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What are a Dawn-To-Dusk LED Night Lights?
They are nightlights that have inbuilt sensors to detect the amount of light in the immediate surroundings and when plugged into a live electrical socket, will automatically light up at dusk, just before it is too dark to be able see and will automatically switch off at dawn or when another light is switched on.
The reasons for my purchases
Any pet owner will know, that our four legged bundles of fur given carte blanche, will wander around the house, upstairs, downstairs basements wherever. It was for this very reason that I bought a second plug-in night light; the one I am reviewing today.
I first bought a plug in light with sensor, about a decade ago so that it would turn on automatically as soon as daylight began to fade in the winter months, for two reasons. Firstly, the hallway would be lit if I arrived home after dark and secondly that my dogs would not be left in the dark should I not, on the rare occasion, return before dusk.
Why not leave a light switched on before going out? You might ask. The answer is simply that leaving lights on in daylight, is a sure indication that the house was empty and although burning 25watts of energy for an hour or so, wouldn't break the bank, a 7W bulb would be more economical.
I have several of these dotted about the house, plugged into remote control sockets, which in turn are plugged into the mains. The first one I bought, which powered a 7-Watt bulb, came into its own when one of my dogs was poorly and I had to sleep downstairs with him and be ready to move at a moment's noticed without scrabbling for a torch or light, when needed.
The one I am reviewing today is the Dusk to Dawn LED Night Light, that I purchased two months ago because one of my dogs, for some strange reason, starts the night by sleeping in his own bed downstairs. Then at about 1am decides he would prefer to be upstairs and would whinge at the bottom to remind me that I had switched off the light and that he could not see his way. To ignore his plea is pure folly and would result in a sleepless night.
Determined that I was not going to be disturbed and have to switch on lights, installed one of these little plug-in LED night-lights, plugging it firstly into a remote plug, which then plugs into the mains.
The idea of this is that I can turn the light off without getting out of bed, if I am awake. Rather than leaving it on once he has arrived upstairs at some unearthly hour in the morning.
The Dusk to dawn LED Night Light.
As can be seen from the picture, this is a dinky little, teardrop shaped night light, 9cms in length, weighing 61g with LEDs as opposed to ordinary bulbs. It is made of a cream coloured plastic with a white, opaque section covering the LED bulbs. Its sensor is situated just below the opaque cover. The energy used is a mere 2.5Watts, so even if left on from dusk to dawn, will not make any significant dent in electricity bills. Incidentally, I have another model that uses only 0.6Watts of energy.
I paid £3.99 for mine; I don't think there is much variation in price online, although there are a lot of different designs to choose from, all employing the same principle of sensor control.
There is no doubt in my mind that this type of night light has been a godsend for me. I rarely lose any sleep these days because of my dog's nocturnal wanderings.
I also find these lights very useful in the kitchen in the evenings, after dark. The strip lighting in my kitchen is 100Watts, so when I go to make a cup of coffee, instead of switching on the strip light, I can work quite safely with the night-light.
The light is not bright enough to read by without causing eye strain, but gives a nice soft glow, which allows one to get about without bumping into objects.
I can imagine this type of light would be ideal for the elderly who may need to get up during the night. If left on all night it would only cost a fraction of a penny per day, and even more importantly, it is safe...and also for toddlers who might wander at night.