20 Best Plug In Night Lights (2021)

by Joey Peng | Date: March 22, 2020

Best Plug in Night Lights

Night lights are common in our home, we can feel more secure with a light on provides. Especially for children or adults who find it hard to sleep in completely dark rooms, night lights can relieve their fear of the dark and help them sleep better.

Nightlights come in a great diversity of shapes and sizes, such as portable night lights, plug-in night lights, etc. Among all the night light series, the wall plug in night lights are the most widely applied.

In this article, we have analyzed and collected some of the best plug in night lights on the market. Our picks are based on verified customers and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and our knowledge in the LED industry.

Whether you need one for baby’s nursery or for decoration of your home, you will get one that really suits your demand and taste – as well as your existing home décor.

Don’t have time to read the full post? No worries, here’s the roundup of best Plug In Night Lights:

20 Best Plug In Night lights Round-up

1. LED Plug In Night Light - PenglightBrightness Adjustable Night Light - Penglight3. RGB Color Changeable Night Lamp - Penglight4. Motion Activated Plug-in Night Lights - Penglight5. Himalayan Salt Lamp - Penglight6. Glare Free Plug In Night Light - Penglight7. 360° Rotatable Night Light - Penglight8. GE Brushed Nickel Dusk to Dawn Night Light - Penglight9. USB Wall Charger Night Light - Penglight10. Super Bright Night Light - Penglight11. Round Sleeping Light - Penglight12. Flower Night Light On Wall - Penglight13. Cute Cloud Night Light for Kids - Penglight14. Red Plug in Night Lights for Bedroom - Penglight15. Sleep Aid Red LED Night Light - Penglight16. Manual OnOff Plug-in Night Light - Penglight17. Plug In Night Light Projector - Penglight18. Disney Plug in Night Light for Children - Penglight19. Rainbow Night Light for Baby - Penglight20. Color Changing Plug in Night Lights - Penglight
1. LED Plug In Night Lights2. Brightness Adjustable Night Light3. RGB Color Changeable Night Lamp4. Motion Activated Plug-in Night Lights5. Himalayan Salt Lamp6. Glare Free Plug In Night Light7. 360° Rotatable Night Light8. GE Brushed Dusk to Dawn Night Light9. USB Wall Charger Night Light10. Super Bright Night Light11. Round Sleeping Light12. Flower Night Light On Wall13. Cute Cloud Night Light for Kids14. Red Plug in Night Lights for Bedroom15. Sleep Aid Red LED Night Light16. Manual On/Off Plug-in Night Light17. Plug In LED Night Light Projector18. Disney Plug in Night Light for Children19. Rainbow Night Light for Baby20. Color Changing Plug in Night Lights
*Compact design
*Built-in sensor
*6pcs/peck
*Economical and practical
*Brightness Adjustable
*Exquisite Design
*Built-in Sensor
*Warm/Cool White
*RGB Color Changeable (8 colors)
*Best for Baby room, Kid’s room, bedroom
*Good for sleeping
*Motion Activated
*Bright enough, up to 40 lumen
*Home Décor: Stylish design
*UL listed
*Air Purification
*Mood Booster and help sleep
*Reduction in Electromagnetic radiation and Airborne infections
*Glare Free, Low UGR
*Easy to eyes
*Built-in light sensor
*4pcs/peck
*360 degree Rotatable beam
*Built-in light sensor
*6pcs/peck
*Can be used as a decorative piece
*Built-in Dusk to Dawn sensor
*UL Listed
*Extra 2 grounded AC outlets plus 2 USB ports
*Built-in Dusk to Dawn sensor
*Brightness adjustable
*Super bright up to 100 lumens
*Manual switch On/Off
*Built-in dusk to dawn sensor
*Mini, Compact design
*Built-in dusk to dawn sensor
*4pcs/peck
*Color changing
*Can be applied for decorative as well
*Built in Daylight sensor
*Cute design
*Matched perfectly with the nursery
*Built-in sensitive light sensor
*Red light helps sleep better
*Built-in dusk to dawn light sensor
*6 colors to choose from
*Red light helps sleep better
*Have On/Off switch
*Built-in dusk to dawn light sensor
*Manual On/Off switch
*Brighter up to 30 lumens
*ETL listed
*Color Changing and Made Prism Patterns
*Plug is 30° Adjustable
*Built-in Light Sensor
*Disney Frozen pattern for kids
*3D Frozen projector optional
*Built-in Light Sensor
*Light Sensor or Voice & Light Sensor Control
*Rainbow and smiley face cute design
*2 operation modes optional
*8 colors changing
*3 operation modes optional
*Built-in sensor
*Flat design
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1. LED Plug In Night Lights

LED Plug In Night Lights

This is the most common plug in night light we can see in the market. It’s with a standard square shape, fit well with most of the wall sockets(which is also square type), so it does not obstruct the second outlet. The night light is in compact design with a built-in Dusk-to-Dawn sensor, it automatically lights up when the room is dark enough and off during the daytime.

The square type night light is not very bright to wake you up at night, but it is enough to navigate without turning the main lights on. It comes with 2 colors: Warm white and Daylight white.

ProsCons
*Compact design
*Built-in sensor
*6pcs/peck
*Not very bright

2. Brightness Adjustable Night Light

Brightness Adjustable Night Light

Another square profile night lights, it’s with wider luminous surface. And, it features a dimmer switch to adjust the intensity of the light. There’s a slider switch on the top of the unit, so you can adjust the brightness of the light as you need, very user-friendly, right?

The brightness adjustable plug in night lights is also with a built-in light sensor, it will auto turns on at night or when ambient lighting becomes insufficient. They come with 2 colors: Warm white and Cool white.

ProsCons
*Brightness Adjustable
*Exquisite Design
*Built-in Sensor
*2pcs/peck

3. RGB Color Changeable Night Lamp

RGB Color Changeable Night Lamp

Compare with traditional single color led night light, this wall plug in night lamp offers RGB multiple color options, rotating color up to 8 different colors available. There is one single touch sense button on the front that controls and sets the color, very simple and intuitive. You can choose the color that best suits you and your kids’ mood.

The RGB Color Changeable Night Lamp emits a super-soothing atmosphere, help your children get rid of the fears of darkness to have a warm and better sleep. Put it on right next to your kid’s bed, I can imagine how they will enjoy the color changing feature.

And YES, this color changeable night light is also with dusk to dawn sensor, auto turns on at night and turns off automatically during day time.

ProsCons
*RGB Color Changeable (8 colors)
*Best for Baby room, Kid’s room, bedroom
*Good for sleeping
*2pcs/peck

4. Motion Activated Plug-in Night Lights

Motion Activated Plug-in Night Lights

If you are looking for energy-efficient night lights and want to save money, this motion activated ultra-brite night light from GE is a good choice for you! The Motion-sensing night light automatically turns on ONLY when motion is detected up to 25 feet away, and turns off after 90 seconds of no activity.

Unlike the other night lights with dusk to dawn sensor, which’s on all the day time, the motion-activated light is more energy-saving. And it’s brighter with around 40 lumens (other normal types just 15-20 lumens).

The motion-activated night light is ideal for hallway, entry, stairs, bathroom, garage, basement, etc where you didn’t have to turn on a lot of lights just to get to another room.

ProsCons
*Motion Activated
*Bright enough, up to 40 lumen
*UL listed
*Could be too bright for smaller rooms, e.g. bathroom

5. Himalayan Salt Lamp

Himalayan Salt Lamp

Some night lights are not just good for your sleeping, but also able to purify the air in your room, Yes, I am talking about the Himalayan Salt Lamp. The light is made up of natural Himalayan crystal salt, it attracts water vapor and the things (like mold, bacteria, and allergens) it carries to its surface and removes them from the air, therefore giving you better air quality.

The Himalayan salt lamps can release negative ions into the air, (Negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, offer a soothing glow that many people find relaxing), they can help reduce anxiety and also encourage a relaxing atmosphere for sleep, make you feel less stressful.

ProsCons
*Air Purification
*Mood Booster and help sleep
*Reduction in Electromagnetic Radiation and Airborne Infections
*High power up to 7w
*No sensor

6. Glare Free Plug In Night Light

Glare Free Plug In Night Light

If you find it uncomfortable to stare at the light directly, the Glare-Free plug in night light will be a good option to buy. It is with louvers design, help direct the light downwards instead of up in your eyes. And, they aren’t shining in your eyes and keeping you awake.

Moreover, this glare-free night light is good for kids, children, or adults who are sensitive to the light. There is absolutely no dazzling if you look right at them. Also, don’t bother to worry about turning the light on and off because they have a day/night sensor too.

ProsCons
*Glare Free
*Built-in light sensor
*4pcs/peck
*Not very bright

7. 360° Rotatable Night Light

360° Rotatable Night Light

The 360° rotatable night light enables you to put the light exactly where you desire regardless of the outlet location. It’s quite a useful feature that you can aim at where the light will benefit you the most.

And, like the other plug in night lights, this 360° Rotation light has built-in dusk to dawn sensor, it automatically turns on when ambient lighting becomes insufficient.

ProsCons
*360 degree Rotatable beam
*Built-in light sensor
*6pcs/peck
*Not very bright (only 6 lumen)

8. GE Brushed Nickel Dusk to Dawn Night Light

GE Brushed Nickel Dusk to Dawn Night Light

You may look for night lights that can serve their lighting purpose but can be also used as home decor. Well, look at the GE Brushed Nickel Dusk to Dawn Night Light, it’s brushed nickel design with several classy patterns: Celtic, Floral, Moroccan, and Tree. It’s very nice looking which also make it becomes a decorative piece.

Another cool part is how you can use it to cover up an entire outlet (or not, if you don’t want that) for unused sockets. It is large enough to cover both sockets when plugged into the bottom one.

The night light has a light sensor so it turns off during the day or when you turn on the room light, and on when the overhead light is up.

ProsCons
*Can be used as a decorative piece
*Built-in Dusk to Dawn sensor
*UL Listed
*Could be too large size for small outlet

9. USB Wall Charger Night Light

USB Wall Charger Night Light

The USB Wall Charger Night Light is an outlet and light switch combo, it has two outlets extends and two USB ports, this way you are not wasting an entire outlet on a nightlight. For some places, outlet space is a precious resource. You have a wonderful nightlight and an extra 3rd plug as a bonus, so you lose nothing. Plus they have surge protection. 

The other great thing is there are 3 brightness levels, you can adjust the brightness with the touch sensor to choose the right amount of light for your own needs. You could also choose to turn on/off the nightlight manually.

Like the other wall night light, this one does not need to turn on or off manually, its built-in sensor will automatically do it for you.

ProsCons
*Extra 2 grounded AC outlets plus 2 USB ports
*Built-in Dusk to Dawn sensor
*Brightness adjustable
*Not so bright

10. Super Bright Night Light

Super Bright Night Light

Among all the night light series mentioned in this list, this one may be the brightest night light ever. The GE super bright night light up to 100 lumens (regular plug-in night lights just 15-25 lumens), it has a switch in the back, you can turn the light on/off manually, or you can leave it to AUTO so it comes on when the sun starts going down and turns off at dawn.

The GE Ultrabrite night light is perfect for large rooms or hallways, you don’t have to turn on the overhead light in your room. If you need a lot of light, this may be the product for you.

However, for bedrooms, it would be too bright and would wake you up from your sleep. It’s not recommended to use in smaller rooms unless you need a very bright night light.

As an aside, this super bright night light features in Bar type, kind of a space saving design that keeps your second outlet free by using just the top outlet.

ProsCons
*Super bright up to 100 lumens
*Manual switch On/Off
*Built-in dusk to dawn sensor
*Could be too bright for bedrooms

11. Round Sleeping Night Light

Round Sleeping Night Light

This is a round shape, mini designed night light. It emits just the right amount of light to see things and won’t wake you up in the middle of night. And the low-profile design allows you to plug something else into the same outlet, which is a fantastic bonus, so you don’t have to unplug the nightlight if you want to plug in something else above or below it.

The distribution of light by the ring shape provides an even light, without dazzling. It’s also with light sensing function, automatic on and off depends on the ambient light, perfect to use for any rooms in the house.

ProsCons
*Mini, compact design
*Built-in dusk to dawn sensor
*4pcs/peck
*Not so bright

12. Flower Night Light On Wall

Flower Night Light On Wall

The Flower night light is another plug in night lights that you can use for both illumination and decoration. It also features color changing, 7 color changes automatically when lights on.

They have a soft light that changes every few seconds. When the lights come on the little mushrooms fade off. The tops of the mushrooms can pop off but will usually go right back on.

The flower night lamp has a daylight sensor on the bottom, that is perfect for getting up in the middle of the night and not needing to turn on main lights. It will be a nice addition to work in kids rooms, hallways, and bathrooms.

ProsCons
*Color changing
*Can be applied for decorative as well
*Built in Daylight sensor
*Not so bright

13. Cute Cloud Night Light for Kids

Cute Cloud Night Light for Kids

If you are looking for adorable night lights for child’s room/bathroom or a cloud themed nursery, you are definitely want to check this one – Cloud Night Light. It’s super cute and blends well with the theme of any nursery and emits the perfect amount of brightness, not too bright, not too dim.

With a built-in sensitive light sensor, the nightlight automatically turns on at dusk and off at dawn. You don’t have to worry about turning them on and off around the house in the morning and evening.

The cute design night light makes it a good gift for kids and looks cute in their room.

ProsCons
*Cute design
*Matched perfectly with the nursery
*Built-in sensitive light sensor
*It’s bright white light, for some people it is not so soothing

14. Red Plug in Night Lights for Bedroom

Red Plug in Night Lights for Bedroom

Studies show that blue and green lights are not good for you during the night and can interfere with your sleep, whereas red lights (and yellow light) do not. If you are looking for Red plug in night lights, these are fantastic.

The red night light is very subtle, perfect for a bedroom or bathroom at night when your eyes are used to the dark. Compared to other color lights, the red light tends to avoid getting woken up too much if you have to get up in the night but still lets you see.

Besides the red color, there are other colors available for you to choose from: Yellow, Blue, Green, Pink, and White.

ProsCons
*Red light helps sleep better
*Built-in dusk to dawn light sensor
*6 colors to choose from
*For bigger rooms might not bright enough

15. Sleep Aid Red LED Night Light

Sleep Aid Red LED Night Light

This is another Sleep Aid Red night light used for bedroom and bathroom. It’s a little bit much brighter than other standard red lights, since it’s with 7 LED’s built-in (regular type only have 1-2 LEDs). The wattage is also higher, up to 1.4 watts, that is 3 times bigger than a regular 0.5w night light.

The other great feature of this red light is that they have an ON/Off and Auto switch in the back! You can simply leave it on Auto mode so the daylight sensor will work for you, to automatically turn on and off depends on the ambient light. Or you can set it on/off manually according to your need.

ProsCons
*Red light helps sleep better
*Have On/Off switch
*Built-in dusk to dawn light sensor
*Not very energy efficient since it’s 1.4w, higher than regular 0.5w

16. Manual On/Off Plug-in Night Light

Manual On/Off Plug-in Night Light

If you prefer an on/off switch to turn the light on manually rather than a light sensor to automatically on and off, then this is it. This Manual On/Off Plug-in Night Light is without dusk to dawn sensor, it provides light only when needed.

In addition, it consumes 0.5 watts like others nightlights but with a much brighter output of 30 lumens (regular lights are 10-20 lumens), perfect to light up a dark hallway and dark kitchen corner.

The light is ETL listed and only have bright white color to choose.

ProsCons
*Manual On/Off switch
*Brighter up to 30 lumens
*ETL listed
*No light sensor

17. Plug In LED Night Light Projector

Plug In LED Night Light Projector

If you want something that would change colors and make a design like a prism, that’s exactly what this one does. The Plug In LED Night Light Projector features colorful lighting, it emits a soft multi-colored rotated illumination, makes fun colorful starry patterns. Kids love it!

Another good thing is the plug is 30° adjustable, light can be aimed up or down. You can even adjust the angle of the light to make the patterns small or big on the wall.

The night light projector has built-in auto dusk to dawn sensor. It’s small and saves on power, consumes 0.3w that is less than 25 cents cost for annual power consumption.

ProsCons
*Color Changing and Made Prism Patterns
*Plug is 30° Adjustable
*Built-in Light Sensor
*Could not help sleep for some people since it’s color changing

18. Disney Plug in Night Light for Children

Disney Plug in Night Light for Children

If you have a Frozen lover in your family, this is the perfect nightlight. The Disney plug in night light features sisters Anna and Elsa with twinkling lights that simulate falling snow. It’s not super bright but does have a 3D effect to make it look like snow is falling on the light cover (in the eyes of a 3-year-old).

This adorable looking nightlight is also with dusk to dawn sensor, so you never have to worry about the night light being on all day. It will be a perfect Christmas present to buy for your daughter.

ProsCons
*Disney Frozen pattern for kids
*3D Frozen projector optional
*Built-in Light Sensor
*Could be too bright for small rooms

19. Rainbow Night Light for Baby

Rainbow Night Light for Baby

This Rainbow night light is the perfect addition to our baby’s room. The rainbow shape and smiley face bring a sense of fun and creativity to the LED lamp and turn it into your baby’s special companion.

Another benefit is that it has a slide switch on the back to choose between voice & light operation modes. The two modes are very nifty. One acts as a straight night light that when the room is dark enough it illuminates. The other is a mode where it activates on sound. So if you are entering a room and you make a slight noise, it will light up.

Overall, the rainbow light is a cute night light for kids’ room or to light up the hallway at night!

ProsCons
*Light Sensor or Voice & Light Sensor Control
*Rainbow and smiley face cute design
*2 operation modes optional
*Could be too bright for small rooms

20. Color Changing Plug in Night Lights

Color Changing Plug in Night Lights

This is another great color changing plug in night light, it has 8 different colors. You can select a specific color you want or chose to have it cycle through all the colors. It also gives you the option to have it set to just the warm, white light.

They are flat and aren’t bulky and sticking out far like normal night lights, perfect size for plugging into common spots where you may need a little extra light. And, they put out a good amount of light without being overwhelming. It’s not too bright like it will keep your little one up but also not too dark to see either.

Like the other night lights, this one is also with a built-in sensor that can automatically turn off when it’s too bright and turn on when it’s dark.

ProsCons
*8 colors changing
*3 operation modes optional
*Built-in sensor
*Flat design
*Not very bright

Buyer’s Guide

As there is a wide variety of different LED plug in night lights available in the market, you may feel overwhelmed by looking at all the information. Don’t worry, we have listed the FAQ for you to take into consideration when choosing the best night lights.

1. What is night light?

A nightlight is a small light fixture, usually electrical with 1 or 2 LEDs, placed for comfort or convenience in dark areas or areas that may become dark at certain times, such as at night or in an emergency. Its wattage is mostly only 0.5w, used to be energy efficient.

Night light gives enough light to enable you to navigate in the dark, but not bright enough to wake you up. The other benefit of having a night light is that you can avoid turning on the overhead lights when you’re attending to your baby’s needs during the night, or leave the room.

2. How to choose the best night light?

To choose the best night light, you need to know what kind of features you most care about. There are many options when it comes to the night light you want to buy. Here are some main factors to consider when you shop for the best night light for your family.

  • Does it have a built-in sensor?

According to our research in the market and from customer’s reviews, more than 95% of the night lights are with sensor inside, either light sensor or motion activated sensor. Although the sensor can control the light on/off automatically, it does not give you the option to turn it on/off manually. Therefore, if you would like to control the light by yourself, you may look for a night light with a manual switch, or without sensor function.

  • Does the brightness adjustable?

Different people have different sensitivity to the light. The identical night light could be too bright for you, but too dim for others. If you want the most comfortable brightness to help you sleep or to light up your room, you can choose the night light with brightness adjustable function. Some night lights also offer 3 levels of adjustable brightness.

  • Does light color make a difference?

Yes! Light color does make a difference to your sleep quality. Research shows that the most calming color for a night light is red or orange, like a sunset. Blue and white lights tend to be more stimulating to our bodies. Regular night lights often come with 2 color options: Warm white or Cool white. For sleeping purposes, warm white(yellow light) is better than cool white, and red light is better than yellow light.

  • Do you need a manual On/Off switch?

Compared to Portable night lights, On/Off switch is not common to see in the plug-in night lights. Since it’s with a built-in light sensor, the lights work automatically depends on the light density. However, if you prefer to take control of the light on your own, or you don’t want the light turn on all night, then you will need a night light with On/Off switch.

  • Does it color changeable, or just only one color available?

General night lights are only with one color, either warm white or cool white, which is enough to serve the illumination purpose. But if you need more color options, such as Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, etc, then look for a night light that is with color changing function or with RGBW feature.

  • Does it have a timer?

In most of the case and base on our research, plug in night lights does not have a timer. If you don’t want a night light that stays on all night, then look for other night lights that are with a timer, such as the portable night light. Or look for a night light with motion activated sensor, that turns the light on only when movements detected.

3. What is the difference between Light(dusk-to-dawn) sensor and Motion Activated sensor?

The Light Sensor is used to detect the current ambient light level, to measure the intensity of light – i.e. how bright/dark it is. When at night the sensor detects low ambient light level, it triggers the light and turns it on. When during day time it turns off automatically.

And the Motion Activated Sensor light use to detect the motion. When motion is detected, the sensor triggers the light; when motion stops being detected, the sensor shuts off the light.

If you don’t want the light to stay on the whole night, then the night light with motion activated sensor is a better choice for you.

4. Other things to think of.

Plug in night lights are applied to the power outlets, it’s also important to know whether or not the outlets in your home are suitable for a certain night light.

  • Location of Power Sockets in Your Rooms

Before you choose the right night light for your kids’ or your own room, you need to look at the layout of the room and look at the different electrical outlets you have and their position in relation to your or your kids’ bed or cot.

If the outlets are too close or too far away from your bed or your child’s bed, you may find that the light is not bright enough or too bright. It may be better in this situation to choose a portable battery powered version or one that uses a longer power cord.

  • The dimension of night lights 

Plug in night lights are mainly in compact design in order to fit well into the wall outlet and do not block the second outlet, whereas some could be rather large to occupy the whole outlets. Before you choose the right night light, pay attention to its dimension, and compare with your socket, make sure it does not block the second one.

Of course, if there are enough outlets in your rooms, or it doesn’t matter to you the night light is large or not, you can go with the best one regardless of the size.

  • Installation methods

Since plug in night light operates only with power outlets together, if the places you’re going to install are without outlets, such as staircase, closet, etc, plug in night light is not feasible. In this case, you will have to look for the stick on night lights – another popular night lights that can be placed anywhere where you want extra light.

Conclusion

Now you know a thing or two about the plug in night lights after reading this post, I hope it can guide you to buy the best night lights. If you still have questions in mind, feel free to leave your comments below, we’d love to answer any of your questions. You can also Contact Us or shoot us an email ([email protected]) anytime.

Resources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightlight

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  1. adnan khan
    adnan khan says:

    Different studies have shown that the right type of light at the right time can improve and solve your sleeping problems. The warm-cooled lights are best which makes you feel relaxed and are eye-soothing.

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