My near 3 year old needs a night light. And he likes it bright. So we’ve been using an old school incandescent one but when it burnt out the other day I was determined to get a more energy efficient type. I had no idea whether there was one… I figured I’d be able to find something with a CFL, but I thought it would be ideal if I could find an LED night light. Why LED? Here’s a short list of benefits according to eartheasy.com:
- Long-lasting – LED bulbs last 10 times as long as compact fluorescents, and 133 times longer than typical incandescents.
- Durable – Since LEDs do not have a filament, they are not damaged under circumstances when a regular incandescent bulb would be broken. Because they are solid, LED bulbs hold up well to jarring and bumping.
- Cool – these bulbs do not cause heat build-up; LEDs produce 3.4 btu’s/hour, compared to 85 for incandescent bulbs.
- Energy-saving – LEDs use a fraction of the wattage of incandescent bulbs. Batteries will last 10 to 15 times longer than with incandescent bulbs. Also, because these bulbs last for years, energy is saved in maintenance and replacement costs. Many cities in the US are replacing their incandescent traffic lights with LED arrays because the electricity costs can be reduced by 80% or more.
- Light for remote areas – because of the low power requirement for LEDs, using solar panels becomes more practical and less expensive than running an electric line or using a generator for lighting.
I was up at Grassroots and happened to find exactly what I was looking for! I picked up two (they were in packs of two) Greenlite X Nite Lite LED 100,000 hour with automatic sensor (they turn off when the lights are on or there’s enough daylight in the room) night lights. They come with a lifetime guarantee – if it fails, you just send it back and they’ll send you a replacement. And, as a bonus, I just found out that they’re a Canadian company. Excellent.