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Here’s the scoop. The bulb on my daughter’s lava lamp night-light blew out. The tiny little replacement bulb is rather hard to find. Of course she mentioned it to me early in the day and I had completely forgotten about it until it was almost evening she reminded me that she didn’t have a night light.

Too tired to run to the store, I was struck with a brilliant idea. I went down to our storage room (which has just about everything but a kitchen sink) and found one of the solar lights that used to illuminate our front walkway until it was knocked over by an overzealous lawn cutter (never let pre-teens cut the grass without strict supervision).

I dusted off the solar light, replaced the dead AA batteries and sat the solar lamp on the kitchen table to charge the light’s solar panel. When it came time for bedtime, I took the solar lamp and placed it in my daughter’s room. It illuminated her room just enough to dispel her fear of the dark but not too much light to prevent her from sleeping.

The solar light remained lit through the entire night and automatically shut off when the natural sunlight brightened the room. I didn’t have to remind her to turn the night light off. It charges in her room during the day and illuminates it at night.

I know what you’re thinking. Those solar lights are not very attractive. They must look really bad in a child’s room. Well, that’s where a child’s imagination comes in. A bottle or two of sparkle paint with a few decals and it fits right in.

My daughter is thrilled at her new energy efficient solar light and so am I.

About the author: Felicia has learned the hard way that health, whether good or bad, is a result of daily choices and habits. On this blog, Felicia shares what she’s learned and the healthier choices she now makes as a result of her new knowledge. She hopes to encourage others to experiment to find alternative solutions to nagging problems (she’s also is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment).

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