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The New Night-Light
Article by John Swygert, Home Inspectors of Middle Tennessee
eblast March 2015, Home Tip of the Month

SnapRays-Image-3Who says all the good ideas have already been invented? One bright winner at the 2015 International Builders Show has developed a night-light within and electrical outlet cover plate.

The SnapRays Guidelight is an energy-efficient night-light and serves double-duty as a night-light replacement as well as a standard electrical outlet cover plate. The Guidelight is equipped with LEDs (light emitting diodes) to provide illumination in the dark, without taking up either outlet space. The diodes illuminate the area directly under the outlet. A light sensor automatically turns the LEDs on and off according to the available light in the area.

SnapRays-Image-2The SnapRays work, according to the company’s website, by snapping into place directly over a standard electrical outlet and attaching the plate cover to the outlet with a screw. Two projecting tabs on the back of the SnapRays contact the electrical terminals on the outlet and draw power from it to light the LEDs, so there’s no need for any wiring or batteries, and it leaves both outlets free for other uses.

The SnapRays Guidelight looks like any other wall outlet and comes in several different colors and styles. The company is currently taking orders via their website, snappower.com, but the product may soon appear at retail stores across the country.

SnapRays-Image-1A few of the advantages of the product include the use of hidden LED technology instead of conventional night-lights – making the product safer for children and adults (there is nothing projecting into the room to be played with, knocked out or removed). Because it only draws five milliamps of power and turns on only when light levels are low, the Guidelights cost only pennies a year to operate and should last for 25+ years before the LEDs begin to dim.

To install a Guidelight, the power must first be turned off to the electrical outlet. The existing cover-plate needs to be removed and the SnapRays Guidelight needs to be snapped on and screwed in. The power to the electrical outlet can be turned back on and the night-lights will illuminate the area.

The Guidelight is not compatible with GFCI outlets. At this time, the SnapRays Guidelight is not compatible with light switches, but that design may be introduced in the future.

Source: John Swygert, Home Inspectors of Middle Tennessee, Home Tip of the Month, March 2015; Photos courtesy of SnapPower.com

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