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Night Light Bulb Brightness & Color Comparison

Night Light Bulb Comparison

Want an LED bulb for your plugin night light? Compare various replacement night light bulbs to see which looks best. Lighting technology is rapidly undergoing changes, so determining the best nightlight bulb for your home takes some consideration. To compare bulb features see the LED Light Bulb Comparison Chart below.

New LED Light Bulbs vs. Old Incandescent Bulbs

Comparison - See photos of a 4W incandescent night light bulb vs. LED light bulbs in various wattages so you can compare the color of the bulb, the direction of the beam of light, and how bright it actually appears.

Usage - Each night light bulb is shown lit up with and without glass mounted in front of it to give you the best idea of what it will actually look like in a nightlight fixture.

Best to Worst - To see which LED bulb best matches an incandescent, we've listed each LED bulb brand from the one that best matches an incandescent bulb to the worst match. 

4 Watt Incandescent Night Light Bulbs

Standard Incandescent Night Lighb Bulb - 4W

  • 4W (5W and 7W bulbs are also commonly available)
  • Warm to the touch
  • Rated safe (cool enough) for use in UL-listed night light fixtures with unshield bulbs
  • Note: 5W and 7W bulbs cannot safely be used in unenclosed night light fixtures

G7 Night Light Bulbs

G7 Power Boulder Night Lighb Bulb - LED 0.5W

  • 0.5W, 15 Lumens
  • 2900K
  • Warm golden glow
  • Clear glass bulb
  • Emits light nearly 360 degrees
  • Remains cool to the touch
  • Instantly turns on at full brightness
  • Great replacement for incandescent nightlight bulbs
  • Not dimmable
  • Cannot be used with automatic bases or motion sensors
  • Indoor or outdoor use
  • By G7 Power

Luxrite LED Nitelight Bulb Info

Luxrite Warm White Bulb - LED .7W

  • 0.7 watts, 50 Lumens
  • 2700K color temperature
  • Clear bulb emits yellow light 260 degrees
  • Closely resembles incandescant bulb
  • 13.7 year lifespan (with use of 3 hours/day)
  • Cannot be used in completely enclosed fixtures
  • Not dimmable
  • Indoor/dry use only
  • Mercury free
  • By Luxrite, found on Amazon

Meridian LED Bulbs for Nightlites

Meridian Replacement Nightlight Bulbs LED 0.75W

  • .75W
  • Brightness level - 23 lumens
  • Average bulb life 15,000 hours
  • Frosted bulb
  • Saves energy and money
  • Cannot be used with dimmers
  • Cannot be used in totally enclosed fixtures
  • Depending upon the brand the bulbs may or may not work with photosensor night light bases.
  • Cannot be used with night light plugged into an extension cord.
  • Mercury and lead free
  • Will not fade furnishings or fabrics
  • Cool to the touch
  • By Meridan Lighting, also available at Home Depot

Lightvida Night Light Bulb - LED 0.5W

Lightvita Night Light Bulb - LED 0.5W

  • .5W
  • 25 Lumens
  • 2900K
  • 30,000 hour lifespan
  • Clear bulb
  • Very bright warm orange glow is brightest in upward direction, less bright around base
  • Stays cool
  • Not dimmable
  • May not be compatible with automatic bases
  • By Lightivita, found on Amazon

Globe Electric LED for Life Accent Bulbs - 1W

Globe Electric LED for Life Accent Bulbs - 1W

  • 1 watt, white light
  • Very dim glow
  • Cool to the touch
  • Lasts 30,000 hours
  • Frosted bulb
  • Textured bulb
  • By Globe Electric

GE Lighting Night Light Bulbs - LED 1.5 C7/W/CD2

GE Lighting Night Light Bulbs - LED 1.5 C7/W/CD2

  • 0.5 watts, 2700K, soft white light
  • Brightness level - 3 lumens
  • Just top half of blub emits light, so in decorative night lights the lower portion of the design will not be well iluminated
  • Lasts 8.6 years when used an average of 8 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Cannot be used with dimmable fixtures
  • Operates on most photosensor bases
  • Cannot be used in totally enclosed  luminaires
  • Mercury free
  • By GE Lighting, found at Target

Maxxxima Night Light Bulb LED C7 - 100W

Maxxima Night Light Bulb LED C7 - 100W 

  • 100W, 7 Lumens
  • Clear bulb
  • Instant on
  • Bright white glow
  • Illuminates to side and upward but not down
  • Saves 90% energy
  • Very fragile
  • By Maxima

Sylvania Accent Series Bulb - LED 0.6W

Sylvania Accent Series Bulb - LED 0.6W

  • 0.6W, 4 Lumens
  • Clear (non-frosted) bulb
  • Lasts 15,000 hours
  • Bright light with blue glow, 6500K
  • Tend to flicker or strobe (especially in automatic light sensor bases)
  • Light beam upward rather than omni-directional (no light falls around night light base)
  • Indoor use only
  • Use in dry locations only
  • Not for use in dimmers, do not dim
  • By Osram Sylvania

Feit Electric Bulbs - LED

Feit Electric Night Light Replacement Bulbs - LED

  • Lasts 50,000 hours, up to 45 years (with 3 hours of use per day)
  • Lights up instantly
  • Bright white light
  • Bottom of bulb white, top is clear - light emits upward from top only
  • Does not give omni-directional glow - bottom half of night light won't be lit
  • Mercury free
  • Withstands stock and vibrations
  • Non-dimmable 
  • By Feit Electric, found at Target

LED Night Lightbulb Advantages & Drawbacks

It's a whole new world of lighting out there. Carefully check packaging before buying to be sure your replacement LED bulb can be used in your night light base.

Things to Note When Choosing the Best LED Bulbs for Night Lights

  • Dimmable - Some LED nightlight bulbs can be used with dimmers while others cannot.
  • Enclosures - Many LED night light bulbs can't be used in enclosed fixtures. Be sure to read the caution section on packaging when selecting replacement LED night light bulbs.
  • Beam Direction - If bottom of bulb is not clear or light is emitted upward only (both effects noticable on Feit bulb above), your decorative night light will not be lit evenly. 
  • Flickering Effect - Some brands of LED bulbs flicker. Flicking gives a twinkling effect when used in quantity but is generally not desirable in a decorative night light. LED bulbs tend to strobe or flicker when placed in automatic or light sensor bases.

Night Light Bulb Types

Night Light Bulb Types

The amount of light given off varies greatly depending upon the night light fixture you select.

*Incandescent Bulbs - The traditional night light bulb gives off a warm glow that provides a homey feel
*LED Bulbs - New energy-efficient bulbs last for years and use a fraction of the electricity of incandescent bulbs
*Clear vs. Frosted Bulbs - If the bulb is visible a frosted bulb makes them easier on the eye

Compare bulb features in the LED Light Bulb Comparison Chart below. Or view photos of illuminated bulbs from G7 Power, GE Lighting, Globe Electric, Feit, LightvitaLuxriteMaxxima, Meridian, Sylvania.

Night Light Bulb Shapes & Sizes

Night Light Bulb Shapes & Sizes

Bulb Base - Standard night light bulbs have an E12 base (12mm). The metal part of the lightbulb is 0.47" across (12mm) and .65" tall. 

Bulb Shape - Typically, a candelabra shape bulb is used in night lights although straight-sided bulbs may also work. Candelabra bulbs are shaped like a flame, with a narrow base that spreads out in the middle then tapers to a point at the top.

*S6 Bulb, 1.875" tall x .75" wide with straight sides (.36W LED shown)
*C7 Candelabra Bulb, 2.25" tall x 1" wide (0.5W LED shown)
*CA-10 Candelabra Angular Bulb - slightly bent tip, 3.9" tall x 2.31" wide (15W incandescent shown)

Bulb Height - A standard candelabra night light bulb is 2.25" tall from the tip of the glass bulb to the very bottom of the metal base, but other bulbs with the same base size and shape can be too tall for use.

Nitelight Bulb Brightness

Night Light Bulb Brightness Levels

Bulb Wattage - Make sure you are selecting the correct wattage. Candelabra-shape bulbs can be 4W, 5W, 7W, 15W, 40W, 60W or more.

Brightness - The three popular incandescent night light bulb wattages (4W, 5W, 7W) are now being replaced with equivalent  LED bulbs that are generally just as bright but which use 1/10 the amount of energy.

*4W Bulbs (Incandescent shown)
*5W Bulbs (0.5W LED shown)
*7W Bulb (0.75W LED shown)

Night Light Base Types

Night Light Base Types

While incandescent bulbs typically work with all nightlight base types, many LED bulbs cannot be used in automatic or photosensor bases, nor in enclosed night light fixtures.

*Manual On/Off Bases - A small toggle or rocker switch is pushed to control the fixture.
*Rotating Bases - Allows you to plug in a night light upside down or sideways; uses the same wattage bulb.
*Automatic Light Sensor Bases - Comes on at dusk or always stays on in dim locations; typically requires a higher-wattage bulb for an equivalent brightness.
*Photosensor / Motion Sensor Bases - Bulky units that come on when movement is detected.

Night Light Bulb Price and Brightness Comparison Chart

*Lifespan and cost per year based on regular household use of 3 hours/day.

**Color based on how it appears to the eye. Temperature is what manufacturer lists on packaging.

✝ May opperate in sensor base depending on the base. Not guaranteed.

N/A means product information not found readily on packaging or manufacturer's website.

Disclaimer: For informational purposes only. Kyle Design is not responsible for incorrect or missing information.

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