Bathroom Night Light

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If you need to hit the bathroom in the middle of the night, the last thing you want to do is turn on that blinding light. But going to the bathroom in the dark has its own list of challenges. How bout a night light instead? Bathroom night lights give the room a soft glow, so you won't hurt your eyes, but can still see the toilet, preventing some nasty possibilities.

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Our Picks

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LED bathroom night light 

LED bathroom night light 

AmerTac

Illuminate your bathroom with this innovative night light. It’s got a front-facing frosted lens made from metal and an energy-efficient LED bulb that emits a warm 300k white light. It comes with a rocker switch, and you can easily rotate it whenever you need to access your outlet.

$18.73

Designer Advice:

Plug this into an unused outlet in your bathroom, and you’ll have a relaxing warm light to use for those midnight runs to the bathroom. Its compact size and simple design make it a versatile addition to any space, and it’s a great way to beautify unused plug outlets. Oh, and it’s available in three finishes - bronze, nickel, and white.

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Porcelain floral nightlight bathroom

Porcelain floral nightlight bathroom

Cosmos Gifts

Night lights don’t come prettier than this ceramic piece with a green and purple floral motif. It features a rocker switch and emits a soft yet bright light that looks like it’s beaming from the hand-painted flower.

$30.59

Designer Advice:

When it comes to the bathroom, more light is better, and this particular night light is a pretty addition to your constellation of bathroom light fixtures. Thanks to its floral design, you can get creative with its decor accessories. You can warm up the space with a wooden tub tray, while florals and greenery can set the mood seasonally.

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Himalayan salt night light 

Himalayan salt night light 

Ivy Bronx

Enjoy the good vibes and warm light from this unique bathroom night light. It’s made from a Himalayan salt rock believed to release negative ions into the air and encased in black metal for stability. It plugs right into the wall and has an incandescent light bulb.

$13.28 $19.99

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Metal and Banyan leaf night light 

Metal and Banyan leaf night light 

Eangee Home Design

Get creative with this plug-in cylindrical night light. It’s made from a solid metal frame with a fossilized hand-made Banyan leaf that draws the eye while emitting ambient light. This light also boasts a candelabra bulb base and a rocker switch.

$29.53 $32.2

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Rainbow light LED night light

Rainbow light LED night light

AmerTac

Add a little wow to your bathroom with this energy-efficient night light. It’s made from a plastic base with metal prongs through which rainbow-colored light emanates. It has a rocker switch with a convenient built-in LED light.

$12.99

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Metal seahorse night light 

Metal seahorse night light 

The Seashell Company

With a translucent seahorse silhouette that’s made from real sea shells, this night light is a nod to nautical style. It’s finished in blue, green, and red hues and comes with a convenient rocker switch.

$21.99 $23.99

Designer Advice:

This night light would look super cute in a coastal cottage bathroom or as an accent in a poolhouse dressing room. Play it up with complimentary items such as an abstract painting of the sunset or the ocean with textured brushstrokes. It could also provide a nice finishing touch to a beach-themed guest bathroom.

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Nautical seashell night light

Nautical seashell night light

The Seashell Company

Illuminate your bathroom with this aesthetic natural shell light with a smooth black and beige finish. It comes with an incandescent light bulb that’ll fill your bathroom with the most beautiful glow and features a rocker switch for ease of use.

$20.22 $22.99

Designer Advice:

Although this natural shell light is a shoo-in for a beach-themed bathroom, it’s a versatile accent piece that you can use to add interest to any space. You can create a relaxing ambiance in a spa room with beige and white tiles and fixtures. What’s more, this ambient light is gentle on the eyes, allowing you to control the light output.

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Relaxing satin nickel night light

Relaxing satin nickel night light

AmerTac

This LED light fixture is a great night light for bathroom decor as it comes with a front-facing frosted lens that diffuses the light evenly to where you need it. The 300k white light emits a warm, soft glow; all you have to do is plug it into the wall. 

$14.9

Designer Advice:

The best lighting for the bath is even diffused light that mimics natural daylight, and that’s exactly what you get with this night light. It makes it easier to see what you’re doing without hurting your eyes, and it’s great for overall room illumination. The frosted lens look makes it ideal for a modern, contemporary or shabby chic space.

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Buying Guide

Motion sensor bathroom night lights are designed to work between dusk and dawn. For daytime illumination, you need to purchase sensor night lights that allow an adjustment to specify working all day.

Night lights most often use photocells to power the light on and off. Photocells are responsible for detecting natural light and switching light capability on just after the sun sets. When combined with motion detectors, the light does not automatically come on at dusk. Instead, a motion will trigger the light to come on, and it will stay lit, usually between 60-90 seconds.

Motion sensor night lights with adjustable features allow you to set the amount of time they stay on when motion is detected. This can range anywhere from five seconds to ten minutes. You can also adjust the timing to allow the motion sensors to work throughout the day in many models. As a result, lights will come on in your bathroom any time during the day or night, perfect for dimly lit bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements.

Bathroom night lights are generally safe as long as the manufacturer’s guidelines and instructions are followed. You can also take precautions to ensure a higher level of safety both before installing and during their use.

Review all instructions for use provided by the manufacturer. Follow these instructions carefully and consider any warnings provided. Also, avoid using a bathroom night light that appears damaged even if it’s new.

Place your bathroom night light in a dry location. Most night lights are not designed to be watertight, so they won’t do well in overly damp bathrooms. Always select standard electrical outlets to plug a bathroom night light into.

Check your night lights regularly and look for any burn marks on the plug or socket. Notice if it is overly hot or makes a crackling or buzzing sound. If so, consider replacing it.

LED bathroom night lights can last for up to 10 years. Conversely, a night light that uses an incandescent bulb won’t perform as well as its LED counterpart.

Needless to say, the price will also determine its durability. Cheaper models have a shorter endurance than upscale night lights, are very hot to the touch, and will need a frequent replacement which will cost you more money over time. To avoid replacing your night light every 3 months, consider investing in a high-quality design that’s safe and efficient.

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