ISSUE 46  |  All in the Family

The Night-Light Reconsidered

November 17, 2014 2:00 PM

BY Janet Hall

There’s no arguing that the plug-in night-light comes in handy for guiding family members in the dark (and, in the case of my children, keeping monsters away). That said, the ubiquitous night-light has its faults: In addition to presenting a possible safety hazard for tiny, curious fingers, it hogs precious outlet space and is something of an eyesore. So we were intrigued to discover the SnapRays Guidelight by SnapPower, a night-light disguised as an outlet cover with built-in LED lighting that disappears by day and glows at night.

Above: A replacement for the standard plug-in night-light, the SnapRays Guidelight is an electrical outlet cover plate equipped with LEDs to provide illumination in the dark, while offering two outlets available for use at all times.

Above: The Guidelight is equipped with a light sensor that automatically turns the LEDs on in the dark and off in the light.

Above: The design requires no wires or batteries. To install, simply remove the existing cover plate, snap on the SnapRays Guidelight, and affix with the turn of a screw. (Note that it’s always advisable to turn off the outlet power before replacing a cover.)


Above: SnapRays Guidelights are $15 each and are offered in standard duplex (L) and decor outlet (R) configurations in a choice of white, almond, and ivory. Money-saving sets of three, five, and 10 are also available.

Getting ready to remodel or build? Consult our Remodeling 101 primers on Electrical Outlet Placement in every room. And for more ingenious outlet solutions, see: