Review: Wyze Night Lights is as basic as it gets for $20

Rechargeable night lights don’t get much simpler than that.

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Wyze nightlights are simple and effective devices that I happily recommend if you meet the following conditions:

  • You already have a USB-C cable to charge them because Wyze doesn’t include one
  • You don’t expect them to work with the Wyze app, other Wyze devices, or voice assistants
  • You plan to install them in low traffic areas where they won’t light up constantly and drain the batteries quickly

If that sounds like you, this $20 three-pack is a solid choice. Otherwise, I would avoid the Wyze Night Lights altogether. Let’s go.

Like

  • You get three rechargeable nightlights for just $20
  • You can synchronize up to 10 lights
  • They install in seconds with the included magnetic and adhesive strips

Do not like

  • A USB-C cable is not included
  • It doesn’t work with the Wyze app or has any smart features
  • Battery life may vary significantly depending on installation location

The details

Your $20 purchase includes three rechargeable interior nightlights, three magnetic mounting plates and three adhesive strips. As I said above, there is no app integration with this device, which is counter-intuitive for a Wyze product. I wish this worked with the Wyze app, even just for the initial setup and for basic on/off functionality. But its lack of smart features also makes it extremely easy to set up.

Wyze suggests installing night lights between 1.6 and 3.9 feet off the ground. Stick the adhesive strip on one side of the magnetic plate and then fix it to the wall. Connect the night light to the magnetic plate and you’re done.

Each night light has an automatic switch, off and on. “Auto” uses the dawn-to-dusk sensor to automatically turn the light on at night/when it’s dark and motion is detected. ‘On’ will keep the light on continuously until you turn it off or the battery runs out.

Once you’ve installed all your lights, you have two options: let them run independently or sync them so that when one light senses motion at night, the other lights turn on too. To operate each light independently, simply follow the instructions above for setup, put the light in auto mode, wait 30 seconds for it to complete pairing mode (the light will flash on and off) and you are ready.

If you want the lights to work together, put them all in automatic mode at the same time. They will go through the pairing process together and sync automatically. You can sync up to 10 Wyze night lights.

This is a good place to talk about battery life. According to Wyze, automatic mode can last up to 128 days when the lights are out of sync and up to 85 days if they are in sync. Both of these estimates are based on the fact that the lights are only triggered ten times per day. If the lights run continuously via the on switch, they should last up to 11 hours.

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Attach the adhesive strip to the magnetic mount. Then stick it to the wall. The nightlight connects to the magnet for easy installation/removal. Pull the adhesive tab to remove it from the wall.

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An indicator light on the front of each night light will begin flashing red when the battery is low. Use a USB-C charging cable to charge your light; it takes a few hours to fully recharge from scratch, says Wyze.

I’ve been testing my Wyze Night Lights for about a week now, with all three lights in sync. They worked exactly as expected, turning on when it’s dark and motion is detected. And when only one light detects movement, the others always light up. So far none of the lights have started flashing red to signal low batteries, but I also tested them in a low traffic part of the house.

At 4.5 lumens, the lights are bright enough to light my way without being overpowering or distracting. They have one color temperature of 2,500 Kelvin, which is a warm, yellow light.

The verdict

Wyze night lights are basic, but they get the job done. If you’re looking for a smart night light that you can operate from your phone or with voice command, this isn’t for you. Likewise, if you are planning to install these lights in a busy stairwell or hallway, think again. Wyze’s battery life estimates are based on lights being turned on just ten times a day. If you anticipate higher traffic than that, find a different product or know that you will be recharging each light much more often.

Also keep in mind that if you don’t already have a USB-C cable, you’ll need to buy one to charge your lights. This extra expense will be frustrating if you didn’t expect it and it lowers the overall value of these lights to $20. Whether you’re ok with all of these things or they’re not for you, Wyze night lights offer easy installation and good performance at a great price. Otherwise, look elsewhere.


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