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Adequate improvement over incandescent night lights
Pros: Doesn't burn out once a month or if you unplug it and bump it, like an incandescent bulb. Uses LESS power. Photo sensor reacts well to low-light conditions, it turns off when you have plenty of light to see anyways. My old night light stayed on 24/7 even with lights turned on during the day, except for the bathroom which had 5 lights above the mirror, then the old nightlight turned off. In comparison, this Feit Electric light turns off in the shady pantry area during the day, or at night when I put the pantry ceiling light on. That is a vast improvement. MUCH lower cost of ownership as a result of longer life and less power usage! LED probably won't die within my lifetime. No idea about the transformer and rectifier circuit, though. Hopefully that lasts as long as the LED. The housing does a pretty good job of spreading the light around.
Cons: The light is somewhat faint/weak and very blueish in color. It would be better to include a second color, such as a yellow, or just use a better quality WHITE LED. It'd also be better to use a proper diffuser. This diffuser is clear plastic, so the weak light comes out a bit harsh. If they used a proper frosted diffuser, the LED probably would be to weak, so that's why they went with clear. It is NOT as bright, NOT as warm, and NOT as easy to see where things are (for older folks maybe impossible). For maybe 75% of people though, this would be just fine.
Other Thoughts: I may consider modifying this unit for the hell of it, maybe drop in a yellow LED. Yellow light, for those who are not aware, is the result of putting red and green lights together. As red, green and blue are the primary colors of light, adding all these wavelengths together should result in a white light. Or then again, maybe hack out the weak LED and put in a proper LED. Instead of using 0.3W, maybe it uses 1W but it USABLE. It's still less than the 7-15W of an incandescent! And still has all the benefits of a longer life. Also, I may buff up the plastic with a mild abrasive like baking soda or sand, to give it a frosted finish, and thus better diffuse the light. Any of this might void the warranty, but such research would be valuable in developing a better product to just make homemade nightlights for fun.
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“Doesn't burn out once a month or if you unplug it and bump it, like an incandescent bulb. Uses LESS power. Photo sensor ...”— 12/14/2012