A toilet seat that shows him where to glow

February 24th, 2014 Category: Educational Establishments Office Cleaning

A toilet with an in-built guide light has been created by bathroom designers Kohler to help men find the bowl in the dark of the night.

The Nightlight Toilet could prove to be helpful to the whole household as it is equipped with a second light to lead anybody heeding the call of nature to the toilet. This will cut out the need to switch the bathroom light on, which can often disturb others with the brightness or noise from fans.

Kohler’s target audience is children, the elderly and anybody who finds it hard to return to the land of nod after getting up in the night to relieve themselves.

Jerry Bougher, marketing manager for Kohler toilet seats, said: "Typically overhead lights are bright because daytime tasks call for well-lit spaces. But accessing the bathroom at night is a different story.

"One of the fastest ways to ruin your chances of getting back to sleep easily is to turn on a harsh, bright, overhead light in the bathroom. The Nightlight toilet seat offers a soft, non-disruptive alternative."

The guiding light leads users to the correct area of the bathroom, at which point a ‘task light’ activates to ensure the men of the house can aim accurately. This will come as good news for those who often approach the toilet to find little puddles on the floor.

Users can set the time that the light comes on to coincide with the time that the sun sets and it will then automatically run for seven hours each night. 

The creators claim that it is able to run for seven months on just four AA batteries and the seat is completely detachable so it can be thoroughly cleaned.

Kohler says the motivation behind the development of the Nightlight Toilet was recent research revealing that lights can disrupt sleeping patterns. Experts on sleeping believe they prevent the body from producing the hormone melanin, which responds to light and dictates whether a person is sleepy or not.

LED lights will not get in the way of a good night’s sleep if the brightness is dimmed and is around 12 inches away from a person’s face, according to experts.