Outlet Night Light Combo – Review

Outlet Nightlight Combo
SnapPower GuideLight Outlet Night Light

Review by Wally
Review by Wally

Outlet Night Light Combo Covers

There are primarily two manufacturers of LED outlet night light combo covers, SnapPower and the As Seen On TV promoted Night Angel. While both function identically with 3 LED’s at the bottom of the cover plate, the ASOTV Night Angel gets more bad reviews for dim light and poor fit and functionality. So, we are going to be discussing the SnapPower GuideLight brand of Outlet Night Light Combo Cover here which gets much better overall reviews. I’ve also installed this brand in my home and find it works very well.

~ Price Comparisons ~

The SnapPower GuideLights are just a little more expensive than the Night Angel Outlet Cover Night Lights but worth the slight difference in price in my opinion. They are available in single units and as a 5 pack.

Outlet Night Light Combo SnapPower GuideLight LED Brightness

The three LED’s at the bottom of the outlet cover are sufficiently bright to light up a hallway floor in a dark home. But, they aren’t so bright as to make you wish for a dimmer light when you wake up in the middle of the night and need to make your way to the bathroom or kitchen. I would say they put out a more downward directed light and not quite as ‘in your face’ bright as a typical night light. The light is a bright white color coming from the LED’s.

100,000 Hour Self Dimming Outlet Night Lights

The SnapPower Guidelights get their power from a slight contact with the sides of the outlet power contacts when installed. It’s nothing complicated as they automatically make this connection when you slide them on. So, as long as there is power to the outlet, there is power to the nightlight.

The nightlights also have an daylight sensor to turn the lights off during daylight hours. My hallways are a little dark so those SnapPower GuideLights stay on during the day on cloudy days. That doesn’t bother me at all. In fact the little extra light is welcome.

The LED lights have have an average life of 100,000 hours. That’s over 11 years of continuous use 24/7. So, expect them to last you about 15 to 20 years or so.

SnapPower GuideLight Outlet Night Light Combo Features

  • Guidelights Outlet Night Light Cover Plates install in seconds
  • SnapPower Claims these are the #1 selling night light
  • Fits all standard electric outlets with two power plugs
  • Works on vertically or horizontally placed outlets
  • Costs about 10 cents per year each to operate
  • Lights dim until off as the area gets brighter
  • Requires no batteries or wires to connect
  • Leaves both outlet plugs free for normal use
  • UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and ETL approved
  • Limited One Year Warranty

Outlet Cover Night Light Combo
SnapPower GuideLight Outlet Cover Night Light

What Purchasers Have To Say About These Outlet Night Light Cover Plates

There are well over 2000 reviews on the single plate purchase link on Amazon. And, the reviewers give the SnapPower GuideLights an average rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. That’s pretty good. Here are a few typical comments.

“I love these. I have them everywhere in my house. Easy install.”

“Are you kidding me. This is the best thing since sliced bread people. I bought two of these and they just snap in over the socket and when the light ambient lights get low the light will light. Love the fact it doesn’t take up a socket like to old fashioned night lights would. You will want one for each room in the house. With the lights being LEDs that means they will last a VERY long time.”

“Can’t recommend these highly enuf – they’re fantastic. A little pricey, but well worth the long-term investment. They provide an excellent, gentle night-light effect – while freeing up the outlets devoted to night lights, a great bonus. They’re easy as pie to install – no woring involved, just unscrew the old outlet cover & screw the new on in.”

“Two in the kitchen, one in each bathroom!! Got them, LOVE them, installed myself. Now I am a big chicken with electricity. I just turned off power to the whole house at the electric panel, used a flashlight to install, piece of cake!! (one plug had a piece of electric tape around it for some weird reason, took that off, worked fine) Tuned the power back on, fixed all the damn clocks in the house, TA DA!!”

Very few purchasers had any problem at all installing these night lights. The installation is pretty straight forward and instructions are included with the covers.

What Didn’t Purchasers Like About The SnapPower Night Lights

Some purchasers did find fault with the night lights. After all, it is a little more complicated that just plugging them into an outlet (but not much more).

“pro- it works!
cons- outlets almost never installed vertically so kind of pointless being blinded in the night. snap-power should offer a horizontal outlet, does not work with switched outlets.”

“If you are putting it in a hall way the light stays on all the time.”

“These do not give near the light as a regular night light. I would not purchase again”

“It was a very easy install. Unscrew, replace plate and screw back on. The sensor works ok. Not as sensitive as I’d like. For example, I have it in the kitchen and when our kitchen light is on the outlet also stays on. If I put a flash light to it or the sun is out only then will it turn off. The Biggest Issue: the LEDs are almost dim. Just not bright enough at all it barely helps anything I wanted to use it for so I just put it above my dogs food bowl where the outlet is like 6 inches above the floor so it’s sufficient for that. Not for anything else in my house.”

Most of the complaints about the GuideLights seem to center around 4 issues. 1) The lights weren’t bright enough, 2) They couldn’t get the lights to work, 3) The lights didn’t turn off during the day and 4) They were a little pricey for a night light.

I would tend to agree that the lights are NOT as bright as a regular night light. The lights are aimed down toward the floor and for me give more than adequate light to light the way in the dark.

When installing these outlet cover night lights you do need to glance into the outlet and see if some tape or plaster is covering the electrical connections (the brass and silver colored screws on the sides of the plug). If so you will need to reach in there and remove it so the outlet cover can make contact. PLEASE DON’T DO THIS REMOVAL YOURSELF UNLESS YOU HAVE TURNED OFF THE POWER AT THE FUSE BOX!

I also agree that the light sensor could be a little more sensitive. In dark hallways or recessed places the night lights may stay on all the time. Personally, I don’t see this as much of a detriment because a little light all the time in those areas is probably useful.

I’ll also agree that the outlet night light covers are a little expensive for a night light. But, they are going to last a very long time and they aren’t going to get lost or need to be replaced often like a regular plug-in type night light would.

Also, note that outlet night light covers will NOT work on GFIC (Ground Fault Interrupt Circuit) outlets. The ones that have the test buttons in the middle between the two outlet plugs. These outlets are commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms where water is present.

What’s The Bottom Line On Outlet NightLight Combo Covers

Being a ‘gadget person’ myself, I agree with the reviewer who said these were the best thing since sliced bread! Having night lights that don’t take up any space, aren’t taking up an outlet and are semi-permanently attached to the house are ideal. They are just a nice clean way to keep the pathways in your home slightly illuminated to avoid accidents. And, the slightly higher cost is more than justified in my opinion.

Who Are These Good For

People who have a dark hallway or their child wants a night light in their bedroom find these a good choice. Besides never getting moved, misplaced or bumped into and knocked off the wall, they are easy to install, semi-permanent and put out plenty of light.

SnapPower GuideLight Night Light Product Link

SnapPower GuideLight 5 Pack Product Link

Night Angel NightLight Product Link

~ Outlet Night Light Combo Price Comparison ~

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