6 Things To Get If You’re Afraid Of The Dark (Don’t Worry, We Won’t Tell Anyone)

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Remember those glow-in-the-dark stars you had on your bedroom ceiling as a kid? Or maybe your children have them on their ceilings now? Whether they’re for fun—or to quell the darkness in your room—they make a great addition to pitch black bedrooms. (Yes, even if you’re an adult… without kids!)

If you’re afraid of the dark (don’t worry, we won’t tell) – or know someone who is – look no further than these night-light-type ideas to give you a little bit of light when you need to make the darkness more manageable.

1. Add Some Glow-In-The-Dark Star Throw Pillows

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When I found these glow-in-the-dark pillows, I HAD to have them. (Plus, they’re a nice addition to the plastic glow-in-the-dark stars you put on the ceiling!) These glow-in-the-dark pillows are from the GlowInTheDarkBedtime Etsy shop and, once you expose the white side to a bright light for just a minute (!), they’ll start to glow. And, no batteries are wasted with an item that stays on all night. The glow will disappear in about an hour—it all depends on how much time the pillow got in the light earlier. In addition, one side is fleece and the other is the glow-in-the-dark plush fabric, which makes for a cuddly pillow no matter if it’s glowing or not.

2. DIY Glow-in-the-Dark Lava Lamp

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You can make this glow-in-the-dark lava lamp from mjohns3 via Instructables with the whole family… and all you’ll need is water, vegetable oil, Alka-Seltzer tablet(s), glow sticks, and scissors. In less than five minutes, you’ll have a night light that’s way more unique than one you can buy at the store. Plus, your kids will love the satisfaction of having made it themselves.

3.  Electrical Outlet Night Light

If you want a little light around your room so you can easily get to the bathroom, try out this cool night light.  It doesn’t require batteries or special wiring and just snaps on. Pretty neat.

4. DIY Floating Cloud Lights

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Fairy lights are so magical, they’ll quell any fears of the dark. After all, some fairies help make dreams come true, right? With fairy lights, you can get creative as you want to be. For instance, in this photo from the Paris Public Library Teen Blog, the artist made Floating Cloud Lights. Are they the coolest, or what? I guarantee no one else you know will have these in their rooms, so get busy making some, then go sleep under the clouds!

5. Stars, Stars, And More Stars

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Of course, what would a dark bedroom be without glowing stars? With this lamp, the Star and Dot Pendant, you can have tons of stars—and planets—shining on the ceiling on an as-needed basis (versus the sticker kinds you affix to the ceiling). It’s available from The Land of Nod, and a must-have for any dark room.

6. Add The Moon To Your Room

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Uncle Milton – Moon In My Room will give the look and allure of the moon, but in your very own bedroom. I bought a guy friend in his thirties this and he loved it. (I also saw it in the room of my friend’s 7-year-old.) No matter what your age may be, no one’s too young or old for the Moon In My Room. You can choose from 12 different phases of the moon. Plus, it has a remote control, so you don’t even have to get out of bed should you want a moon-less night.

You can check out how it works here:

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Photo by European Southern Observatory