It’s a bit embarrassing when friends come over and ask why I have night-lights all over the place. When I was a kid, I had night-lights because I was afraid of the dark. As an adult, I have them so I can pee late at night without turning on a light—or deal with that same sobering light if I come home late a bit drunk. Perhaps being afraid of the dark is a less embarrassing reason.
You may have seen them at a friend’s house in a hallway or bathroom or bedroom, and they may seem pretty advanced with their delicate glow and automatic adjustment to natural light, but don’t kid yourself, these are night-lights. It doesn’t matter if they’re called hallway illuminators or glow boxes. They’re just the adult version of a childish thing, like those upscale cupcake stores.
This isn’t to disparage the usefulness of night-lights to both kids and adults. The dark is totally scary, even if you’re a grown-up with a mortgage. That’s where monsters and sharp edges and things that you can stub your toe against reside. And for those times when you need a late-night pee…
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