I’ve always loved to have a lamp on my night stand, but over the years they go out of style or break and are typically expensive to replace. So here is my solution to having a nice inexpensive soft light on my night stand: Vase Rope-Light
I had these rope lights lying around and a flower vase from a wedding (you can also use a fish bowl or another fun shaped item).
– Rope Lights: mine where like $10
– Vase/Fish bowl: $FREE from a wedding
Simply wrap the lights up and stuff them into the vase. The end will stick out of the top but I don’t mind it, it looks great in my room.
I just love this light, it’s perfect for just chilling and watching TV without having a bright overhead light shining in your eyes and I have mine plugged into a foot switch to turn it on, which is great when your hands are full. If you have kids these are a fun way to light their rooms or to use as a night-light in a hallway or room. According to the National Sleep Foundation, (click name to read entire article)
“In the mornings, with exposure to light, the SCN sends signals to raise body temperature and produce hormones like cortisol. The SCN also responds to light by delaying the release of other hormones like melatonin, which is associated with sleep onset and is produced when the eyes signal to the SCN that it is dark. Melatonin levels rise in the evening and stay elevated throughout the night, promoting sleep.
In teenagers, research has shown that melatonin levels in the blood naturally rise later at night than in most children and adults. Since teens may have difficulty going to bed early to get enough sleep, it can help to keep the lights dim at night as bedtime approaches. It can also help to get into bright light as soon as possible in the morning.”