Tired of heading back to bed in the middle of the night with your arms outstretched and waving like a zombie because you’re afraid of bumping into something in the dark? You may want to consider a night light. For $ 20, the Wyze Night Light Kit includes three battery-operated wireless lights that emit an attractive soft white glow to illuminate dark areas when their built-in sensors detect motion. Designed for indoor use, these small rectangular lights can be wall mounted in minutes without tools, do not take up an electrical outlet, and last up to three months on a charge. When they run out of battery, you can recharge them via USB-C and then snap them back onto their magnetic mounting plates. You can use them individually or link up to 10 together so they light up when one detects motion. The lights are not compatible with app or voice control, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are an affordable, stress-free night lighting solution.
Easy automated lighting
The Wyze Night Light kit includes three battery-operated motion-activated lights, plus easy-remove tape and metal mounting plates for attaching to the wall.
Each white rectangular night light measures 3.2 by 2.0 by 0.6 inches (LHD) and weighs 1.8 ounces. Inside each is a dusk-to-dawn sensor that identifies when it is night, and a passive infrared (PIR) sensor that detects motion within a 110-degree range, up to 18 feet away.
When illuminated, they illuminate the wall from the top and bottom of the device. They emit 4.5 lumens and have a warm white color temperature of 2500K, similar to a candle, to light your way at night without being too bright for sleepy eyes.
Unlike Wyze Bulb and Wyze Bulb Color, Night Light does not support apps or voice control. But even without app connectivity, you can easily link up to 10 night lights located within 100 feet of each other so that when one detects motion, they all turn on.
Inside, each night light features a 300 mAh lithium polymer battery, which can be recharged via USB-C.
Light your way
I installed Wyze Night Lights in just a few minutes, with no help or tools, with the exception of a tape measure to evenly space them along the hallway wall. Attach a piece of easy-to-remove tape to the metal wall-mount plate, and then stick it to the wall at the desired location. Wyze recommends installing the lights 1.6 to 3.9 feet off the ground.
Each night light has a built-in magnet, so just snap it onto the wall mounting plate and you’re good to go. In the box, Wyze also includes three adorable animal face stickers that you can optionally put on the front of your night lights to give them some personality.
On the right side, each night light has an Auto / Off / On switch and a USB-C charging port. When turned on, the night lights will stay on all the time. When set to Auto, they will only illuminate in dark environments, when the sensor detects motion. Turning them off turns the lights off and the paired network is restored.
To link two or more night lights so that they all light up when one detects motion, simply switch them all to automatic mode. In the first 30 seconds, they will enter pairing mode and flash. After 30 seconds, it will stop flashing and they will need to pair. To use a night light individually, simply switch it to Auto, then wait 30 seconds for the pairing mode to finish.
On the front right side, each night light has a status light that will flash red when the battery is low and turn solid red when the battery is charging. When the battery is charged, the status light will turn off.
In terms of battery life, Wyze says the night light should last up to 128 days when used in automatic mode only, 85 days when paired with others, or 11 hours when set to always-on mode.
To maximize battery life, Wyze recommends charging the night light as soon as possible when the status light begins to flash red. When the battery is running low, you can simply remove the night light from the mounting plate like any other magnet and charge it with a USB-C cable. Wyze says it will fully charge in 1.5 to 2 hours.
There is no USB-C cable in the box, so if you don’t already have one, you will need to purchase one separately. Wyze said it decided not to include a charging cable to “cut down on unnecessary waste,” since many people already have one at home and some people are able to purchase multiple packages of Night Lights. In my experience you can never have too many charging cables so I would have preferred one to be included in the box.
To remove the mounting plate from the wall, simply pull down on the tab on the easy-remove tape (as you would a 3M command strip) and it should come off without a residue.
No more dark areas
I installed all three night lights in a row on a hallway wall, approximately 1.75 feet off the ground, which is within the recommended installation height range. Following the steps outlined above, I had no trouble linking all three.
Design-wise, they are fairly inconspicuous, sticking out just over half an inch from the wall. During the day, the unlit white rectangles look a bit strange against my otherwise bare pastel mint green wall, but if you’re not as picky as I am, or have white walls, you probably don’t care how they look. Recessed wall lights would obviously look better, but they also cost a lot more.
When lit up, the lights give off a nice warm glow and look quite stylish. They are bright enough to help me safely walk to the kitchen during nighttime water tours.
As I place them in my hallway, I can see that they are useful in children’s bedrooms, bathrooms, and along stair walls.
Wyze cautions that the effectiveness of the motion sensor can be affected by ambient temperature, speed of movement, and your body size. In my tests, the night lights worked without a hitch – they stay reliably off during the day and then turn on automatically as soon as I (or my Pit Bull Bradley) get close to them at night.
The link function also worked as advertised – when one detects motion and turns on, the others light up in seconds. In automatic mode, they stay on for a short time (about 30 seconds) and then turn off automatically unless you pass them again.
Let there be light (night)
If you’re sick of tripping over dog shoes and toys during night trips to the bathroom, Wyze Night Light could be the perfect solution. Each $ 20 box comes with three motion-activated warm white wall lights that you can use individually in different rooms, or pair them so they all light up when motion is detected. They are easy to install and performed well in testing, and they turn on automatically when people and pets approach at night. The long battery life and easy USB-C recharging add to its appeal. They don’t support apps or voice control, but if you’re looking for an affordable, reliable, and hassle-free night lighting solution, Wyze Night Light is hard to beat.