It’s no secret that many kids are scared of the dark. If you’re a human being with a pulse, there’s a good chance you used to be one of them. But at some point, your kids need to sleep, and a brightly-lit room is not the best environment for that. One solution is to use a simple nightlight. As a matter of fact, it’s such a popular solution that manufacturers often build them into other household products. For example, there are many HEPA filters that come with built-in night lights.
A built-in nightlight is a utilitarian solution that gets the job done and keeps nightmares at bay. But what if you wanted to go the other direction? In that case, you’d want a night light that’s purpose-built to make your room a pleasant atmosphere. A night light star projector isn’t just a great choice for kids. It’s a great way for kids of all ages to bring life to a dark room.
We’re about to look at three of the best night light star projectors available. We’ll begin by reviewing the BlissLights Sky Lite. This is a compact, alarm clock-sized night light that nonetheless provides big-time illumination. Next, we’ll be looking at the Yamla Smart Galaxy Light Projector. This is a larger projector that also doubles as a Bluetooth speaker. Finally, we’ll examine the Elecbytes Star Projector. This is a more playful, globe-style projector that’s better for small children. Which one of these is the best? To find out, we’ll need to dig a little deeper. We’re about to take a close look at each projector’s benefits, features, and drawbacks. After that, we’ll be well-informed enough to render our verdict. Let’s get started!
BlissLights Sky Lite
The BlissLights Sky Lite is designed to look like a traditional, old-school alarm clock. It has a white ABS plastic body that stands vertically, with the controls on the front. However, on the top, you won’t find a pair of bells. Instead, you’ll find a pair of projector lenses. They can be either be blue and green or a pair of blue lenses, depending on the variant. On the bottom of the case, there are not two, but three protrusions that serve as legs. Since only two legs touch the ground at once, the Sky Lite can be tilted in either direction. This allows you to angle the lenses differently to achieve different effects. At 1.6 pounds, it’s also fairly lightweight. It can easily be moved from place to place, even by a child.
The front of the unit houses the controls, which consist of a simple three buttons. The top is a power button, which is self-explanatory. The second is a play/pause button, which starts or stops the Sky Lite’s motion. The last is a timer button, which activates the sleep timer. This simple design makes the Sky Lite very easy to operate, even when you’re groggy. It’s powered by an AC adapter, so you don’t have to worry about batteries. On the downside, the cord is only three feet long, so you’ll have to think about outlet placement. This is unnecessarily short, and we would have been happier with at least a six-foot cord. Still, on most nightstands, you should be just fine.
Lighting Modes and Options
The Sky Lite uses two lenses to project two overlapping images. Diode lasers paint a blue nebula cloud across your wall or ceiling. Then, the second lens projects a drifting field of stars across them. Depending on the variant of Sky Lite you’re using, these stars can be either green or blue. This is solely a matter of personal preference, and has no bearing on any of the Sky Lite’s other features.
When used in a normal-sized bedroom, the Sky Lite produces a pleasing, low-intensity glow. It’s enough light to get up for a glass of water, but not enough to interfere with sleep. In a larger room, it’s not going to be quite as bright. However, it can still be used for ambience. This makes the Sky Light highly versatile. It’s equally well-suited to helping kids sleep and helping grownups enjoy some atmosphere.
Regardless of how it’s used, the Sky Lite runs on a six-hour timer. This is designed to save power, since it will shut off just a couple of hours before dawn. It will also last through most activities where it might be used for atmosphere. If you want to spend another few hours in your man cave, it’s no big deal. Just turn the light back on and you’ve got another six hours to play with.
Yamla Smart Galaxy Light Projector
The Yamla Smart Galaxy Light Projector is designed more for ambiance than it is for sleeping. This isn’t to say that it can’t be used for sleep — it certainly can! But with the built-in Bluetooth speaker, you can use it for a whole lot more. Listen to an audiobook while you work or drift off to sleep, or pop in some music for a lively party atmosphere.
The body of the Smart Galaxy Light Projector is a round unit with a bowl-shaped base. It’s just over 6 ½ inches in diameter, and weighs a sprightly 1.5 pounds. The light housing is located in the top of the base. It’s shaped like a multi-faceted crystal, with a clear finish that’s easy to wipe down when needed. It glows brightly when lit, although the color will depend on your color settings.
The controls are located on the front, as are the input and output ports. To the left, there’s a USB Type-A port for a thumb drive or external hard drive. To the right, there’s a USB Type-C port that functions as a power jack. An AC adapter is included, but the Smart Galaxy Light Projector can run on any 5-volt USB power supply. Needless to say, this low voltage does limit your speaker volume somewhat. But for anything but a very loud gathering, it should be loud enough.
The controls themselves are located in the center. There, you’ll find buttons for controlling both your music and your light. We particularly appreciated the fact that the volume is adjusted by a dial, not a set of buttons. In practice, this doesn’t make it noticeably more precise. It’s just easier to adjust by scrolling than by continually tapping buttons. You can also control the Smart Galaxy Light Projector remotely. The Smart Life WiFi app is free on Android and iOS, and is easy to use. You can even install the Smart Life Alexa skill and control your light via voice commands.
Lighting Modes and Options
Using Alexa or the smartphone app, you can switch the Smart Galaxy Light Projector between three different modes. The patterns are star, nebula, and ocean wave, which are fairly self-explanatory. You can also adjust the speed of movement and the brightness. This is a huge benefit, since different rooms and uses have different lighting requirements. Finally, you can choose between 10 different colors. This allows you to match the Smart Galaxy Light Projector to your home’s decor. Like the Sky Lite, it also has a sleep timer. However, the timer is actually adjustable. It can be set to one, two, or four hours. It won’t last all night, but it’s great for falling asleep and staying asleep.
As we mentioned, the Smart Galaxy Light Projector can play audio. It supports USB inputs from any MP3 source. Similarly, you can connect via Bluetooth and play from your smartphone or MP3 player. About the only thing you can’t do is connect via a 3.5mm aux cable. Even so, you’ve got plenty of options.
Elecbytes Star Projector
The Elecbytes Star Projector was purpose-built for kids. It’s shaped like a globe, and rests on a low, arched base. The housing is plastic, and is available in four colors: black, white, blue, or pink. The top half of the globe houses the lights, and has a star pattern on the surface. The entire unit weighs only 1.05 pounds, so it’s lightweight and easy to carry when needed.
This portability is further enhanced by the Star Projector’s battery-operated design. There’s a USB port on the back of the base, which allows you to charge the 1,200mAh internal battery. When fully charged, the light will run for about 13 hours, more than enough to get through the night. Alternatively, you can just leave the USB cord plugged in all the time. It will be one less thing to worry about, and the battery will still be there for you if the power goes out.
The front of the base houses a control panel. There are only five buttons, and they have a soft-touch operation. This makes operation simple, even for a child. There’s also an LCD display in the top middle of the control panel. The display shows the time remaining on the sleep timer, and isn’t overly bright. Alternatively, you can control the Star Projector with the small remote that’s included in the kit. It has a range of 32 feet, so you can use it across even a very large room.
Lighting Modes and Options
The Elecbytes Star Projector has eight different color options for plenty of versatility. When the light is active, the top of the globe will slowly rotate. The star-shaped cutouts will move around the surface, causing stars to move around the room. This simple design is fun and playful, perfect for a child’s bedroom. Moreover, the motor is silent. You have to put your ear up to the housing to hear it. This means it won’t keep your little ones up at night.
Like the previous options on our list, the Star Projector has a sleep timer. However, it’s got a bit more range than the others. It can be adjusted anywhere from five to 999 minutes. 999 minutes is 16 hours, 39 minutes. You’re never going to need a timer that long, but you’ll probably never need a five-minute timer, either. The point is that you can certainly set the timer for any reasonable time.
As you can see, each one of these night light star projectors has its own strengths and weaknesses. Let’s quickly recap what we’ve learned. We started out by examining the BlissLights Sky Lite. This light is the most versatile of the bunch, since it’s suitable for both sleep and atmosphere. It also runs on AC power. Despite the short cord, you won’t have to worry about batteries running out prematurely. On the other hand, there are only two color options, and both of those are baked into the design. If you want anything but blue or green, you’re going to need to choose a different option. That said, if you want a multi-purpose projector, the Sky Lite is a solid choice.
Next, we looked at the Yamla Smart Galaxy Light Projector. We should start out by saying that it, too, is fairly versatile. It has several features that can be used for both sleeping and ambience. For instance, you can play audio files. Whether that means soft, relaxing sleep music or loud, energetic party music depends on your purposes. Similarly, the option of 10 different colors is pretty impressive. This allows you to match most decor and situations. The only downside here is that the Yamla projector is a bit large, and is a bit complex for kids to use. On the upside, it has a ton of value to offer for grownups.
Last, we reviewed the Elecbytes Star Projector. This projector is playful and cute, perfect for kids. With eight different color options, you can suit it to a variety of tastes and decoration schemes. Its AC-powered design means you don’t have to worry about charging a battery. And the included remote adds a lot of extra value. It might not be part of a “mature” decoration scheme, but the Star Projector is an ideal choice for children’s bedrooms.