LED Nightlight, retail $1 (URL not known)
Manufactured by (That's unknown too)
Last updated 05-23-04

This is...well...an LED nightlight.
It plugs directly into an ordinary (USA) 110-120VAC receptacle, and features what I believe is a Chinese junk (a type of sailboat) embossed in a clear plastic (acrylic?) diffuser on its top. I have three for testing: two white LED models and a red LED model.
A small round sticker between the two metal AC prongs at the back of the nightlight indicates what color the nightlight is. You can choose from red, yellow, green, blue, and white.

You can find these in some dollar stores.


The nightlight is ready to use right out of the package. Just remove it from the package, and plug it in to a standard USA 110-120 volt AC receptacle, and bingo, it lights up. The light reads "120 volts 50Hz", but the package itself says it can be used at 50 or 60 hertz.

Chris M. in the UK, you can plug one of these things right into one of your 240-120VAC transformers, and not have to worry about the frequency. :-)

Since this is an AC powered product, this section can and will be skipped.

It is marked to use 0.5 watts at 120VAC 50Hz.

From the person who sent these nightlights, comes this information:

I have a figure for current consumption - 14.5 mA AC for the white. The red is probably similar but I don't really know that. Actual power consumption for the white is approx. 0.32 watt.
The power factor (ratio of watts consumed to volt-amps) is approx. 0.18, and is "leading".

This is a nightlight, not a flashlight. So I won't try to flush it down the john, whack it against a steel rod, try to crush it under the wheels of a 400lb electric wheelchair, or perform other indecencies on it that a regular flashlight might have to endure.

It does seem relatively sturdy, and should withstand a fall to the bathroom floor from chest height, but you could probably break it (by grasping the base and diffuser and bending sharply) if you tried to.

The diffuser does come off; with the light unplugged, pull the diffuser straight out. Although this does make cleaning it easy if necessary, in my opinion this diffuser is TOO easy to remove, and it could come off if the light is manhandled.

I plugged a white LED model into an outlet in my bathroom, plugged a red LED model next to the head of my bed, and plugged the other white LED model into an outlet strip near my computer where I can keep an eye on it, and smack it out of the receptacle if it blows up. ;-)

White night light, at night, of course. ;-)

Three of these nightlights were provided by a fan of this website, and received on 01-15-04.
There are two white LED nightlights, and one red LED nightlight.

UPDATE: 01-18-04
From a posting on Candlepower Forums member, comes this snippet:

I've found these at the local drugstore for a buck and a half under the G-E brand. Identical looking fixture except it has a flower etched into the clear plastic instead of the nautical theme.

I don't have any more specifics, but I'll be looking for these things the next time I go to Bartells and/or Wallgreens. That could be as early as tomorrow (01-19-04).

UPDATE: 01-19-04
As promised yesterday, I checked all the local drugstores I could get to. I checked Wallgreens, Bartells, and Right-Aid. None of these stores had this or any other LED nightlight.

UPDATE: 02-17-04
Last night, I found one of the white nightlights out. There was no heat, smoke, or unpleasant burning odour; so I am currently at a loss as to what may have killed it. This is the unit that was disembowelled by its previous owner, so let's go get it and see if I can readily get it apart...BRB...ok, there are two resistors, a mylar cap, and four diodes (the four diodes are in a single DIP IC-like package with eight leads). None of the components look like they've overheated or burned out, so I'm just as clueless as to what killed it as I was before.

UPDATE: 04-01-04
A couple of weeks ago, I sent the dead nightlight back to the person who provided them, and there was no component failure at all. Instead, one of the traces on the PCB had become broken by the original owner's attempt to open the casing before he realised there was a screw between the two AC prongs. So these nightlights should not be unreliable at all unless you try to bust one open.

UPDATE: 05-23-04
The same website fan who sent me these nightlights originally has sent me some more. Two have blue LEDs, one has a green LED, and one or two of them have white LEDs in them.

Here are a couple of pictures, showing a blue and a green one:

The blue one has a "praying hands" graphic, and the green one has a "Chinese junk" graphic.

Very inexpensive for a lighting product
Should have a long lifetime if not abused
Uses very little electric power
Bright enough for what is, without being annoyingly so

Acrylic top comes off too easily in my opinion - though it DOES facilitate cleaning
Does not have a manual or automatic on/off switch - stays on all the time

    PRODUCT TYPE: LED Nightlight
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEZEL: N/A
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Very light splash resistance only
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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