“ Brand: Trousselier / Type: Night Light „
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This Night light was a gift my father gave to my son when he was around 1 years old. At the time he was obviously not capable of asking for a night light or voicing any concerns of being scared in the dark. However it was something we started to use when he was young so there was a light in his room if we needed to go into his room for any reason in the night. Now that he is an active 3 and a half year old it is still in daily use so I thought it was about time I wrote a review on it.
What is it and our experience
This is an electric plug in night light rather than a battery operated light. The main body of the unit is a cube that comprises of four wooden upright pieces of wood and between each of these is a white plastic type material, I am unsure what it is but it is very similar to the type of material that old fashioned slides are made of in my opinion. This white material is stretched quite taught over the frame and gives little pings if it gets tapped. Underneath this structure there is a metal wire frame that stops the circus scene middle falling off. In the middle there is a cylindrical section that contains the bulb this is encased in further heat resistant plastic with some holes at the top to let the hot air rise which is what turns the circus scene inside. The circus scene is on a blue background with elephant's, juggler's stars, seals balancing balls on it. The top there is an almost enclosed red section that is curved with slats in it to allow the heat to move through them and turn the scene. This is scene is suspended and attached to the main body of the lamp by a small pivot pin that rest of n the top of the cylindrical bulb section. This all makes it sound very complicated but it is very simple really you turn the lamp on and after a few minutes the heat from the bulb project the circus image onto the clear section and this revolves around to give you delightful circus images. The curved gapes from the top also project clear curves of light onto the ceiling.
The whole lamp measures 17cm x 17cm x 19cm so it is a nice and tidy size to fit on dressing tables.
When we first started to use this lamp our son was still in a cot so we had no concerns about him being able to knock this over or damage it in anyway so it stayed on the high dressing table in his room. As he progress to his bed we decide we wanted to keep this up high where it could still be seen from his bed by him but not be on his bedside table as this may result in it getting damaged. I think this has been the right decision as it is quite a fragile item and other things have got knocked in his room on his bedside table by either him climbing in and out of bed or just being rough in his room. Whilst I don't mind replacing a cheap clock I think at around £40 this is not something I want to risk getting damaged. The box it self talks about this not being a toy and only suitable for children over 3 years due to small parts and whilst I agree it shouldn't be in reach of young children due to its fragile nature and small parts such as the revolving pin. I do think if it is out of children reach then it is a delightful thing to have in a nursery room both with this scene and others from the same range such as fairies and princess like my niece has.
The light that this lamp casts is a lovely soft light that is enough to light up the room for a child to be able to see what is in there but not enough to stop them thinking it is night and being unable to sleep. My son by this light is able to find his way to his potty and back for calls of nature and when he was younger I was able to see sufficiently well to do a night time feed or change a nappy in subdued light. It is however I think not bright enough unless you are sat directly next to it to read a book so we always have the over head light on dim for bed time stories.
The image my father picked for our son was the circus theme he picked this as it had bright colorful pictures of an elephant a seal and a clown all of which he thought would appeal to our son. My dad was right and he often loves just watching it at times on a night to see some of these animals and the clown. He will make sure his light is on when we go up for bed time on a night as he likes it so much. If he wakes up in the night upset from a bad dream as well as a cuddle to help him resettle we often watch the night light going round and spotting the elephant seems to help him calm down and settle on occasions.
I would recommend that if you have one that you switch it on a few minutes before your child goes into the bedroom as the times I forget and switch it on when my son is there his first question is why is it not turning or going round. It does take a few minutes to start to revolve I find the length of time is dependant on the temperature in his room and on colder evenings the difference between the lamp and the rest of the room means it starts to turn sooner than it does on hot evenings.
We find by my son having a night light he is a very settled in the night and if he wakes up and we hear noises from his room and he isn't scared from a nightmare then he is able to resettle himself in his room as he has a light to see by. I think this is great as it means I can get a bit more sleep too. He seems to find the soft light cast by the light and the rotating images to be very calming and reassuring.
When we first got it I was a little concerned about it going on over night but a quick chat with the shop where my dad bought it reassured me as the bulb is such a low wattage that similar to cooker ovens that it is unlikely to cause a fire hazard. As this takes a low wattage bulb 12V rated 20W SES bulb I do think is very safe to be left on over night now. The lamp has a flick button on and off switch that is easy to use.
As this is made by a French company it seems to come with a transformer plug for it rather than a standard British issue plug and it has two prongs going into the transformer plug this seems to work well and we have had no problems with the transformer in all the time we have had the light.
To keep this clean and to keep it rotating it does need to be cleaned regularly as I find if there is a build up of dust on it then it doesn't rotate as well. The instructions suggests wiping the internal cylinder with a window cleaning solution I also use the same on the plastic scene and this seems to keep it rotating very easily.
In the two years of use so far we haven't had to actually replace the bulb which is guaranteed now to go I have written these words. How you change the bulb is that you unscrew the cylinder in the middle lift out the old bulb and replace and re-screw. This actually looks very simple to do. I will of course update this review if this happens to let you know if it is as simple as it looks.
I would definitely recommend not only the circus night light but any other scene that you think would appeal to your child. The light gives a lovely warm glow that is nice and soothing to a child in the night but still allows them to navigate their way around the bedroom if they need to for such things potty trips. The circus scene appeals to my son due to the inclusion of animals which he loves and he finds these incredibly soothing on a night if he is upset. I would however make sure they are out of reach of children as they are quite fragile to the touch. It is currently available on Amazon for £39.99 from the following link http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Lantern-Childrens-Night-Circus/dp/B005FFT2EU