Today my son turned ten.
I have no idea how it happened, especially since it feels like we brought him home from the hospital just last week. Last night before bed I gave him my annual weepy mom-on-the-night-before-a-birthday routine.
Me: “I can’t believe my 5-pound baby is turning ten years old tomorrow.”
Him: “Get over it, Mom.”
Sigh. Then I promptly shut off the light and left the room. Next I stopped in to see my younger son. Luckily I still have one who does not think he is too cool for me. He even likes to chat before bed.
Him: “Tomorrow we get to have birthday cake for my brother, right?”
Me: “We sure do.”
Him: “Then I want to go to sleep right now so tomorrow will get here sooner. Good night. Love you, Mom.”
And that was that. So much for chatting. What used to be a bedtime routine of cuddles and stories and lullabies has now become a routine of procrastinating until the last possible second then going to sleep in a hurry.
However, my youngest still will not hit the sack unless there is enough light for him. Between his light, his fan, his clock, and the light in the hallway, I joke that he uses more electricity while he is asleep than most people do all day. However, it is not so much of a joke. The kid is single-handedly running up our electric bills while he is sleeping. So recently when I had the opportunity to try Smart Electric’s Good Night Dimmer Smart Bulb I jumped on it.
This Smart Bulb is my new favorite invention ever. Seriously. You screw it into a lamp or fixture the same way as you would an old, dumb light bulb. What makes this one rock is that it has a chip in the base that controls the wattage. It is a self-dimming incandescent light bulb. In other words, it may start at 75 watts, but it gradually dims to a nightlight level over a 20 minute period.
Smart Electric also makes bulbs that flash in an emergency, as well as bulbs that shut off automatically in either 10 or 30 minutes. They also make bulbs that stay on for 6-hours, turn off for 18-hours and come back on at the same time the next day, making it less obvious when you are away from home. All of their bulbs last up to three times longer than standard bulb, and they all have a 2 year guarantee. See for yourself:
If you would like to try Smart Bulbs for yourself, they can be purchased at Amazon.com.
How do your kids fall asleep? Do they like to keep a light on at bedtime?
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