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Soft Lighting Keeps Monsters Away

As autumn descends this fall and long, bright days pave way to dark evenings, a lot of parents are going to be rudely awakened by their small child’s newly developed fear of darkness. According to WebMD, fear of the dark typically manifests itself around the ages of 2-3 when children reach the stage of brain development where the imagination takes off, but isn’t yet experienced enough to discern reality from non-reality yet. These kids aren’t screaming their heads off because they’re trying to manipulate you: they’re acid-tripped terrified. When the lights go out and they’re all alone, they enter a surreal, Salvador Dali world that feels quite real.

Most experienced parents will tell you that children this age also do not sleep well with all of the lights on, either. Not only can it be dangerous, no parent wants to wake up to find a new Crayola masterpiece on the walls and on the dresser and on the closet door and on the bed or have a cranky kid the next day. This is where nightlights usually come into play. They provide just enough light that kids can see a bit, but keeps the room dim enough to encourage sleep. Parents often make the mistake of purchasing nightlights themed with animals or favorite characters to make it special for the kid or to fit the décor. A lot of these end up in toy boxes, because they look like toys, which is a situation that isn’t going to play well at one in the morning when junior starts screaming because he thinks the giant fish chasing him in his dream are real. Not to mention the fact that it’s just a fundamentally bad idea to invite your children to play with electrical outlets.

LED lighting is a cost-effective way to incorporate a soft glow into your child’s room at night and it offers enough flexibility to incorporate right into the décor. One recent idea that we posted to Pinterest was a simple short length of rope lighting attached to the backside of the headboard, giving a nice soft glow that will not only keep the boogeyman away, but blends into the room as a design element. Another idea is to plug in your existing strands and throw them under the bed, Vegas-style. The beautiful part is that you can use what you already have to keep the monsters away. Use your imagination to help your child learn to live with her own.