SnapRays Guidelight - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

Out with antiquated nightlights - in with luminous Guidelights.

SnapPower Guidelight

SnapPower Guidelight

Night lights aren't just for those with nyctophobia – they're beneficial for lighting up hallways, closets, and other areas that might pose tripping hazards in the dark. They're also useful if you don't relish the thought of walking into a wall when you get up at night to take a wizz.

A major drawback with night lights is that they tie up one of the outlets on a wall receptacle. And, because most of them jut out from the wall,they can be broken or inadvertently knocked out of the receptacle. 

The new SnapPower Guidelights resolve these problems in a clever, effective, and inexpensive manner.

Duplex style (L); decor style (R)

Guidelights come in two formats – the traditional duplex (left photo above) and the more contemporary decor style (right photo above). Along with the ubiquitous white, colour choices include light almond and ivory.

Looks just like a receptacle plate

The SnapPower Guidelight looks just like a standard electrical receptacle cover plate, particularly on the front side (left photo above). The only difference is that there is a small hole in the lower left side of the plate (which houses a light sensor), and if you look closely under the bottom edge of the plate, you'll notice three very small LED lights. Turn the plate over (right photo above) and you'll notice two prongs. These feed power from the outlet to the LED lights.

That's pretty well it. No batteries, no cables, no bulk.

Installation is a snap

Installing a Guidelight is as easy as – removing the existing cover plate and inserting the Guidelight over the receptacle. The only tool you need is a Phillips (flat) head screwdriver. SnapPower recommends that you turn off the power to the receptacle (from your panelboard or breaker panel) before inserting the Guidelight. 

On the odd chance that the Guidelight doesn't illuminate as soon as you insert it onto the receptacle (place your finger over the light sensor to activate the Guidelight), it means that the power prongs aren't touching the side screw terminals on the receptacle. Extract the Guidelight and reinsert it.

These Guidelights won't work with GFCI outlets or light switches.

Bright, unobtrusive lighting and both outlets available for use

I installed three of these Guidelights – two in the kitchen and one in the hallway. They do a fabulous job – the light is bright (about 3 lumens), but not overly conspicuous, and they automatically turn off in the morning (or when the lights are switched on in the kitchen or hallway). And, both of the electrical outlets on the receptacle are available for use.

According to SnapPower each guidelight draws about 5 milliamps of power, consuming 0.10¢ to 0.15¢ of electricity per year. The LED bulbs should last about 25 years. Prorated over the life of the product, that's ridiculously inexpensive. And, at $15 per Guidelight, these have to be among the most cost efficient lighting solutions around.

The SnapPower Guidelights provide a very cost-effective, practical alternative to conventional nightlights. Even if you don't have a particular need for nightlights they make great accent lights in the kitchen, den, or living room. Highly recommended.


  • Duplex and Decor styles
  • White, light almond, ivory colours
  • Power consumption: 5 milliamps
  • Light output: 3 lumens
  • Lifespan: 25-years +/-
  • Annual operating cost: $0.10 (estimated, average)
  • Not compatible with GFCI outlets or light switches

MODEL:SnapPower Guidelight
PRICE:$15 single, $42 (3-pack), $65 (5-pack), $120 (10-pack)
July 2015

Carl Duguay
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