Where to Place Night Lights for Best Effect

Getting the placement of your night lights around the home is important if you are to maximize their effectiveness in providing low level lighting. What you really need is to have them in those places that would otherwise be very dark and where accidents are more likely to occur if someone was floundering around in the dark.

This will obviously depend on the shape and layout of you own home. So it's worth taking a little time to just walk around the place in the daytime and just think about where you or another family member might go during the night and what they might accidentally walk into or trip over in the dark.

Identifying Obstacles

There are always unseen obstacles that are not always do obvious in daylight but can represent accidents waiting to happen when its dark and a sleepy person happens to find them on their travels. For example, there might be a cabinet or bookshelf against a wall in a hallway that you would automatically skirt around when you can see clearly, but that you might walk into if you can't see it in the dark.

Stairs are often a potential hazard in the dark, especially when you can't see the first step and you happen to misjudge its position in the dark! If your home is split-level, then a single or double step down (or up) could pose a similar problem.

Other potential obstacles include things that are low to the floor, such as pet beds, cat litter trays, bowls of water left out for pets etc. Also watch out for low coffee tables and foot stools. In hallways there may be shoe racks, hat stands, potted plants, telephone table etc.

Lighting the Way

Once you have identified as many of the potential hazards that may present themselves in the dark, you then need to locate the nearest electric point to plug in a night light. As these are generally placed low to the floor, usually just above a skirting board or low border, the low sited obstacles will be nicely lit.

Just make sure that the night light will not become obscured by another object, such as hanging coats for example so that their low level illumination will extend as far as possible to help those night time wanderers see where they are going. If you have any particularly dark nooks and crannies, such as beneath the stairs or in dark corners, brighten them up at night with a nightlight!

Bathrooms are a favorite destination during the wee hours, so a nightlight placed in that room is always gratefully appreciated. It also saves someone needing to put on the main light which can be blinding and uncomfortable when first switched on. It's surprising how well you can see with a low level light when your eyes are already accustomed to the dark, especially when you have a decorative LED night light with its extra bright lamp in a very small and economical package.

Keep your family safe at night by placing nightlights where they are likely to go in the dead of night and you'll reduce the likelihood of accidents. Safety and low accent lighting combine to make a better place to be. You'll also be providing a useful lit path to wherever they need to go when they need to go there!