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Safe Footing in the Dark with an LED Night Light

Gene and Katie Hamilton
Gene and Katie Hamilton

Combining an electrical receptacle with an LED (light emitting diode) night light seems like an idea long overdue. The night light element is controlled by a photo sensor that turns on in the dark and off in daylight. The device we installed is manufactured by Cooper Wiring and replaced a two-prong outlet in a hallway where a standard plug-in night light took up the chore for years. The new device doesn’t have to be turned on at night and off in the morning because it automatically senses when it’s needed.

An electrician will charge $110 to remove a two-prong receptacle and install an LED night light receptacle, which includes labor and material. Assuming you have experience working with electrical projects and tools, you can buy the device for $15 and replace it. You’ll find the device sold at home centers, electrical suppliers and online.

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