Toilet Seat Lights: You Really CAN See In The Dark!

There are two things that I can’t stand about going to the bathroom in the night; stumbling through the dark to get there, and a freezing cold toilet seat once I arrive. The first we solved by installing bathroom toilet seat lights, and the second by upgrading to a heated toilet seat. Problems solved!

2 Types of Toilet Seat Lights

There are typically two types of toilet seat lights:

  • Hanging from the toilet rim. These are the most common, and least expensive, options for lighting up the toilet at night. They hang outside the toilet, from the rim, and have an LED wand that bends over the toilet rim to illuminate the inside.
  • Integrated with the toilet seat. If you’re in the market to replace your toilet seat then you might consider finding one that has a night light built in.  Sometimes referred to as a ‘light up toilet seat’; these will include other great features – such as seat heating and slow-close lids – and will eliminate the extra control box on the outside of the toilet.

Bathroom Toilet Seat Lights Compared Side-by-Side

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Ailun Toilet Seat Light (2 Pack)

Things to Like:

  • 8 colors of light
  • Motion sensor – stays on for 2 minutes once no motion detected
  • Light sensor – only activated in the dark

Like most of the ‘hanging from the toilet rim’ types of toilet seat lights, this one consists of a battery pack that sits on the outside of the toilet rim. There is then a flexible ‘wand’ that houses the LED light at the very end. The flexible wand bends to place the LED within the toilet bowl – thus lighting it up – while hanging the battery pack on the outside. It’s a simple design that works brilliantly.

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LumiLux Toilet Bowl Light

Things to Like:

  • 16 light colors
  • Motion and Light Detection
  • 5 Stage Dimmer
  • Lifetime Warranty

The Lumilux Toilet Bowl Light has a similar design and working mechanism, this model stands out for its color range, dimmer option, and activation range. The dimmer is great; when the light is first tried it may appear to be dim but, in the dead of night you may realize that it’s actually too much light. The dimmer allows you to set the brightness no matter what color you choose.

There’s no point having a motion sensor activated light if it doesn’t activate until you’re almost at the toilet. At approximately 18 feet, the activation range is significant meaning it will light up as soon as you enter the room, lighting your way all the way there.

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Sunnest Toilet Seat Light

Things to Like:

  • 8 different colors
  • 5 feet activation range
  • Dimmer setting

As with all the models, this one turns itself off after 2 minutes of no motion detected. These are real energy – and sleep! – savers. Energy savers as you no longer need to keep the bathroom light on all night to help your kids make their way to the bathroom, and sleep savers because the low level light will allow you to visit the bathroom in the night without the sudden brightness that will undoubtedly wake you up. Win-win!

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Vintar Toilet Seat Light (3 Pack)

Things to Like:

  • 16 color selection
  • 5 dimmer settings
  • 100% Guarantee

This 3-pack of toilet seat lights means you can have one in every bathroom in your home! They’re not just great in the night; they can also help in those dark basement bathrooms. Some reviewers report hanging them in closets even – to help quickly find something, or put something away. Brilliant!

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Komire Toilet Seat Light

Things to Like:

  • 8 colours of light
  • 10 feet activation range
  • Fits all toilets

One of the best parts about these toilet seat lights is how easy they are to install. Simply bend the wand containing the LED light and hang it over the edge of the toilet bowl rim. They stay in place securely with no muss or fuss. This also makes them incredibly easy to clean; simply wipe down with a cloth using regular household cleaner. They really are such a simple addition to the bathroom.

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Sunnest Toilet Seat Light w/Aromatherapy and UV Light Disinfection

Things to Like:

  • Light and Motion Activated
  • 16 color options
  • 10 feet activation range
  • Additional night light feature
  • Aromatherapy + UV Light Disinfection

This model offers some additional features that are nice to have.

First up is the external night light; in addition to the internal toilet light, this model also has an external light on the battery pack that sits outside the toilet. This means that, as you approach, the room around you is slightly lit rather than just the interior of the toilet. An added security against stubbing your toe on the way.

The interior nightlight goes out 2 minutes after no longer detecting motion. At this time the UV sterilization light comes on to kill any bacteria and viruses in the toilet bowl. A great way to help keep the bathroom clean and germ free.

Finally, there is an aromatherapy element also. Place an aromatherapy strip within the slot in the battery pack for a fresh scent every time you enter the bathroom.

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Mr. Winkie Magic Toilet Light

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Things to Like:

  • Attaches to toilet lid
  • 2 colour options
  • Long lasting

Attaching to the toilet seat lid, rather than hanging from the toilet bowl rim, means this model provides a different illumination and it isn’t sitting within the toilet. This is important if you have curious little ones around who may find the toilet seat light interesting to play with.

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Sanborne Nightlight Toilet Seat

Things to Like:

  • Blue light toilet seat light
  • Slow close lid
  • Comfortable design
  • Quick release for easy cleaning

If you’re in the market to upgrade or replace your existing toilet seat then finding one that has a built in toilet seat light is a good option. While there are no coloured light options (it’s a blue night light), and it’s not motion sensored (it turns on and off at a timed interval) it does do the job of lighting up the toilet bowl in the dead of night.

The slow close lid is another nice middle-of-the-night feature – eliminating the slamming toilet seat that no-one likes to wake up to. A comfortable design and quick release for easy cleaning make this toilet seat a great option.

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Kohler Cachet Nightlight Toilet Seat

Things to Like:

  • Name brand quality
  • Nightlight has two brightness levels
  • Slow close lid
  • Stability bumpers

This is a great, name brand, toilet seat at a great price. Kohler is a leader in bathroom fixture designs and this model has some of the best features at a Bargain Bathroom price.

It’s quick release hinges make for easy cleaning – and installation – and the addition of stability bumpers under the toilet seat means it will stay safe and secure when in use. A slow close lid removes middle-of-the-night toilet lid slamming and the soft illumination in the toilet bowl mean no bright light shockers either.

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Brondell LumaWarm Heated Nightlight Toilet Seat

Things to Like:

  • Heated toilet seat
  • Slow close lid
  • Soft night light illumination

I think this one solves all the night-time-trip-to-the-bathroom problems.

The soft night light illumination guides you gently to the bathroom without needing to turn on a bright, overhead light. The toilet seat is heated. Heated! The one thing that will keep me in bed longer than I should is the thought of a freezing cold toilet seat. Heated means a warm welcome, no jolting awake, and a quick back-to-bed and back-to-sleep. And finally, the slow close lid means you don’t have to worry about the toilet seat slamming ever again.

This is luxury worth having. Believe me!

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