Published on April 9, 2019

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Growing up, most of us found solace in a night-light, allowing it to be our (literal) guiding light and warder of the monsters lurking under our beds. Plus, how cute is a mini glow moon? These days, we hardly have a need for one, flicking up the flashlight feature on our phones if ever the occasion arises. But that’s about to change. The new crop of table lamps in quirky shapes and whimsical motifs is the grown-up answer to your fave night-light and they’re no longer limited to a little one’s room. Even the mattress-in-a-box giant Casper got in on the trend, unveiling a chic alternative geared toward adults.

Whether you’re still afraid of the dark (we won’t tell) or simply looking to conjure up a mellow vibe for your wind down, there’s a bedside light–turned-night-light prime for you. Read on to see the finds we’re swooning over right now.

If you want to wake up to a friendly face

Inspired by a character from an old-school Dutch children’s book, Miffy is here to illuminate your bedside with a side of cool.  

If you prefer it with a side of extra

Leave it to Swarovski to offer an analog night-light—it requires an electric tealight candle to function—that’s so flashy and radiant that you probably don’t even need the added flame inside.

If you could use the added touch of color

Given its ability to toggle between 16 LED hues, consider this dreamy lamp your ultimate source for mood lighting (and dare we say, the nouveau lava lamp?).

If you don’t mind the carbs

Who wouldn’t want to fall asleep to the ambient glow of an eerily realistic baguette?

If you have your head in the clouds

We went directly to the source and cribbed this wall-mounted fixture from the kids’ section at IKEA, but how sweet is it for adding a touch of whimsy to your space?

If you find yourself craving a midnight snack

Lull yourself to sleep while dreaming of an extra-cheesy slice.

If you’re bored with your ring dish

With its soft, silicone form and three distinct levels of brightness—which can be adjusted by squeezing the sides—this design also comes with mini antlers meant for storing jewelry.

If you’re a minimalist

The self-dimming feature of this portable, app-based night-light is one of its main draws, and the streamlined look makes it a seamless extension of your decor.

If you’re all about the cacti life

Fuel your love for prickly greens with this charming light—thorns not included.

If you need to squeeze in a few more hours of shut-eye

A lemon-shaped bulb cover transforms your run-of-the-mill night-light into a zesty statement piece.

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