What color should the night light be?

The night light should be an orientation aid for your child so that they can find their way around better in the dark and are less anxious. There are a few different types to choose from and especially with modern night lights this can quickly lead to excessive demands.

Should the night light have a certain color and do they even have an impact on sleep?

Find out which color makes the most sense for the night light.


It shouldn’t come as a surprise that light has a significant impact on sleep behavior. After all, the light primarily serves to orient the day-night rhythm. It was only with the widespread introduction of electricity that people began to carry out activities mainly in the dark. So it’s a rather modern phenomenon that people are still active after sunset.

Even if it sounds a bit surprising, the modern city dweller inside is closer to his Stone Age ancestors than he would think possible. We use smartphones and are able to communicate with people all over the world, but that doesn’t matter inside.

The body clock is based still mainly at the sunlight. This becomes particularly clear in winter, when the amount of light decreases in the European latitudes. People become less active, prefer to stay at home and winter depression can occur. A wake-up light , for example , which simulates the light of the sun, helps against winter depression . This should already show that people and their mood are significantly influenced by light.

It is therefore also important that the right lighting mood is selected for the night light. Otherwise, exactly the opposite effect could occur and the night light would be more likely to be perceived as an obstacle.

The hormone melatonin plays a key role in sleep behavior. This is also known as the sleep hormone. When it gets dark outside and night falls, the body produces more melatonin. He is now put into a state of rest and prepares for the night.

If it gets lighter in the morning, the production of the sleep hormone is slowed down. The body gently wakes up over a period of a few hours.

So that the melatonin is completely broken down, it is important to spend some time outdoors even in winter. Even when the sun is not shining, around 15 to 30 minutes should be spent outside every day . This is a wonderful tool to combat fatigue.


The white light is often used in lamps because it gives a particularly bright impression . But the white light is completely unsuitable for the night for several reasons .

Subjectively, the feeling that the white light appears brighter may be greater, but the opposite effect occurs. The white light breaks down the pigment rhodopsin, which makes the eye more sensitive to light. In short, it is worse adapted to the night. This leads to night blindness and orientation is even more difficult. For this reason, most of the instruments in vehicles do not have white, but reddish displays.

Another effect of the white light is that the production of the sleep hormone melatonin is inhibited . The white light has a larger proportion of blue in the light color. This is interpreted by the body as natural daylight and therefore the sleep hormone is hardly released any more.

As a result, sleep disorders occur. This phenomenon can also be caused by smartphones and computer screens. Therefore, electronic devices with displays should be avoided about 2 hours before going to bed .


Reddish light is much more suitable for children’s night lights . Traditionally, the lights were reddish at night anyway, as the filament creates this warm color. It was only with the advent of LEDs that there was greater freedom in choosing colors.

Since the reddish light mimics a sunset , this light color is much more pleasant to the eye. The body is neither put into day mode nor impaired sleep.

Reddish night lights are best because they mimic the sunset.

The classic, slightly reddish night lights for the socket are the best solution for sleep. The only thing that should be ensured is that this light is not too bright. Because in addition to the light color, the brightness also has an impact on sleep. If it is too bright, it is generally more difficult for the body to go into sleep mode.

night light with a motion detector can be a good compromise here. These models only light up when movement is heard nearby. So when your child needs to go to the toilet or you want to get something to drink from the kitchen. Therefore, these night lights are also ideal for the hallway and the large light does not have to be switched on.


To provide a little variety in the children’s room, there are starry sky projectors or turtles as night lights . These are extraordinary models that are supposed to take away the fear of the dark.

The colored lights do not affect sleep behavior. Similar to red lamps, the production of melatonin remains unaffected. Blue colors aren’t a problem either. The harmful light color only affects white illuminants. There is a certain amount of blue that disturbs sleep.

But when it comes to the mentioned projectors or turtles, these represent a mixture of toys and night light. They are not suitable for permanent use during the night and rather serve as a sleep aid so that your child feels more comfortable in their own bed.

Above all, if you want to offer the best possible sleep, choose the classic reddish night lights. These are easy on the eye and do not impair sleep behavior.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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