The Evolution of the NightLight

The Evolution of the Nightlight

Throughout the centuries, lighting has been somewhat of a human fascination. As early as 70,000 BC, people were coming up with ways to light up their cave interiors using animal fat and moss. Of course, there is an obvious necessity for indoor lighting, but nowadays, the aesthetics of the lighting is just as important as the functionality.
What we know as a night light today has come a long way.

Shell Lamps

“Lamp” is used loosely in this instance. The earliest lighting was basically moss, or any other dry, flammable substance available placed in a shell or hollowed out stone and lit on fire.

Oil Lamps

Oil lamps were probably the first lighting product created for convenience. The first oil lamps were made out of clay or stone and shaped a little like a lamp you might rub expecting a genie to pop out. Imagine how advanced these oils seemed to people who had been lighting moss on fire for centuries!


The first candles were made out of substances like tallow (fat). The oldest candles that remain originated in China from about 200 BC, but they are thought to have been invented as early as 2,000 BC. They probably weren’t associated with the pleasant scents we have today, and were used strictly out of necessity for nighttime lighting.

Kerosene Lamps

Kerosene lamps were thought to have been invented as early as 900 BC, but would be used for many centuries afterward. The more modern version along with the glass hurricane chimney we are familiar with would be invented much later. These are still used in some parts of the world where electricity is not available.

Gas Lighting

In the early 1800s, inventors began experimenting with gas lighting, even forming the first gas company in 1813.

Electric Lighting

Very soon after gas lighting was introduced, electric lighting took the stage. In 1841, arc lighting was used experimentally to light Paris, and in 1856, a glass-blower confined the electric lighting to a glass tube, inventing what we know today as a light bulb.


The nightlight, as we know it, was invented in the 1960s for the purpose of giving the inventor’s children a sense of security.
Today, we use nightlights for the same purpose. But we also use them for functionality for other reasons. Lighting a hallway at night, for example, is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Keeping your guests from tripping over the hall table can be a great reason to find ways to light common pathways.


This is where SnapPower GuideLights come in. GuideLights are easy to install outlet covers that illuminate the area from the bottom of the cover, leaving the outlets completely free for other uses. The remarkable technology creates a modern ambience of gentle light that uses sensors to “knows” when to turn itself on.
These genius little creations can serve as nightlights for the children or simple guides as the name suggests for common areas. Installing them under counters, for example, provides the perfect amount of lighting to turn the coffee pot on in the morning without flipping the light switches on.

GuideLights are the most modern form of a nightlight you will find. There’s no longer a need for a bulky nightlight that takes up your entire outlet, and that you have to plug in or remember to turn on every night. Taking up literally no space on your wall, the SnapPower GuideLight is the ultimate solution to all your nightlight needs.

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