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I'd been on the lookout for a night light for our landing for a while when lo and behold, this little gem appeared on the Amazon Black Friday Deals for (if I remember rightly) less than a fiver. I snapped it up quickly, and now my only regret is that I didn't buy more than one!
~~~It's Low Energy!~~~
I always try to be eco-concious so I love that this little light can be left on 24/7 for less than 1p a week...and it invariably is left on 24/7 as I rarely remember to turn it off during the day. Apparently it uses NASA space technology that was developed to light up cockpit panels in space shuttles - if it's good enough for NASA then I think it will do the job to get us to the toilet without any mishaps!!
~~~It gives off enough light to get you there, without blinding you with brightness!~~~
Unlike the image above, my Ecozone light gives off a blue glow rather than a green one. In my opinion the amount of light it gives off is perfect - it really is a glow that travels rather than a pin pointed light that still leaves shadowy corners. As I said we use this on our landing. We sleep with our bedroom door shut, and the light certainly doesn't dazzle me when I open the door bleary eyed in the middle of the night. But it gives off enough light to light up our small landing, allowing me to avoid all the toys I didn't bother to pick up the night before! Although I haven't used it for this purpose I am sure the light given off would be adequate for dealing with night times feeds/nappy changes whilst keeping a late night atmosphere for all involved!
~~~It's slimline and stylish~~~
The Ecozone light is extremely slimline, protuding from the socket by less than 1cm so there's no danger of catching your legs on it as you walk past. This also means there is very little for tiny hands to grab onto if you have a little one who thinks unplugging things is the greatest game in the world! It also stays cool to touch so it is perfect for using in a child's bedroom.
I think this nightlight ticks all the boxes, it looks good, it's eco friendly and the glow it gives off is ideal for it's purpose. Whilst £10.99 might seem a little pricey, I think you have to consider how many cheaper nightlights you might buy before you decide to go for this one because they're rubbish!
My husband and I decided that, with a baby on the way, it was time to think about getting some kind of nightlight for our room, with the primary aim of creating some low level lighting which would allow us to be able to check on the baby, feed and change and whatever else needs doing during the night, when we don't really want to turn on the main light.
Now, we had been told before that running a nightlight can be costly, and so when I spotted this Ecozone Moonlight Nightlight for just under £9 on amazon, with claims of only having running costs of less than 1p a week, I felt this might be the nightlight for us.
The Ecozone moonlight is classified as an energy saviing nightlight, which requires no bulb, and instead is plugged into the electric socket, takiing its power from there. I also liked, from the image on amazon, the idea that it was slim line, and therefore not stick out of the plug socket. As can be seen from the picture above this nightlight gives off a green light, which may not be to everyone's taste, but neither of us have a problem with it. It also claims to be cool to the touch, which I have to say, we have found to be true, despite it being on for long periods of time. This is a reassuring factor for the years to come, when we wouldn't want a child touching a very hot nightlight.
In terms of the enery saving aspect of this nightlight, as I mentioned it claims to run on less than 1p per week, however this is when it used continuously without being turned off. Other stats are quoted with the product claiming that this particular nightlight only uses 2.3kwh per year compared with a standard 7w nightlight bulb which uses aroudn 61kwh. Now, I'm not too hot on energy measurements but you really can't get away from noticing that that is quite a substantial difference in terms of the enery this nightlight uses in comparison to the standard variety.
The manufacturers also claim that since the design of the nightlight is so slimline that it is perfect for travel as well, so you can plug it in whislt away on holiday as well. Of course, this nightlight doesn't have to only be used in bedrooms, and instead can be used in and around the house such as along hallwalls to create that low level lighting affect allowing you to see where you are going without banging into things.
The product comes with a 3 year guarantee which is qutie reassuring given that it conly cost less than £9.
As I said at the beginning of the review we got this product about 3 weeks ago with the intention of using it when our new baby arrives during the summer months, however we have had it plugged in, in our room since getting it for two reasons. Firstly we wanted to get used to having a nightlight on in otherwise dark room, and secondly with me getting to the end of my pregnancy, regular night trips to the toilet can result in me knocking into things or a potential stubbed toe and therefore that is why we have kept it on since we got it, and I have to say that we have been very very pleased with it. Initially it took us a while to get used to the rather alien like green light that is emitted from it, but after it was on for a night, we got used to it, and it certainly provides just the right amount of lighting which doesn't disturb your sleep, but allows me to get up to the toilet without potential risk in the dark. I think this will also work perfectly for when the baby arrives and will allow it to be fed and checked during the night without any need for the main bedroom light to go on.
Obviously we haven't seen our electric bill yet to see if there has been any difference in that regards, but given that all the other claims that the product made have held up, I would be hopeful and confident that the claim in regards to energy saving will be truthful as well - thus making it a very reasonably priced nightlight with great potential electricity savings!
I HAVE A SECRET TO TELL
For those who have children with resident closet-monsters, or simply want to avoid the toe-stubbing pain of negotiating the midnight visit to the little room, a night-light is an essential and useful accessory. We have been through a variety of them in the past, with varying degrees of success. Most were the plug-in variety with changeable light bulbs and themed covers, but they often did not last very long, protruded too far from the wall, or didn't give off the right amount of light (too bright or too dim). Another issue was the fact that they tended to remain on all night (and usually all day by default) slowly helping to tick up an ever increasing energy bill.
FROM MY ELECTRICAL WELL
As such, I was most intrigued to discover the "Moonlight" from Ecozone, the same folks who developed Ecoballs and Magnoloo (www.ecozone.com). It was different to anything else I had seen before, and, true to its name, it boasted impressive eco-credentials and the promise of significant energy savings (we usually have three night-lights on at any given time). What makes this product different is that instead of a conventional bulb, it uses an LED panel that never needs to be replaced. The product is based on technology developed by NASA to light-up cockpit panels, hence its on-packaging claim of "space age technology".
IT'S A SIMPLE MESSAGE
The Moonlight emits a soft, greenish glow that paradoxically manages to be fairly bright but diffused enough not to penetrate your eyelids when you close your eyes. That makes it very practical for kid's bedrooms, hallways, or anywhere else that needs to be lighted discretely at night. Its only limitation is that it can't be used in potentially wet or humid areas (i.e. outdoors or in bathrooms). It is extremely energy efficient, with the manufacturer claiming it will cost between 0.5p and 1p a day (depending on your electricity tariff) - a rate of around 2.3 Kilowatt hours per year. By comparison, a standard 7 Watt night-light runs at 61 Kilowatts hours per year. That makes for some impressive looking maths.
AND I'M LEAVING OUT
The panel itself is modern-looking and very thin - about the thickness of an iPhone - and does not extrude much, blending in well with standard white socket plates. The other advantage is that the LE panel is cool to the touch, and doesn't emit heat that can burn inquisitive little hands like standard bulbs can. Given how slim and durable it is (i.e. no bulb to break) it can be easily packed for travelling and has proved a godsend to us in hotel rooms while taking the little ones on holiday. We currently have our infant son in our room and use the Moonlight to do nappy changes and feeds at night without having to fumble in the dark or turn any of the main lights on.
THE WHISTLES & BELLS*
At around £9-10 (currently available from a variety of on-line outlets such as Amazon and Ocado, and on the High Street at Lakeland) it is not exactly cheap, but it will pay for itself in the long-run. Ecozone, who are a UK based business founded in 1997 - are confident enough in their product to offer a 3 year guarantee - they replace it free during that period if it fails for any reason (provided it has not been damaged or misused). From their literature, the product is clearly intended to be usable 24 hours a day for the full three year period. We have now used our first two for over a year, and ordered a third in March. The product is very useful, durable and has given us hassle-free service so far.
© Hishyeness 2011 (*with a tip of the hat to TMBG for the paragraph headings)