LED Night Lights or Bright Night Lights?
The right LED night lights, types, bulb and brightness and
other important things to help you have a handle on emerging health
risks and have a piece of mind.
Some LED night lights come with bells and
you don't really
LED Make sure your
night light is not too bright to affect your child's
distract from a healthy sleep. Here's the important things I found out about LED night lights.
The other day I was shopping for
new night light ...
it struck me ... and I went for LED. Why led?
Because I was fed up with not finding the right low voltage bulb for
the fancy one we had. And a really reliable LED light wouldn't need
replacement until my little one becomes a teenager. Hopefully by then
she won't need a pilot light all night. - You can only wish...Anyway...
As I was researching and browsing, came accross some interesting facts
that I had to combine with my experiences about night light brightness.
Then I uncovered some more important points.
Our old night light
had a fancy lamp shade which my little one fell in love with instantly.
It had some familiar cartoon figures on the shade. Only the merchant
didn't sell a 7Watt replacement bulb matching the socket and it was
impossible to find one. Finally, after a lot of searching I found one.
Not the same, but similar enough. (Or so I thought.) At 10Watt, it was
only just 3Watts more. In it went, in the socket. Then, I plugged it in
and switched it on. Baaang. The whole socket went grey from billowing
smoke. On the top of that, the resulting short circuit meant no light
or power in that part of the house the whole night. (Actually, I only
figured this out the next day, when I could check more sockets. That
night, I just thought, what the heck, the bulb in my own night light
must have lost umph the same time...the kind of coincidence you'd
expect to happen when things go wrong.) But I digress.
What I didn’t know
of course, is that for a low voltage bulb the only 3Watt difference was
actually huge. Still, it doesn't change the fact that to this day I
didn't find a replacement bulb. But I am not looking any more. At least
not for one with an old incandescent type of light.
What I am looking for is L
E D night light.
And on the way I learned some important facts about how to choose one.
That is what I'd like to share with you. Perhaps I spare you some
Night lights and the health of
your child's sight
Recent studies make some correlation between the increased
number of teenage myopia and the brightness of light a young child is
exposed to while sleeping.
Interview Dr. Richard Stone,
of Opthalmology, Scheie Eye Institute
This and other things I read up on since made me thinking. Just How to
look for a proper LED night light ....
A Caveat to keep in mind
manufacturing quality increases with quantity, these problems will
diminish, but depending where you buy - you might experience one or all.
length of your LED's life
The product that
is marketed with lifelong operation burns out from excess heat. This
shouldn't happen at all. Given that night lights are very low voltage,
you should not feel noticeable heat. If you do, chances are your LED
night light has some manufacturing fault and will not last
long. Before making the purchase, make sure that the
manufacturer has years of solid reputation.
should stay white.
You buy a night light
with a white LED unit. A white LED is basically a
one doped in white phosphor. So if you notice that your night light
becomes noticeably bluer, the phosphor mast be of a lower quality. It
might be about to fade quite soon and so turn your white LED into a
really need the bells and whistles?
were tempted and bought a night light with the bells and whistles. It
is very tempting to buy a laser pod that comes with a spectacular light
show and lots of accessories to make the effect even more
unforgettable. While these are often marketed as night lights, their
usage may be more appropriate as LED night lights for party
lights, not sleep lights. With a night light you might want
to have for your child something that does not distract them from
sleep. (It's enough to fight for an hour to get them into bed, you
really don't need more distraction.)
changing may distract your child from sleeping.
other variety is the color changing LED night light. Since it is not
difficult for a LED light to be color changing (it is just the matter
of the program packed with your LED's chip) most manufacturers offer
this as an advantage. Some even pack in a strobe light function. These
two are absolute no-nos on my list. Maybe, once your child gets used to
it. But they are surely more useful as party lights or mood
lights. The color changing light washing your face could even
be part of a color therapy. However, under no
circumstances would I accept a strobing function packed with my child's
LED night light.
on this ... |
ashamed of correcting myself when correction is due. Well..., yes,
ended up getting a color changing nightlight, BUT
one in which WE can stop at just one color.
With one click of a button you can make it a party light. The
proverbial: two for the price of one...
may have long term harmful effects.
last but not least let's have some words about the brightness of the
night light. A LED night light's light output (a scientific measure of
brightness) is somewhat more than electroluminescent (EL) light or some
neon guide light. But if you buy one which is 4-7W, you'll notice that
it's output will be much less than it's 4-7W incandescent
equivalent. A key with brightness that if your night light it is too
bright, your child may not complain. However, there are studies that
show, just how much your child may be affected nevertheless. I go with
my gut feeling on this. I think 4-7W is safe. With a LED night light
you also use much less power.
night light without buying a new one.
there is a chance to solve your problem without buying a new fixture.
There is such a thing that you can buy to turn your existing lamp into
a night light. It is called a night light control converter.
It really is a thing that senses the level of light. You can fix this
light sensor in between the bulb and the socket and it will turn your
light on at dusk and turn it off at night automatically.
on solving sleep problem with LED light
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