Integrated Night Lights - a worthy weekend project - Fine Homebuilding
  • Video: Build a curved step
    Video: Build a curved step
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Solid Deck-Framing Advice
    Solid Deck-Framing Advice
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Design Inspiration
    Design Inspiration
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Remodeling in Action
    Remodeling in Action
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Slideshow: 12 Stunning Remodels
    Slideshow: 12 Stunning Remodels
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • Video: Install a Fence
    Video: Install a Fence
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Gallery: Custom Flooring
    Gallery: Custom Flooring
Reader Quick Tips

Integrated Night Lights - a worthy weekend project

comments (0) May 1st, 2012 in Project Gallery

Navigating your house in the middle of the night, in the dark, might be easy for you, but what about your occasional houseguests? What about your kids? Mine seem to always have a reason to rouse me for a drink of water, a bad dream recap, etc. One of the best little projects I did in my house was to purchase electrical outlets that have a nightlight built in.  I put one in each bedroom and in several places along the hallways on every floor. They fit where your 2-receptacle outlet is currently installed. They simply replace one receptacle with a night light and give you the other receptacle to plug in your vacuum, etc. 

The light is generally an LED, so it's extremely low energy, and the lighting is just enough to help navigate the passages in your house. My houseguests are able to find the bathroom, my kids can navigate their way to a drink, or more likely to my bedroom to ask ME to get them a drink.

If you can change an outlet, you can install these ingenious little devices. I was able to forego an expensive low voltage safety lighting system and instead paid about $20 each for these. If your are using clunky, plug-in night lights, there is just no comparison. The LED lasts MUCH longer, and the look is sleek. You can find them online or in hardware stores.

posted in: Project Gallery, electrical, electric, night light, weekend projects

Comments (0)

Log in or create a free account to post a comment.