There are several benefits to using night lights in your child’s room. Night lights can help kids feel more secure if they’re afraid of the dark, or create a relaxing atmosphere that reaffirms a scheduled bedtime. But with so many choices, it can be difficult to decide which light is best for you and your child. This post is a quick reference about the three standard types of night lights, plus one extraordinary option provided by Mother Nature herself.
Plug-In Night Lights
Plug-in night lights have been around for a very long time, and indeed are what most people call to mind when they think of “night lights”. However, newer versions have softer hues and sensors that automatically turn off the light when daylight is detected. These types of night lights are great to protect kids from stumbling into things while walking through hallways in the dark. But the light can affect a child’s sleep if placed in the bedroom because it is constantly on.
Night light lamps offer a variety of lighting options allowing you to choose the brightness and color of the light. Also, many of these lamps can be charged via USB, which is great for younger kids because it eliminates the need for a power cord for added peace of mind. One thing to consider is that these lamps can get pretty hot. So it might be best to look for a product that protects kids from burning themselves.
Projectors can add some fun and whimsy to your child’s room. These night lights display designs like constellations, animals, and nature scenes on walls and ceilings. Many are themed with popular TV and movie characters. Some projectors even have an option to play music to help create a soothing sleeping atmosphere. The nice thing about projectors is that they can be placed away from kids and still provide a relaxing light show. However, the consistent light and sound may disrupt a child’s sleep.
A Unique Alternative
Bioluminescence, light given by living things like lightning bugs, is an interesting alternative to typical night lights. Now, I am not saying that you should go out and collect lightning bugs in a jar to light up your kid’s room. However, there is a cool product by BioPop called Dino Pet that uses a certain species of algae, known as dinoflagellates, to teach kids about bioluminescence. Because Dino Pet only gives light when it is shaken, it allows your child to sleep with all of the lights off. And Dino Pet’s soft glow can comfort your child as needed if they are afraid of the dark.
Whether choosing a traditional or naturally powered night light, make sure the decision is based on the needs of your family. Do I want to light a walkway? Will my kid be affected by a light that is consistently on? Are there other alternatives that I may not have considered? These are good questions to ask yourself when researching night lights. They will help you focus your search and help you find the best option for your family.