The Best Night light

Posted on 30 May 2022

After 15 hours of research among 23 currently popular models and the test of 10 of them, it is the Penguin from Tommee Tippee that convinced us the most for its price-quality ratio. 

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Our choice, Best mid-range

Tommee Tippee Penguin Night light

Both fixed (the penguin) and movable (the egg you can take everywhere), the price-quality ratio of this soft silicone night light, powered by a rechargeable battery, convinced us.

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Tommee Tippee veilleuse pingouin

Simple at first glance, this night light hides its game well. It is organised around 2 elements: the penguin, fixed, to be plugged into the mains, and its egg, portable, which is recharged by touching the base. Once charged, it has a battery life of 10 hours. During our tests, this is the element that the children preferred: made of soft silicone, its light intensity is adjustable on 3 levels and its small size fits in the hand. They found it useful both for falling asleep and for going to the bathroom at night. We only regret that the charging cable only has a USB port and not a mains adapter, which would have been more practical in a child’s bedroom.

 

 

Best budget

Babymoov Mural Night light

Simple and economical, this night light plugs directly into a socket and has an on/off button. It is ideal for reducing the darkness in a very dark room.

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Babymoov veilleuse murale

The disadvantage of this low-priced night light is that it is fixed and dependent on the location of a socket; however it does have several advantages. First of all, we found it very practical that the plug can be rotated by 90° to fit any wall socket. Secondly, we liked the fact that we could adjust the light intensity depending on the location of the night light: in a bedroom, the minimum intensity was sufficient to reduce the darkness, while in the corridor to the bathroom, the higher intensity was more effective. Lastly, the on/off button allows you to reduce power consumption during the day, while leaving it plugged in. All in all, we find the price-performance ratio very attractive.

 

Best high-end

Cloud B Tranquil’ Turtle

This pretty sleeping turtle diffuses a bluish light, fixed or undulating, to which can be added a soft melody or the soothing sound of the waves. This underwater atmosphere fades out after about twenty minutes.

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Cloud B Tranquil Turtle

This night light was a real favourite among all the products tested. The light projection and the sound of the waves create a very soothing underwater atmosphere. During our tests, we found it very easy to use, both by an adult and a child: 5 buttons are used to switch on the turtle, alternate between the sound of the waves and a marine melody, make the projection fixed or moving and adjust the volume (on six levels). The automatic shutdown is ideal for conserving battery life and it is even possible to adjust the light intensity. However, the plastic of the shell can make it uncomfortable when placed in bed and the real drawback is, in our opinion, that it is battery powered rather than rechargeable.

 

Mid-range alternative

Pabobo veilleuse portable

It only took us a few hours of testing to understand the popularity of this night light. Plugged into a wall socket, it acts as a fixed night light. But once it is removed from the socket, it becomes a mobile version: you simply place it in its case to secure it. The size of the case is perfect for a small child’s hand, but could also be placed on a bedside table. Moreover, there is no on/off button, which makes it ultra simple to use: it works with a light sensor that optimises its performance so that it does not stay on unnecessarily. In short, it’s practical and simple. However, without the possibility of adjusting the light intensity, it falls into second place.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best mid-rangeBest budgetBest high-endMid-range alternative
Tommee Tippee veilleuse pingouinBabymoov veilleuse muraleCloud B Tranquil TurtlePabobo veilleuse portable
Tommee Tippee veilleuse pingouinBabymoov veilleuse muraleCloud B Tranquil’ TurtlePabobo veilleuse portable
Both fixed (the penguin) and movable (the egg you can take everywhere), the price-quality ratio of this soft silicone night light, powered by a rechargeable battery, convinced us.Simple and economical, this night light plugs directly into a socket and has an on/off button. It is ideal for reducing the darkness in a very dark room.This pretty sleeping turtle diffuses a bluish light, fixed or undulating, to which can be added a soft melody or the soothing sound of the waves. This underwater atmosphere fades out after about twenty minutes.Simple but effective, this 2-in-1 night light can be used on the mains and can also be recharged to last up to 70 hours in movable mode, slipped into its small secure case.
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Honorable mentions 

Babymoov Squeezie (£21.24 upon publication): a little complicated to use for a child. This little soft silicone mushroom lights up when pressed and shuts down in the same way. Rechargeable via USB cable, it has a 30 minute auto shut-off timer and a good 200 hours of battery life. However, we found little difference between the two light levels and during our tests, the children sometimes had difficulty switching the night light on and off themselves. They quickly abandoned it in favour of one that was more practical to use.

Pabobo Star projector (£24.36 upon publication): efficient, but battery-intensive. This night light projects a beautiful starry sky on the ceiling, with colours that fade in and out and a melody that can be set to two levels of intensity. The music stops automatically after 15 minutes, while the light lasts for another 7 minutes. While we liked all of its features during our tests, the drawback is that it is battery-powered, especially as it uses a lot of batteries. This can still be solved by using rechargeable batteries.

Kid Sleep (£49.98 upon publication): a mixture between night light and alarm clock. A model that we have been testing for several years, its aim is to teach children from the age of 2 the notion of day and night and to respect a predetermined time of getting up. Depending on your settings, either the playing or the sleeping rabbit is switched on, thus indicating to children who cannot read the time whether it is time to get out of bed or not. It is also possible to leave only the sleeping rabbit on and use it as a simple night light, making it very versatile.

 

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How to choose your night light?

Many children go through a phase of fear of the dark or recurring nightmares. There is nothing like a pretty night light to decorate their room to reassure them! With an incredible variety of models on the market, it can be difficult to choose the best one for your child’s needs.

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There’s nothing like a pretty night light to decorate your children’s room to reassure them! | Source: Selectos

We will guide you through the complexities of buying THE perfect night light.

The most important basic aspects to consider are:

  • Brightness: natural white light is ideal. Red and orange tones are often conducive to sleep, while blue light is more stimulating and sometimes even a little controversial. The light should not be too strong and risk disturbing the child’s sleep. It is therefore ideal to be able to adjust it to different intensities.
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The light should not be too strong and risk disturbing the child’s sleep. | Source: Selectos
  • Power supply: mains powered night lights are more likely to have a long life, but are also less practical as they are fixed and dependent on a wall socket. The advantage of battery-operated models is that they are mobile and do not depend on electrical connections in the room. If possible, choose models that can be recharged via a USB cable, as they are more environmentally friendly than those that require batteries (if necessary, choose rechargeable ones).
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Battery-operated models have the advantage that they are not dependent on electrical connections. | Source: Selectos

With this in mind, current models tend to offer many additional features:

  • Sounds and music: many models have a music mode with various lullabies and songs, which many children enjoy. Ideally, you should find a model where the light and sound can be used independently of each other, and where the volume of the latter is adjustable. If your child has real difficulties falling asleep or cannot get a good, peaceful night’s sleep, an interesting option is the white noise plush.

The Cloud B Tranquil’ Turtle night light’s soundtrack:

 

Music from the Cloud B Tranquil’ Turtle night light:

 

  • Light projection: as the name suggests, this function allows an image to be projected on the wall or ceiling of the room, which generally has the advantage of calming children who have difficulty closing their eyes. Depending on the configuration of the room (height of the ceiling, distance between the walls), the result will be more or less successful.
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Some models can project a picture on the wall to soothe the child. | Source: Selectos
  • Timer: very practical, it gives the night light the possibility to switch off automatically after several minutes of use. The child falls asleep accompanied, and then enjoys a restful sleep in silence and darkness. The timer also saves batteries if the night light is no longer needed after the child has fallen asleep.
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You can set a timer so that the night light can accompany your child during sleep. | Source: Selectos
  • Noise sensor: this allows the night light to automatically switch on again if your little one wakes up during the night. This often helps him to fall back to sleep on his own, without you having to get up. Practical!

 

How do we test?

To carry out this test, we used each night light for several nights. We were able to evaluate the brightness of the lights (adjustable or not on several intensities), as well as the visual and sound effects for those that offered them. Their battery life as well as their power supply were also observed.

During the various manipulations, we collected the impressions of two apprentice testers, aged 3 and 5, to evaluate the effectiveness and practicality of the night lights in children’s hands. The aim was, in particular, to see if they could easily turn it back on by themselves if they woke up at night.

 

Other tested night lights 

Pabobo Shakies (£14.74 upon publication): too little light. Although this night light was very attractive at first sight thanks to its cute little plush appearance, we were quickly disappointed by its low brightness. The shaking on/off system also proved to be sensitive to the slightest movement in the bed. Lastly, the CR2032 flat battery system is inconvenient to replace. In short, the principle was more interesting on paper than in reality.

 

Translated by Aylin Akturk 

 

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