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Restore night light? Answered

Is there something I can do to make night lights like this work again?  The package always says 'lasts a lifetime', but somehow mine always die after just a few years. This has happened with several different brands.

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Jack A Lopez
Jack A Lopez

Best Answer 8 years ago

That looks like an electroluminescent (EL) panel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroluminescence

I found some chatter on the subject of these things failing, here:
http://www.electronics-related.com/usenet/design/show/147152-1.php

Some guesses from that link include:
excessive humidity and excessive voltage.

From the picture, it looks like you've got it plugged into an outlet with a ground fault breaker, like might be required by electrical code for a bathroom. 

A bathroom is a place that gets pretty humid, every time anyone takes a shower there.  So the high humidity, in that room, may be unavoidable.

Maybe you try a night light with a different light emitting technology, like LEDs, or neon bulbs, or uh, you know, something other than a EL panel, assuming EL panels are vulnerable to humidity.

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Vyger
Vyger

Answer 8 years ago

I replaced the switch in my bathroom with one that has a neon bulb inside so it lights the switch up. All you really need to find in the dark is the switch. And neon bulbs last pretty much forever.

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Jack A Lopez
Jack A Lopez

Answer 8 years ago

Yeah. Those are nice. I've got a neighbor, whose house has those neon-illuminated switches on every light switch in his house. It takes much of the challenge out of finding a light switch in the dark. Fortunately there's still the possibly of tripping over things on the floor.
;-)
I mean it would be a logical contradiction of some kind, if finding the light switch in the dark was just as easy as finding it in the light.

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mole1
mole1

Answer 8 years ago

I agree totally. The catch is the building code here requires light switches to be outside the bathroom. (Outlets are ok, so hair dryers, shavers, and presumably even hot plates are fine, but light switches are a no no. Gotta wonder.)

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

8 years ago

I'd bring it back to where you bought it from, especially if it claims to last a lifetime. Simply point out that you bought it, you are still alive and the night light is not, and therefore you want an adequate replacement.

The squeaky wheel gets the grease. ;-)

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Re-design
Re-design

Answer 8 years ago

Lifetime means "the time that can reasonably expected for the item", just as "all you can eat" doesn't actually mean all that you can literally consume without leaving.

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

Answer 8 years ago

I'm not taking the phrase literally... However, if the OP was to go to the store and politely spoke to the manager saying, "I've bought X number of these from your store, they say they 'last a lifetime' and its stopped working". Chances are, they'll just give him another one...

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Re-design
Re-design

Answer 8 years ago

If they want to keep a happy customer they will.

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mpilchfamily
mpilchfamily

8 years ago

You'll find that a life time guarantee covers the life of the device. So when it dies thats the end of its life. So there is nothing you can do to get a free replacement of to fix the one you already have.

If you want them to last longer then keep them out of a bathroom or remove them before taking a bath/shower.