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Product Listing – LED Nightlights



LED Nightlights


MANUFACTURERS
Multiple.

COST
$5.00

VENDORS
Local home stores

DISCLAIMER
The listing of these products is for informational purposes and individuals must use their own caution and judgment when using these resources. Functional levels and changes in judgment and reasoning are highly variable in people with dementia. Interventions must be individualized and continually assessed because those that are effective for some individuals may only work briefly and may not work at all for others.

DESCRIPTION
These flat panel light emitting diode (LED) plug-in night lights offer a soft, low light level that's easy on the eyes at nighttime. Some research has shown that LED light does not affect a person's ability to go back to sleep the way regular incandescent light can. These nightlights are available in most local home stores; common light panel colors are green and blue, which is softer on the eyes than white light. LED nightlights are always on once you plug them into the socket. These nightlights are also cool-to the touch, enhancing safety.

Keep in mind that some people may
  • Need higher light levels at night (use two nightlights if possible)
  • Be bothered by the light at night
  • Be bothered by the light staying on all the time – the only way to turn them off is to unplug them, and then you must remember to plug them in again at night



Product Selection Criteria

Our goal is to teach you how to be a good consumer and to help you learn about specific products and unique product features that may enhance your safety and the safety and function of the person with dementia. The products shown in This Caring Home serve as examples only. Manufacturers continually change product specifications and the products represented may be different from those now on the market.

We realize this is not an all-inclusive list. Products featured in This Caring Home were chosen for one or more of the following reasons:
  • Affordability
  • Attractiveness
  • Availability
  • Color selection
  • Ease of use
  • Quality
  • Safety
We encourage you to discuss product selection with other caregivers and health care professionals.


How We Tested

"ThisCaringHome.org tested many products that are commonly recommended for best practices to identify the best use of these products and any potential problems in their use by caregivers and individuals with dementia. Each product included in an Expert Review was tested in a home environment, either an apartment or a single family home (or both), by at least two people. Rosemary Bakker, interior designer, gerontologist and dementia specialist, was one of the testers for every product. Whenever possible, we tested the product over time, sometimes days, weeks, or months, for:
  • Ease of use
  • Reliability
  • Potential safety issues
As a result of our testing, we're listing the pros and cons for using these products and including safety precautions for various products. These products were not tested by persons with dementia. We hope in the future to do case studies to learn more about what works and what doesn't work in a larger variety of caregiving situations and home environments."

Products listed on our website but not tested by ThisCaringHome.org are referred to as "Product Listings".



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