IllumiBowlToliet Nightlight, retail $19.99 (
Manufactured by IllumiBowl, Inc. (
Last updated 04-03-16

The IllumiBowl Toliet Nightlight is a very ingenious device that lights up your head (toliet) with either a single color of your choosing or with a slow color wash that cycles through hundreds of thousands of different colors.

It senses your approach in the dark with a PIR (passive infrared) sensor, and it fits any Western-style toliet (unlike the LavNav™ Toliet Nightlight which will not function if your water closet has a horseshoe seat).

The entire unit operates from three AAA cells that you supply yourself.


Feed your new IllumiBowl three AAA cells that you supply (see directly below), and then you'll be ready to light up that pesky toliet bowl.

Moisten all five suction cups with a damp square of TP or with your fingertip moistened with water from the lavatory (bathroom sink), and affix it to your toliet as shown in the photograph directly below.

Photo showing how the product is properly affixed to your loo.

See, that wasn't so hard, was it?

The IllumiBowl is designed so that it only works in the dark. So please don't be surprised if it does not appear to function when you first install it.

There is a small button on the left side of the IllumiBowl near its top. Press & release it until it's sticking out. This will cause the unit to enter a color wash mode where it displays colors that slowly change. If you see a color that you particularly like, pressing & releasing this button again will lock the IllumiBowl to that color, so that every time you use the head at night, the bowl will be bathed in light of that color every time.

To change the batteries in your IllumiBowl, slide the battery door off, throw it into the loo, and flush it away...
O WAIT! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead!

Remove the three used AAA cells from the IllumiBowl, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit. Use the garbage can; even though the toliet bowl is right there, please do not attempt to dispose of the used AAA cells by flushing.

Insert three new AAA cells into the chambers, flat-end (-) negative of each cell facing the spring for it in each chamber.

Slide the battery door back on, mount the unit like you did before, and be done with it.

Aren't you glad you didn't flush that battery door away now?

The IllumiBowl does not come with batteries; you'll have to either have them on hand or go buy some.

This is a nightlight designed to be affixed to your commode, not a flashlight meant to be thrashed, trashed, and abused. So I won't try to drown it in the toliet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against a concrete stair in effort to try and expose the bare Metalmarineangemon - er - the bare Metaltrailmon - um that's not it either...the bare a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! - now I'm just making {vulgar term for feces} up!!!), let my mother's big dog's ghost, her kitties, my kitties or my sister's kitty cat piddle (uranate) on it, hose it down with my mother's gun, run over it with a 450lb Quickie Pulse 6 motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a medium ball peen hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (now I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piņata Central {aka. "Party Central"}), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoņata (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analyses, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. Therefore, this section of the IllumiBowl's web page will seem a bit more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

Photograph showing the unit activated in single-color mode (magenta {red + blue} light in this instance)

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in the IllumiBowl displaying a reasonable approximation of "white".

Peak wavelengths are:
629.340nm (red die)
514.760nm (green die)
459.280nm (blue die)

The raw spectrometer data (tab-delimited that can be loaded into Excel) is at i-bowl.txt

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Brief video that shows the IllumiBowlToliet Nightlight in use (single-color mode)

So thrilling!!
So heart-stopping!!!
Actually, it kinda "makes" "ewe" "wahnt" "tu" "kik" "uh" "porselin" "toliet" "bole" "oph" "thuh" "wal" "ahnd" "thenn" "pruseed" "tu" "bete" "thuh" "livengg" "tweadle" "owt" "uv" "itt" "withh" "thuh" "haff" "uv" "uh" "bustid" "boling" "bal" "withh" "thuh" "plootonyum" "coar" doesn't it?

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Brief video that shows the IllumiBowlToliet Nightlight in use (color wash mode)

So thrilling!!
So pulse-racing!!!
Actually, it kinda makes you want to "goa" "tu" "thuh" "lawndrie" "rume", "kik" "thuh" "furnice" "ovor", & "then" "proseed" "tu" "bete" "thuh" "livengg" "tweadle" "owt" "uv" "itt" "withh" "ahn" "olde" "orr" "uwzed" "harebrusche" doesn't it?

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Test unit was requested on 03-13-16 following an episode of ABC's Shark Tank, and was received on 03-19-16.

UPDATE: 03-29-16
I've been seeing this advertising banner for the IllumiBowl all over the place as of late:

This particular one was found on the Weather Underground website; which I use multiple times daily to obtain near-realtime weather data prior to any flights of R/C aircraft that I make.

And this one was found on the Commercials I Hate BBS; which I go to multiple times daily to rant about TV commercials.

Very unique use of LED technology
Works on all known Western-style toliets
Uses batteries that are relatively inexpensive & readily available
Automatic switching - no switches to fuss with or forget


None that I've yet to find

    MANUFACTURER: IllumiBowl
    PRODUCT TYPE: Automatic toliet bowl nightlight
    No. OF LAMPS: 1x 5mm diffused RGB LED
    BEAM TYPE: Smooth medium flood
    REFLECTOR TYPE: None present
    SWITCH TYPE: Photoelectric/PIR sensor
    BEZEL: Plastic; LED protruding from a small housing for it
    BATTERY: 3x AAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PEE-RESISTANT: Splash-resistant
    ACCESSORIES: 5x sm. suction cups (already attached)
    SIZE: 55.88mm sq. x 30.48mm D.
    WEIGHT: 56.30g (1.99 oz) incl. batteries
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating
    (Yes, that really is seven stars that you're seeing up there!)
    This is the best product to have entered my humble little laboratory in well over 16 years!!!

IllumiBowl Toliet Nightlight *

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