Who knew that peeing in the middle of the night could be so much fun? Not me, but I do now. The Illumibowl Motion-Activated Toilet Night Light is easy to set up. It’s hard to find the instructions, because they are hidden in the battery compartment, but it’s easy to set up once you make that move.
Pop in three AAA batteries. Adjust the length of the arm that holds the LED light to fit your toilet. Moisten the suction cups (Don’t lick ‘em. That’s just gross, knowing where they’re going.) and attach the unit to the outside of your bowl, facing your bathroom door. Attach the LED’s suction cup on the inside of the bowl, and wait until nighttime to see the color show. Alternately, turn off the lights if you can’t wait and your bathroom has no unblockable light sources. (Damn you, south-facing glass block windows!)
The Illumibowl Night Light has both a light sensor and a motion sensor, preserving battery and giving you light only when you need it. When you reach the motion-sensing range, the light comes on, and you can see exactly where the toilet is (This is sometimes a problem for me. So?), and whether the lid and/or seat are down.
The Illumibowl cycles through nine different colors, spending only a few seconds on each. When I had this attached to my 10 year old son’s bathroom toilet, he loved it. I loved the light show as well, but I soon realized that most of those colors are not good for your sleep.
The white and some of the other lighter colors are too bright. Light at night messes with your ability to produce melatonin and thus negatively affects your sleep cycle. When I have to get up in the middle of the night, I want the least amount of light possible for me to accomplish my task, and I want it to be red, the color with the longest wavelength, which will not affect my ability to fall back asleep and stay asleep.
Fortunately, the Illumibowl’s color-changing light show is optional. You may set it to maintain any color you wish. For me, that’s red. And much to my son’s disappointment, he gets red, also.
The Wife likes this product. No more guessing or feeling around to tell if I left the seat up. (I never leave the seat up anyway. I don’t know what she’s talking about.)
Overall, this is a fun, cool nightlight that solves the problem of the always-on nightlight, the too bright, in-your-face nightlight, and the I-just-sat-on-cold-wet-porcelain-I’m-going-to-kill-him-why-don’t-we-have-a-nightlight? lack of a nightlight.
The illumibowl Motion-Activated Toilet Night Light is available at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Ace Hardware and Bed, Bath & Beyond, and at the illumibowl website.
Disclosure: An illumibowl Motion-Activated Toilet Night Light was provided to me for this review. My review is in no way influenced by this.