whose fear of the dark makes it hard for them to fall asleep, you've come to the right place. Our selection of quality nightlights includes basic glowing models through to image projection units that will impress even adults with their dazzling effects. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best night light on Amazon.

10. Projectables LED Plug-In

9. PlayLearn USA Aquarium

8. Boon Glo

6. Ohuhu Ocean Wave

5. Safety 1st

4. Rienar Mushroom Dream

3. Soaiy Soothing Aurora

2. Urpower Aromatherapy Diffuser

1. Enhance Mood Lamp

Outstanding Performance In An LEDing Role

Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs, have all but completely taken over the nightlight industry, as well as a tremendous amount of lighting fields. From giant movie sets to the smallest microscopes, LEDs have proven that their longevity and durability–not to mention their favorable power draw and low temperature operation–place them rightly at the top of the food chain.

There are extremely tiny holes in an LED called electron holes. When the right voltage passes across the device, electrons recombine with these holes and emit photons in the process, photons that we see as light.

The pattern of photon output determined by the shape and spacing of these holes makes LED lighting a particularly abysmal choice for color reproduction in product photography, but if you're using them for anything else, they're the best thing around.

LEDs are also dimmable, as controlled by that voltage causing a varying intensity of electron response.

When applied to the nightlight industry, LEDs give you a safe, consistent source of minimal light. It can be just enough to provide a glow to an otherwise blackened space or enough to light the entirety of the room in a variety of colors.

A Lot Of Ways To Light

The sheer variety of available night lights for you and your children can be overwhelming. We've gone and whittled the field down to what we believe are the best investments you could make for a little extra light.

Take a moment and think about who this light is for, and let that begin to influence your final decision.

Is this light more for you to know your kids will be safe from the perils of navigating a dark space in the middle of the night? If that's the case, something simple is the way to go.

Are your little ones petrified when the lights go out, and you've found that a nightlight is the only way to get them down for the night without the fear of monsters in the closet, under the bed, etc.? Well, you might benefit from using one of the more reassuring models, like the adorable owls or the lit up glow balls that kids can keep with them in their beds.

Maybe your kids have nothing to do with the purchase. Maybe you don't even have kids. Maybe you're just afraid of the dark. It's not as uncommon among adults as you think. We're not here to judge; we're here to advise.

The Himalayan crystal lamp and the Ocean Wave are probably the best options for adults on the list, as they provide a gentle ambiance without anything that seems overtly childish.

Whatever your needs, once you know what they are, you'll find the perfect light right here.

Are You Afraid Of The Dark?

When I was growing up, there was an insanely popular show on Nickelodeon called Are You Afraid Of The Dark. It was an episodic show that dramatized scary stories told around the campfire by a group of teens who called themselves The Midnight Society.

Looking back, not only does The Midnight Society sound like something out of Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, it also occurs to me that these 12-15 year old kids were presumably meeting in the woods at midnight around an unsanctioned fire on which they repeatedly threw an accelerant. That would never get past today's television standards.

What that show capitalized on, though–our fear of the dark–is an evolutionary trait in humans that persists millennia after we developed lighting and shelter technologies that protect us from the things that go bump in the night.

Nightlights used to be a little more hazardous, mind you. After all, they used to be candles or torches, and fire has this funny way of burning things.

Once electricity came along, having a little light at night got a lot safer, and with advancements in incandescent bulbs, and, eventually, with the advent of CFL and LED technology, lighting up the night has gotten safer and more environmentally efficient.

So, whether it's monsters, global warming, or your electric bills that keep you up at night, these modern lights will let you rest easy.


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Last updated on May 09, 2018 by Ezra Glenn

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label-operator from New York City. He's traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again.


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