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My mother in law was coming to visit us a few weeks ago and we were getting things ready in our new cottage. She has recently had a hip replacement operation and is recovering very well but we wanted to make sure that the cottage was as safe as we could possibly make it for her.
One of the things we wanted to get was a night light of some sort as she usually gets up in the night to go to the toilet.
We looked at the ones available in B & Q and chose a Motion Detector LED Night Light by Masterplug. The pack contained 2 plug-in night lights and cost £9.98.
The lights come packed in a see through plastic package with a cardboard insert so that's all recycleable then.
Each one is about 11cm tall by about 7cm wide and 5cm deep with the actual light being circular and just over 5cm in diameter. The light is set towards the top of the Night Light unit with the motion detector underneath it and about 1.5cm in diameter. The whole thing is set on a white 3 pin plug.
I have to admit that, at this stage I was less than convinced about this, as I have tried this sort of thing in the past with very limited success.
Anyway we plugged one into the socket near the door of the guest room and as we don't have a socket on our very small landing we put the other one in the socket near the door of our bedroom just to see what it was like.
The device has three settings and the choice is made by moving a switch on the top from side to side.
You can leave the light permanently on which seems a bit wasteful to me but there you are!
You can set the light to come on at dusk and go back off at dawn - this was the mode that I thought wouldn't work too well as I have tried one in the past which was made by a different manufacturer and it just didn't work at all.
Finally you can set the light to come on when someone walks near the sensor and breaks the invisible beam.
We tried the lights and both worked when set to come on permanently so we knew that they were working OK. After discussion with my mother in law she had hers on the setting that meant it came on at dusk and went back off at dawn so she had a soft light all night and I have to say that it worked perfectly. OK technology has obviously moved on in the last few years then!
We set ours to come on if motion was detected. The two bedrooms in our cottage both have quite a step down onto the floor of the landing which also has a flight of steep stairs leading down to the ground floor so for safety's sake it is very important that we can see where we are going!
The light, when on, provides a 'soft amber glow' which is bright enough for you to see where you are going but not so bright that it disturbs anyone who is asleep.
My mother in law slept well even though her light remained on all night and hubby doesn't wake up when I get up to go to the toilet during the night and our light comes on.
The range of the sensor is reasonably wide. Our light is plugged into the socket near to the door which is a couple of feet beyond the end of the bed and sometimes when I flick the bedclothes a bit too hard it does make the light come on!
Generally though the night light is brilliant! I get out of bed and as I step towards the door it comes on giving me plenty of light to see where I am going but it is not too bright. The last thing you need in the middle of the night, when you are half asleep is a bright light!
The light then stays on for two minutes - this is a set time and is not adjustable - and then goes back off and all is in darkness again.
Incidentally the lights are for indoor use only as they are not weatherproof.
The writing on the back of the packaging tells you that the plugs have been made to comply with the relevant British Standards.
Although it does not say so on the packet the lights are guaranteed for five years. How do I know this fact? I read it on the website when checking the price for this review so it's indirectly thanks to Dooyoo that I now know my product has a guarantee!
All in all I would definitely recommend these lights - a bargain at the price!