How To Replace An Outlet With An In-Wall Night Light

What are the night lights in your home like?

If they’re a little like the picture on the left, or if night lights in your mind only belong in children’s bedrooms, this post is for you.

First; night lights, unlike Trix cereal, are not just for kids. Ever fallen on a dark flight of stairs? Or blindly stumbled to the bathroom in the middle of the night?  Night lights are points of safety illumination – and they don’t have to be eyesores.

Our in-wall night lights are fantastic solutions if you’re looking for sophisticated, smart night lights that give off a bright glow! I recently installed several in my fiance’s house.

This post will walk you through the installation. It’s fairly easy and can be done in an afternoon. If you have drab night lights that need to be switched on manually, it’ll be a huge improvement.

Materials Needed:

  • Phillips or Flat-Head Screwdriver (Depending on your existing outlet’s screws)
  • Electrical Tape
  • Wire Cutters
  • LED In-Wall Night Lights (Wirenuts and screws included in package)


1. Snap off the faceplate cover from your LED In-Wall Night Light.

2. Turn off the circuit breakers and the electricity in the room you are working. It’s a good idea to verify that you have successfully turned off the power before you start your project. Simply plug in a small lamp that you know is working, and ensure it does not turn on. You can also use a circuit tester to confirm this if you have one.

3. Use a screwdriver to remove the faceplate screw and faceplate of your existing electrical outlet, then remove the two mounting screws to release it from the wall box.

4. Pull your existing electrical outlet away from the wall so you can see the wires. Use the wire cutters to snip the existing outlet from the wires, and remove it completely.

5. Take a look at your LED In-Wall Night Light. There are three wires that extend from it: black, white, and green/yellow. You will need to connect these wires with their corresponding colors of your house wires. Black connects with black, white connects with white, etc. The green/yellow wire is the one that connects with your ground wire.

Use the wirenuts to secure the wires together. (If you have never done this before, watch this video for a visual).

6. Secure the connections with electrical tape to ensure that the wires will stay inside the wirenuts.

When you are finished, it should look a little something like the picture to the right.

7. Push the wires and the in-wall night light back into the wall (this may require a few minutes of maneuvering – it’s a tight fit, but it can be done).

8. Screw in the two fastening screws to secure the new wall box. Then, snap the faceplate cover back on. You’re done!

9. Turn on the power again and enjoy your new in-wall night lights.


Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.

3 thoughts to “How To Replace An Outlet With An In-Wall Night Light”

  1. How bright are these lights? Can you post your night time pics as well?


  2. Cliff, I will. After doing this project I discovered that my camera takes terrible night-time photos, so I’ve had trouble getting a shot that shows the light output.

    They give off a good amount of light; and the light output actually adjusts depending on how dark the room is. I knew the night light was automatic, but I assumed it would be either on or off. In fact, the night light gets progressively brighter as your room gets darker, and vice versa.

    Check back on Monday – I promise I’ll have good night time pics then 🙂

  3. I added a couple of night time photos. Again, it’s a little difficult to tell the exact light output, but you can see in the first one that the LEDs throw a good deal of light onto the carpet below.

    It certainly provides enough illumination to walk safely in a dark hallway with no other light source.

    Hope those photos help! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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