We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What are Night Lights?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

People of all ages can benefit from the use of night lights around their homes. As an easy way to provide a small amount of illumination, they are the ideal balance between enough light to move around the house in the middle of the night, while not casting enough light to keep anyone awake. Composed of a sturdy plastic structure that encases a light socket that is worked with a toggle switch, the basic night light is UL approved and requires nothing more than an outlet and a small bulb to operate.

Night lights are often found in bedrooms, as a means of providing a small amount of light, in case the occupant of the room wakes and rises during the night. While many children derive a sense of security from the presence of a little light, adults also can find these lights very handy if there is a need to get up for any reason, such as responding to the cry of a newborn. Just as young people sometimes feel more comfortable with a light in the room, older people who may unsure of their footing may find that extra lighting is helpful as well.

Along with bedrooms, night lights in the bathroom and hallways are not unusual. Because the amount of light emitted by these lights is small, they may be ideal ways to prevent glaring light to travel into other rooms, possibly disturbing other members of the family. Small lights placed strategically in a hallway will help to prevent stubbed toes at night, which will also cut back on the incidence of family members being woken by a shout of someone in pain.

The designs of night lights vary, according to taste. There are basic ones that come in shades of white, beige and black. These work well for people more concerned with function than anything else. Children’s versions often will feature a bulb cover that depicts a cartoon character or some theme that is of interest to children. For people who want everything in the home to coordinate, there are designer lights in a variety of patterns, shapes, and colors. In short, there is something for just about every need and taste.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including WiseGeek, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By anon298778 — On Oct 22, 2012

Are night lights good for the environment?

By anon40850 — On Aug 11, 2009

The night light product LiteAswitch fits all decors as it places a ring of light around any

existing wall plate. it is also switch mountable allowing it to be placed at all entry ways - check it out and see why I got three.

By mdt — On Mar 13, 2008

Many small plug in night lights are so simple in design that they will not impinge on the integrity of the room design. Plug the night light into a wall plug that is near the baseboard and you should be fine.

By anon4437 — On Oct 17, 2007

How can we get night lights depending upon architects design? For example, if he designs lamps according to a theme which links his concept in a bedroom means, is it possible to purchase those night lamps according to his concept in the design ?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.