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Perfect Lighting Options for Your Child's Room

Updated on March 1, 2021
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Teddy Bear Night Lights

When it comes to adorable things, few can beat the teddy bear. These guys are the perfect combination of cute and useful. Some are made to snuggle, and others are designed to vigilantly watch over your bed at night. Here is where the Teddy Bear Night Light comes in.

A teddy bear is often a child's first companion. They can represent nearly anything, and give off a sense of security and of not being alone. They are regularly mentioned in fond memories of childhood, and as the one thing that helped scare away all the frightening things lurking in the dark and under the bed.

One of the jobs of a teddy bear is to be a child's protector as they sleep. With the ability to shed some soft light into the room as it stands guard, a light-up bear makes children feel safe.

There are various types of teddy bear night lights. Some sit on a nightstand, plug into the wall, and aren't meant to be played with or moved. However, there are also soft, plushy, light-up teddy bears that can be snuggled, played with, carried around, and slept with.

All the bears come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to get you started on the best choice for your home.

  • Does your child have a favorite color?
  • Do they like a certain type of bear?
  • Would you like multi-coloration?
  • Want it to sit on a nightstand or be able to be held through the night?

All of these are available, and they aren't outrageously expensive, with the average price being around $20. They can be found on Amazon, Etsy, Walmart, eBay, and nearly any other place that sells children's toys. Look around for what fits your home and child best.

Glow in the Dark Stickers

Also called wall decals, glow in the dark stickers are easy to apply and move if needed. They don't typically tear up surfaces they stick to and can be designed any way you want.

Some interesting ways they can be used are having butterflies or hearts coming off of an end table and going across the wall, leaving a connecting trail in their wake. Creating a scene, such as a forest, sky, castle, or ocean.

If you want to put time and effort into it, you can make astrologically correct constellations and planets, living scenery, dramatic character fight scenes, pokemon battles, animals swimming in the ocean, among many others. You can also allow children to design them the way they want, which is probably what they would like best, and give them artistic freedom over their domain.

Some Ideas to Inspire You

Sticker Ideas

There are stickers in nearly every design your child could want. A few options to consider, depending on what type of scene you are interested in, are:

Animals Bugs

★ Pokemon ★ Leaves

Dragons Names

Fairies Words

Mushrooms Characters

Stars Rockets

Clouds Dinosaurs

Butterflies Flowers

Dragonflies Water

Planets Trees

Rope Lights

Rope lights not only give off a really nice hue, but they are also incredibly easy to handle. In recent years people have begun using rope lights in place of regular Christmas lights because they are easy to use and look neat and tidy.

There are many ways to place these in a room for a night light effect. They can go around the base of the ceiling, doors, and windows. They can cascade down the wall, create an amazing bed frame, or be hung into fun shapes and objects.

Rope lights come in many color combinations including white, one solid color, and rainbow, along with the ability to rotate through different colors. Some are set up to blink, pulse, and flash.

They are wonderful in children's rooms because they generally let off a soft glow, as opposed to being bright and harsh, like a regular light. There is a comforting appeal to rope lights, which is why many people have started using them as alternatives to many other types of lights.

Colored Bulbs

Colored light bulbs are fun and give off just enough light for kids to feel safe, but not too much that it keeps them awake. They can be placed in the immediate ceiling socket or be put into a lamp.

Previously, they only came in about 3 colors, but in recent years they have made them in all basic and popular colors.

Christmas Lights

Christmas lights are the timeless classic hanging lights. Much like rope lights, Christmas lights can border windows, doors, and other areas. They can wrap around objects easily and come in various sizes.

The bulbs themselves can be the normal size that most people see or be fat and tear-shaped. Both are fun, but be aware of whether they get hot and use accordingly.

Christmas lights come in a rainbow of colors or solid. Children do tend to prefer the rainbow lights to the plain white, but they can also be used in fun ways. You can choose between multicolored, solid, white, or color-changing.

Whichever way you and your child like them best is right.

3D Illusion Lamps

A 3D illusion lamp is a lamp for the modern era. They are beautiful, come in various objects, and are sure to please not only children but for anyone that sees them.

The light itself is soft and easy to look at but the real kicker is that it can be just about anything you could ever want. There are cartoon characters, skulls, snakes, cars, animals, favorite objects like cameras, show and movie memorabilia, even people!

They are an ideal choice for children because they can be ordered in the shape of their favorite things, aren't expensive, and most don't get hot to the touch, as they use LED lights.

There are limitless options available. Some places even allow you to design your own.

Curtain Lights

Curtain lights are beautiful and fun but probably better suited to slightly older children, at least those out of the toddler phase. Because they hang low, curtain lights are versatile and can be used in several ways. However, for this same reason, you want to make sure to only use them with children that understand that they can't climb, grab, chew on, or play with them.

These lights are often used in open doorways to create a unique door effect, but that is only one way to make use of their dangling design. You can hang them against walls, cascade them alongside beds, place them in front of windows, and even run them across the ceiling.

Curtain lights come in all kinds of different colors, including solid and rainbow, and can usually be set up to switch colors or flash and twinkle. Some can be bought in shapes like stars and moons, nets that can be draped over objects and ran across the ceiling, and those that look like normal Christmas lights.

When they say that the possibilities are endless, it is never more true with curtail lights. You are only limited to your imagination with these because you can do virtually anything you can think up with them. Much like rope lights, curtain lights can go everywhere and can be arranged in many fun designs.

~Children love to decorate! Let them have a little creative freedom when choosing a good nightlight. You will both sleep easier that way.~

There are so many options to choose from when it comes to lighting that it can be a little overwhelming, especially when it's being bought for a child. This is just scratching the surface but is also specifically created with children in mind.

Learn out what your child likes most and look for a light that relates to it. As you can see, there are endless possibilities and plenty of interesting and unique ideas.

Personally, I love the idea of being able to give children lights that directly connect with their favorite things. It is also nice to allow them to flex their creative muscles a bit and get to have a say in their bedroom design. Nothing is worse than not being allowed to decorate your own room as a child.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 Rachel Wesley


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