Bedside Light Control...

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Contemplating putting in philips hue bulbs and a dimmer on/off switch next to the bedsides. Problem is cost/convenience. Instead of $5 LED bulbs, they are $20 bulbs and a $30 control. Do you think it's worth the money. So that's $90 to $130 per room, do you think that guests will appreciate it, or it's just money spent on nothing?

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In one of our rooms, the bathroom fan in the ceiling has a fan, heater, light and a green night light.  It has 4 rocker switches for controls.

All of our rooms have ceiling fans over the bed.  The fans have a light also and are remote controlled.

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Do you have power strips next to the bed where people can plug in phone chargers or a CPAP machine?  If not, you might consider doing something like that before spending so much money on lighting.  My biggest pet peeve when traveling is lack of plug-ins by the bed.  So many people have cell phones they use as flashlights these days and most people use the bathroom right before bed...so I would think they would flip the light off on the way back from the bathroom and then use their phone for a light.  

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I use these in one of our vacation rentals.  There are two full outlets on each bedside lamp. Very few outlets in the apartment.  We didn't update the 1970s wiring when we purchased.  The convenience outlets get used

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I have universal outlets on the bedside table and USB outlets. So that my guests from outside of North America can use the plugs as well. 

What I'm talking about is having a control for the central light at bedside.

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I spent $60 on alarm clocks with 2 outlets & 2 USB ports on them. Guests still unplug lights and crawl under desks to plug in their phones & tablets. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0178ECW6A/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I even put signs next to the alarm clocks that say, "Charge your stuff here!" 

I initially bought alarm clocks with just the 2 USB ports on the front. Apparently they are too confusing to use bc guests rarely used them. I finally put a diagram next to them to explain to iPhone users that they need to take off the little white outlet cube. Now they're used more. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017KNVZQM/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

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I got one of those clocks to test it. Same thing. Then I got cube clocks which seem to be easier to understand.

The cube clocks I got are bigger and more cubic.

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If you don't have lights next to the bed already, then yes. Or, if your light switch is on the wall next to the door, 5 km away from the bed, then yes.

If your lights are next to the bed and not halfway across the world, maybe not.

Why do you want to do this? What's the plus in your mind?

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There are always lights at the bedside. But I was just thinking of how nice it is to not have to get up to turn off the lights. Plus it works as a dimmer. It works only if the lights are "on" and if they are "off" flipping the switch off and on turns them back to full.

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I'd seriously consider it if it means not having to get out of bed to turn the lights off.

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That's exactly what it's for. Is it worth the extra money to bother doing for the guests? It also gives them dimming control.

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Generic wrote:

That's exactly what it's for. Is it worth the extra money to bother doing for the guests? It also gives them dimming control.

No one is ever going to mention it to you, but they will like having it. I love when hotels have the light switch for the room lights next to the bed. I'm always the one who turns the lights off.

We travel with a night light because not every place provides anything like that. (I have to find it again and hope I didn't leave it somewhere!) I don't need it, but Gomez does. If I don't bring the light we have to leave the overhead light on.

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Nightlight is built into the hair dryer in the bathroom. See https://camelcamelcamel.com/Conair-Wallmount-Dryer-Night-Light/product/B00009YJSJ

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Some do, some don't. Sometimes the makeup mirror has a built in light and I use that.

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   No.  I wouldn't do it.  

  We have a light in the kitchen with a dimmer which is so close to the switch that the guest turn off the dimmer when they turn off the light.  Later they call to say the light won't work every time.  Even after explaining it to them prior.

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Not happening here. I have cordless "touch" lamps  with bendable necks on top of the bookcase headboard and electrified kerosene lamps with twuist knob switches in the other rooms on night stands. It has weorked for almodst 22 years - good enough for me. If you keep doing stuff guests are already scratching their heads how to opeate, you will drive yourself insane as they mess up more things. Sounds cool, but nah.

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Unless this is a big plus to your demographic, hard to imagine it's worth it.  Maybe if you are ultra-hip boutique hotel.  To me it seems more stuff for guests to not know how to work.

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