Nighttime trips to the bathroom can be fraught with peril as you run a dark gauntlet of obstacles ranging from cats to locating the toilet itself. Sure, you can turn on the lights and sear your eyes with the sudden illumination. You could also install a nightlight somewhere in the restroom, but that's not much fun. How about lighting up the toilet bowl instead? IllumiBowl on Kickstarter places a nightlight right onto your toilet.
Toilet lights aren't a new concept. Kohler offers a Nightlight toilet seat with blue LEDs that costs $83. The IllumiBowl will set you back only $15 (about £9, AU$17) for a pledge. It also has the advantage of using a color-changing LED, so the light will slowly rotate through different colors every few seconds. This will be especially perfect if you ever plan on hosting a dance party in your bathroom.
IllumiBowl fits under your toilet seat, attaching with suction to the outside of the toilet bowl rim while a hook reaches over the edge to provide the light inside. Motion detection senses when a visitor arrives. The light turns on automatically and turns off once you're gone.
The lavatory gadget runs on two AAA batteries. Matt Alexander, the creator of IllumiBowl, writes in an update, "We are working with the manufacturer to make it water resistant." Here's hoping that all works out, because a non-water-resistant device hanging out near a toilet bowl could face some serious challenges.
Alexander currently has a working prototype of the IllumBowl and hopes to raise $20,000 to go into production. The project is currently up over $8,000 with 36 days left to go. This is probably going to be a love-it-or-hate-it sort of gadget. You're either the kind of person who wants a glowing toilet bowl, or you're not. But if you are, you're most definitely in luck.
by Amanda Kooser