It’s a bit embarrassing when friends come over and ask me why I have night lights everywhere. When I was a child, I had lights at night because I was afraid of the dark. As an adult, I have them so I can pee late at night without turning on a light, or deal with that same sobering light if I come home late a little drunk. Perhaps being afraid of the dark is a less embarrassing reason.
You may have seen them at a friend’s house in a hallway, bathroom, or bedroom, and they may look pretty advanced with their delicate glow and automatic adjustment to natural light, but don’t be fooled, these are nightlights. It doesn’t matter if they are called aisle lights or light boxes. They’re just the adult version of something childish, like those fancy cupcake shops.
This is not to disparage the usefulness of night lights for both children and adults. The dark is very scary, even if you are an adult with a mortgage. That’s where the monsters reside and the sharp edges and the things you can stub your toe on. And for those times when you need to pee late at night without fully waking up, or when you get home at two in the morning and don’t want 60 watts blaring mood-killing in your eyes, the night lights get it.
Caring night lights
Casper Glow Night-Light is there for you with a motion sensor that gradually increases non-blinding light when it detects motion from afar, then dims when you return to bed. Fortunately, he doesn’t realize how many times you went to the bathroom in the middle of the night and made passive-aggressive comments like, “Go again, huh?”
These MAZ-TEK night lights let you adjust the brightness to whatever neurotic level you want, and Maxxima offers lights that feature a rotating head, so you can move them away from your precious eyes and toward the part of the room you want to illuminate. like the bathroom. You definitely don’t want to go the next morning and realize you missed out.
so many stars
If I didn’t care about electric bills and money, I’d probably put a night sky projector like Sega Toys’ Homestar Flux in every room of my house and leave it on all night, because I’ve always wanted to live in a planetarium. I guess technically I already do, it’s called Earth, but you know what I mean.
Devices like this and the LaView Star Projector can shoot thousands of HD stars all over my non-HD ceiling that needs to be repainted. They can even teach you about space if you don’t mind learning things late at night. I have a strict “no learning after 10pm” policy.
So if you feel like it, go crazy for night lights as an adult. They can help handle a lot of late night issues and modern ones make you feel like you’re living in Bounty hunter.