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Help me find a Nice, Warm, Night Light

Night Lights. You know, those little lights you plug into an outlet so people can see down long dark hallways and not trip over stuff. Once upon a time, they used nice incandescent bulbs that were easy on the eyes. Well, I haven’t needed anything like that in decades. Now, shopping for these things runs me into the same sorts of problems that I found with mass market LED flashlights. I see harsh tints, noticeable flicker, and blue. Yes, blue light for night lights. Are these people nuts?

So please help me find some nice, warm, gentle, flicker-free LED night lights for kids and overnight guests to navigate my new place. Some regular 2700K light would be fine. Warmer is okay. Even a pure red could work.

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Not that these are the greatest or super warm CCT, but they are what I’ve used and are decent. I’ve swapped out the emitter for an optisolis 2700K as well in one of them.

https://www.amazon.com/GE-Light-Sensing-Night-Rotation/dp/B000089DCL#ace...

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What I’ve done
is a coupla adaptorsplugged into wall sockets in out of way spots.

Then clear ally wiring and wall coloured tape.
Run wire up/along walls to one end of LED strips 2/3/5 + mtr strips. (some joined)
Through a small dimmer sw along headboards of kids/our beds.
Along Skirtboards of hall/Stairs.Kitchen.
around ceiling walls in lounge and garags./tut.
You can have colours to suit self/kids. even missus.
All up, over coupla months spare time. around $150AUD.
Yours could be part thereof. depending on what you do.
But they good.
Top of Bathroom mirror in 4500k is VERY natural for missus.

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I’ve been super impressed by Ikea’s one. Warm, bright, light sensor, cheap, solidly made.

https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/p/moerkraedd-led-nightlight-with-sensor-white...

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I plugged a warm white dimmable USB chip style light into an old USB charger and left it in the bathroom. For reasons I don’t quite understand, my parents liked it so much they asked me for one.

I like the Maxxima MLN-50RWB, which has something for almost everyone – red, white and blue light. I like red but for reasons I don’t understand some guests greatly prefer blue. I’d say the white is neutral white.
https://www.maxximastyle.com/electrical/led-night-lights/led-multi-color...

It looks like they also make an amber night version and a different model also in amber. I haven’t tried those:
https://www.maxximastyle.com/electrical/led-night-lights/amber-led-night...
https://www.maxximastyle.com/amber-led-night-light-with-dusk-to-dawn-sen...

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Tungsten filament incandescent lamps are Warm white LEDs made to have spectrum, and are yellow-white

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Thanks for the responses so far.

The “dusk to dawn” light sensing feature is cool but I’d prefer a manual switch. It can have both so long as the switch overrides the automatic feature. There are cases when it gets dim or dark but I won’t need them on.

I love that JaredM put a quality emitter in a night light. (I have limited technical skill.) My all-time favorite low-light flashlight is the original Sofirn C-01 with 3200K Yuji. A plug-in version of that, maybe a lumen or two lower, would be ideal.

So keep the recommendations coming. I’ll be hunting around too. Thanks again!

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Where you based? Lots of options on Amazon, for example this I have one in a neutral white that’s ok, quite bright though. I though it was warm white when ordering, may look into swapping out the leds but I digress… Anyway, the warm white may not be quite as bright.

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Almost all LED nightlights will have that characteristic 120Hz flicker (or worse, 60Hz), unless you pay enough to get one where the mfr cares enough to filter the current to make it flicker-free. Read, $$$.

Best to just get a nightlight that takes hotwire bulbs and be done with it.

 

Different idea… grab a set of WW “fairy lights” and run ‘em down the length of the hallway. They come in AA-powered or USB. Small USB adapter will power the usb ones and give you DC powering the LEDs, not 60Hz AC.

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I bought a 2 pack of Meridian hallway night lights more than 4 years ago and they're still going well.

When I open the blinds in the morning they turn off.

The LED is 0.5W SMD 2835 with a luminous flux of 3.0

never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups

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I like these a lot, and they’‘ve been quite popular with friends and family.

4xAA, and they last tolerably long with Eneloops.

Tucked under the bed, they light up the floor nicely in a dark bedroom.

Set on or under a counter, they light the bathroom quite usably.

https://www.mrbeams.com/mr-beams-amber-stand-anywhere-light-mb750a

There are also 110v nightlights commonly available at Ace Hardware stores that work fine.

And ‘oogled: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=110v+amber+night. and page through viewing images, lots out there


http://yumdistrict.com/2-pack-0-5w-plug-in-led-night-light-with-dusk-to-.... (I know nothing about this, just noting as typical)

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Lightbringer wrote:
Almost all LED nightlights will have that characteristic 120Hz flicker (or worse, 60Hz), unless you pay enough to get one where the mfr cares enough to filter the current to make it flicker-free. Read, $$$.

Best to just get a nightlight that takes hotwire bulbs and be done with it.

Relatively speaking, how much is $$$? Something I like about LED lighting is that it lasts. I’m a big fan of “one and done” so I might be open to a slightly more expensive option.

Forgive my ignorance but is a “hotwire bulb” just an incandescent? I had night lights with screw-in bulbs back in the day. Something like that with a good LED bulb could work. I’m open to recommendations.

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Just get a Skilhunt H04RC from Clemence modded with the E21A 2000K. It has the lowest blue light content of any LED Ive tested. Should last many months on a charge 24hrs a day on moonlight.

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SKV89 wrote:
E21A 2000K
I like that LED too.

Chronovore wrote:
My all-time favorite low-light flashlight is the original Sofirn C-01
for reference
that is a 3200k High CRI LED that produces about 6 lumens
I found it too bright for my bathroom light.
I do love the warm mellow color temperature:

I have no experience with plug in nightlights,
in my bathroom there is a Manker E02 w 4000k 219c, set to 0.2 lumens output, but I do not leave it on 24/7

IF I wanted a plugged in, constant on, nightlight, I would choose an incandescent, because I prefer the glowing hot wire spectrum over LEDs

"High CRI lights for sale":http://budgetlightforum.com/node/72660

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https://www.amazon.com/LimeLite-Night-Light/dp/B004HE37DM

we have used these for over 20 years.
green (lime) and dim.

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Chronovore wrote:
Relatively speaking, how much is $$$? Something I like about LED lighting is that it lasts. I’m a big fan of “one and done” so I might be open to a slightly more expensive option.

Unno, never saw it done in cheap LED bulbs. Maybe that Bedtime Bulb in another thread…

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Forgive my ignorance but is a “hotwire bulb” just an incandescent? I had night lights with screw-in bulbs back in the day. Something like that with a good LED bulb could work. I’m open to recommendations.

Yeh.

And that’s back to the same problem. LED bulbs are like LED Christmas lights, ie, no filtering, just nasty pulsed 120Hz (or worse, 60Hz) lighting.

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Fwiw, I got (won) a set of these https://www.amazon.com/product/dp/B01M70P9SG which I quite like.

But they’re also pulsed AC vs filtered DC.

You could spend more on a stinky little 10µF filtering cap than for a half-dozen LEDs.

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LimeLite Night Light

I used to have half a dozen of those. Eventually they all got spotty and faded and became useless. I dunno why.

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Lightbringer wrote:
… And that’s back to the same problem. LED bulbs are like LED Christmas lights, ie, no filtering, just nasty pulsed 120Hz (or worse, 60Hz) lighting.

Hang on. I need another remedial moment.

Most of my LED experience is with flashlights. There, I really hate noticeable PWM. I’ve literally tried two kinds of LED light bulb. One had a soul-crushing flicker on par with the worst PWM. The other seemed okay but I moved out a few days after I installed it. Will all LED light bulbs flicker with the alternating current? If so, what’s the fix?
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Unless a LED bulb is advertised as being “flicker-free”, assume it’s got a nasty 120Hz flicker of about a 5% or less duty-cycle.

No fix. Might not run on DC, can’t really crack one open to add diodes/caps/etc.

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Chronovore wrote:
Thanks for the responses so far.

The “dusk to dawn” light sensing feature is cool but I’d prefer a manual switch. It can have both so long as the switch overrides the automatic feature. There are cases when it gets dim or dark but I won’t need them on.

I love that JaredM put a quality emitter in a night light. (I have limited technical skill.) My all-time favorite low-light flashlight is the original Sofirn C-01 with 3200K Yuji. A plug-in version of that, maybe a lumen or two lower, would be ideal.

So keep the recommendations coming. I’ll be hunting around too. Thanks again!

I did an extensive search in 2015 and settled on this gem:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VF9POY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin...

It has a dusk-dawn sensor AND a motion sensor. So the bathroom is dark unless someone walks in. You then have 60 seconds to sit still before it will shut back off. It is flicker-free and 2700K too. Oh, and they cost me $8 each Big Smile

5 years old and still loved Big Smile

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Maybe I’ll get the joke when I am older. Right now I look at it and wonder why he’s waiting for something to happen Silly

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He’s sitting on the bowl, motionless. Motion-sensing light turns off after a while, and he’s gotta wave around to light it up again. (Sometimes you just got time to kill.)

I worked in a place where my office had one of those. I was shielded from the sensor by the monitor, and yeah, unless I’d remember to “wave” every 5min or so, it’d shut the lights off on me.

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But how could a poop possibly take longer than 20 seconds? Silly

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Reading, crossword puzzles, etc. By the time you’re finished, it’s time for round 2. LOL

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I guess bathrooms bore the crap out of me in record time LOL

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Joshk wrote:
But how could a poop possibly take longer than 20 seconds? Silly

Young people…

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I picked up one of these from Walmart awhile back: https://www.amazon.com/GE-38628-Designer-Farmhouse-Entryway/dp/B07C57YLPR

2200K. Equivalent to the old 7 watt incandescent night lights in brightness and color temperature. For a nightlight, it’s very bright. No idea which emitter they’re using.