Many people were afraid of the dark as a child. The thought of some horrible
out of the closet was just too much for our little minds to bear
when it was late at night and everyone else was asleep. Luckily, night
lights were invented to help us
ease our fears and give us a small beacon of hope during the darkest
hours of the day. Night
lights are not just for children, however. Many people use them
for small lighting in hallways or other rooms of the house so that
they can see in the dark if they happen to get up during the night.
These small little wonders make great helpers
for those who wake up stumbling through the dark trying to get a glass
of water or use the bathroom. Fortunately with
the help of night
lights, we can avoid tripping and falling down stairs or bumping
into walls. These little lights are our guides in times of darkness.
Night lights usually use very low wattage
bulbs. The typical night light only uses about a 10-watt bulb. There
are several reasons for this, but the most obvious would be to avoid fire
hazards. Of course, they also use low wattage
bulbs because only a small amount of light is really needed to provide
that soft glow.
Some night lights stay off until they are needed. Newer models come with
motion-sensitive switches that turn the light on when someone passes
by it. These are better suited for adults, since children like the constant,
comforting light to be on at all times. This way, if they wake up during
the night they will feel comforted and will be able to see their surroundings.
Thankfully we have such a wonderful helper like the night light to guide
and reassure us throughout the house when the sun goes down.