Are Star Projectors Good For Sleep? Here's What We Know

Article by BlissLights LLCMon, Sep 13, 21
usb star projector with red stars

Did you know that colors can impact your sleep? The right hue can deliver you straight to Dreamland, or the wrong one can make you toss and turn. How that light behaves also makes a difference -- a soft, twinkling light can be more relaxing than one at full brightness disrupting your ability to sleep. Star projectors can be a great way to incorporate calming colors into your nightly routine for better sleep. Here’s how.

What is a star projector?

A star projector is a lighting device, often laser-powered, that shines stars on your walls and ceiling. Often, a star projector offers several light modes, color options, brightness levels, and a sleep timer. Occasionally, you can also get a built-in speaker or remote control with your star projector. No matter their features, these lights are the best way to enjoy the magic of starry nights in a dark room, without ever stepping outside.

Are star projectors good for sleep?

Yes! Star projectors may be able to help you sleep. That’s because:

  • Star projectors are relaxing. Green stars can be especially good for relaxation. That’s because green light can react with melanopsin, a sleep hormone the body produces naturally. And, of course, getting great sleep regularly helps you stay relaxed, which is key to falling asleep. It’s a beautiful cycle that the transcendental sights of colorful stars can accelerate.
  • The right light can put you in a good mood. Imagine being angry or stressed come bedtime. That’s no way to fall asleep – you’ll probably wind up tossing and turning instead. Blue stars can help, as blue light can provide calming effects during highly stressful moments. If your star projector can shine in blue, you might have an easier time mentally transporting yourself to dreamland without all that rolling around.
  • Colors can influence your mindset. If your star projector can shine red stars, then you might be in luck. Red light is correlated with better sleep, though the reasons underlying this connection are up for debate. The working theory is that red light’s long wavelength doesn’t stimulate the eyes. This lack of stimulation can lessen the chances that something will keep your brain awake even when your body needs rest.

The best star projectors for sleep

Remember when you were a kid and counting sheep helped you fall asleep? Now, you can do the same thing with stars instead. Starry lights, galaxy projectors, and aurora projectors all fall under the star projector umbrella. You’ll find each of these categories represented in the below star projector best picks.

1. StarPort Laser USB

This starry light is as simple as it gets – it’s basically a set of lasers on the end of a flexible USB cable. And thanks to the StarPort Laser USB, you can take great sleep with you wherever you go.

But why is this star projector good for sleep, you ask? For starters, it comes in red, blue, or green, all colors with the potential sleep-enhancing effects named above. It’s also the easiest to set up right next to your bed – just connect the USB cable to a wall charger, then plug it in. You’ll instantly see hundreds of tiny laser stars, and you can bend the cable to point the stars at your walls or ceiling. It’s the easiest way to transform your space and mind for better sleep.

starport usb star projector in blue

Here’s what our customers have to say about StarPort:

  • “Put it in my bedroom, just love calming and seems like living in a fantasy world :)”—Mughees B., 09/15/2021
  • “This adds such a cool effect to my dorm room. This would also be great for small kids to pretend to look at stars. I got the blue light, and it has such a relaxing effect and is a great way to wind down before bed.”—Erika N., 09/11/2021
  • “I ordered 4 of these, and would still order more. They’re adorable, extremely easy to use, and a great price!”—Chelsea H., 08/12/2021
starport usb star projector in blue

StarPort USB Light


One tiny light. Thousands of stars!

2. BlissBulb

Imagine swapping out your typical overhead lights for starry skies. That might make getting to sleep a lot easier. And it’s 100% possible with the BlissBulb, which fits in all standard light bulb sockets. Use it in ceiling fixtures for a top-down starry sky effect. Add it to your favorite floor or table lamp to see your ceiling in a whole new light.

The BlissBulb can project red or green stationary stars, both of which are sleep friendly colors. Get ready for your most wonderful night of sleep in ages.

blissbulb laser lightbulb in red

Here’s what customers say about the BlissBulb:

  • “My nephew sometimes has a hard time sleeping in his own room, and also has trouble falling/staying asleep. This light bulb works wonders! He thinks it’s so cool, and it also helps calm him down. He sleeps in his own room & sleeps through the night more often now!”—Rachel V., 09/06/2021
  • “Love it!!! I left it on all night (last night), it makes my ceiling looks cute and somehow, someway makes me fall asleep faster.”—Laura C., 06/27/2021
  • “My boys use it as a night light; it’s great.”—family, 06/09/2021
blissbulb laser lightbulb in red

BlissBulb Laser LightBulb


Transforming your world is as easy as changing a lightbulb.

3. Ark Ambient Aurora Light

The Ark Ambient Aurora Light projects a gently oscillating aurora against a backdrop for a truly stunning sight. Since it shines in both blue and green, it produces two potentially relaxing colors, making it the ultimate aurora night light projector. It also has adjustable brightness, an auto six-hour shut-off timer, and a rotating arc design so you can see your room on your own terms. And then, you can fall asleep more easily.

To use the Ark, just plug it in near your bed, then place it on your nightstand and turn it on. You can then adjust its brightness and effects with just the push of a button, and the base is super simple to adjust as well. There’s never been an easier way to see the northern lights – and get some shut-eye – right from the comforts of home.

ark aurora light in bedroom

Ark owners have this to say about it:

  • “This skylight produces beautiful visuals and is nothing like I’ve ever seen. With the adjustable brightness and visual settings it’s easy to change the tone of the room. No noise whatsoever.”—Chelsea M., 03/09/2021
  • “Overall, a fantastic product that is portable, impressive, and perfect for setting a calm relaxing mood in any room.”—Dan, 12/15/2020
  • “Wonderful, simple to install, love the soothing atmosphere it creates in the room.” —Anonymous, 06/28/2021
ark aurora projector

ARK Aurora Light


Transcend reality with a moving abstract aurora.

4. Sky Lite Evolve Galaxy Projector

With the beloved BlissLights Sky Lite Evolve laser projector, you can project a universe of moving blue or green laser stars against wondrous multicolor nebula clouds. The colors themselves are great for sleep, and the calm of watching a brilliant nighttime sky as it gently moves can get you really sleepy. The Evolve includes adjustable brightness, custom effects, color blending settings, and smart features with the BlissHome app. This way, you can shine just the amount of light you need for sleep.

sky lite laser galaxy projector with green stars over bed
sky lite evolve smart multicolor galaxy projector

Sky Lite Evolve: Smart Galaxy Projector


The latest evolution in smart galaxy lighting.

BlissLights are great for sleep

When you need a star projector that relaxes you and readies you for sleep, BlissLights has you (and your walls and ceiling) covered. All five of the above star projectors come with colors, patterns, and timers that can be great for sleep. They’re also easy to use and stash right on your nightstand. Get a BlissLights star projector today for way better sleep tomorrow – you truly have to see it to believe it.

About BlissLights

BlissLights has been a leader in the laser lighting industry since the company was founded in 2006. Our team of experienced engineers and technicians helped create award-winning special effect lighting for major theme parks before minaturizing ourpatented technology for home use. BlissLights is dedicated to laser safety and education, and is registered with the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).

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