The Drill-Free, $25 Sconce That Doubles as a Flashlight (It’s Rechargeable!)

published Nov 11, 2022
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Moving around your home in the dark can be an adventure in itself, especially when you’re tired. It could be as simple as flipping a switch to turn on the lights, but sometimes that’s not enough, depending on how much reach your light fixtures have. In my rental, I have to go down half of my long hallway before I reach the sconce that illuminates the space, so I often use my phone to make up for it. I never thought about supplemental light until I was directed to a product on Amazon that I didn’t even know existed. Shoppers have used it in hallways, stairwells, bathrooms and more, and it’s a quick fix that even renters like me can take advantage of. The Chilvane Magnetic Motion-Sensor Light is small-space friendly, kid-friendly, and rechargeable; which saves money in the long run. The fact that it costs less than $30 is just an added bonus.

Chilvane’s rechargeable and magnetic Motion Sensor Light is as simple as it looks, and can be placed in a number of locations in the home. Many hang it on their wall as a sconce, but it can also lay flat on the counter and be moved however it’s convenient. It’s made up of a sleek cylindrical light and a magnetic base that holds it in place when not in use, and it’s stylish enough to double as decor. There’s no hardwiring or drilling required as the base can be attached to any smooth surface with the help of a 3M adhesive pad or Command strips. “I ordered this night light for our bathroom as the littles in the home are always complaining it’s too dark, and I thought this would be a great way to provide some light for them in the evenings,” said one Amazon reviewer. “I love the ease of use! It’s so easy to charge and even easier to install to your wall. It took about two minutes to get it up and going.”

The Chilvane smart light has two modes, one that uses constant light and the other for motion-sensor activation. The latter is the preferred method of use as the light will be able to go for months before needing another charge versus hours when it’s constantly left on. It’s not made to operate like your everyday, in-home lighting, but as a complementary tool for what’s already in place. The light detaches from the base and can be carried like a torch, so you can get to where you need to go without fumbling for any pull strings or switches in the dark. “This is such a great idea and the kiddos love it because it’s like a flashlight,” said a shopper. “No more annoying hallway nightlights that make us all sleep with the door closed because they can just grab this on the way out. take it to the bathroom with them. and then put it back when they return or take it back to bed with them if they’ve had a nightmare. It also doubles as a lightsaber I’ve been told.”

Similar lights to this model can be as high as three times as much, so to find a light that’s this effective is really a steal. “I placed these lights at the top and bottom of our stairwell, and it works great,” said a review. “Guests comment on how unique they are. It’s a sophisticated and beautiful nightlight.” Say so long to bumps (into walls, furniture, toys…) in the night with this affordable find that the whole family can enjoy.