Bowl Light Review: Motion-Activated Toilet Bowl Light

Bowl Light is a motion-activated light for toilets. Does it really work? Here is my first-hand review.

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About Bowl Light

Bowl Light converts any toilet into a motion-activated night light, which provides gentle light for trips in the middle of the night. The advertised website was buybowllight.com, which was registered in January 2016 and is no longer associated with that product. The screen capture below shows the official website in February 2016.

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What They Claim

  • Lights up automatically
  • Motion activated
  • LED light
  • Color can be changed
  • Good for kids’ bathrooms
  • Colors available are blue, yellow, red, white, green, aqua, and purple

Bowl Light Cost

Bowl Light originally cost $12.99 plus $6.99 shipping for a total of $19.98. As of this 2020 update, I have seen it for about $9 online.

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Reviews

Bowl Light is a simple idea in which a light is hung from the side of a toilet bowl to provide motion-activated light when you enter the bathroom. It turns on and off automatically.

Obviously, you’ll need to place Bowl Light in a position so that it will detect you when you enter the bathroom. It provides soft, ambient light which is preferable to stumbling in the dark, or turning on a blinding bathroom light in the middle of the night.

The outside of the device is a motion detector, while the inside is a multi-color LED light that switches on whenever movement is detected. Because the light is the only part of the device that resides inside the bowl, cleaning will only be minimally necessary. The only real problem I found was that the lid would not always close all the way, and the arm would require some adjustments before it would close flush (pun intended).

The inclusion of multiple light colors is a nice touch, as you can match it to the decor of your bathroom.

Toilet bowl lights seemed to be a fad around 2016, and Bowl Light was the head of its class. You may want to peruse the many toilet bowl lights which are available on Amazon, with hundreds of customer reviews. Keep in mind that the primary complaint with competitors is regarding suction cups – which is not part of Bowl Light’s design.

Battery life was acceptable, lasting several months before requiring replacement. Eventually the novelty wore off and I stopped using all of these devices, but they were pretty enjoyable while they lasted.

I compared Bowl Light to Illumibowl and Bowl Brite in the video below.

Your Bowl Light Reviews

Have you used Bowl Light or one of the other popular toilet bowl lights? Tell me what you think in the comments below.

James White
James White is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has been reviewing strange gadgets since 2011. He also runs the successful "Freakin' Reviews" YouTube channel.

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Terry Broberg-Swangin
Terry Broberg-Swangin
3 years ago

I purchased a Bowl Light in October. It didn’t work when I received it. I sent it back and received a new one in November. The batteries required changing in February. The batteries were changed (two different brands of batteries) and the light still doesn’t work. I called OnTel Products who makes the Bowl Light and was told that it was out of warranty and they refused to do anything to resolve my problem. Avoid this product!!!

Dale G. Danheiser
Dale G. Danheiser
3 years ago

Neat when they work, but, battery life is very short and then it stopped working within a month. Definitely a piece of junk. Don’t waste your money.

Von Dell Curtis
Von Dell Curtis
2 years ago

I’ve had to replace batteries twice in three months!!! Enjoyed it while it works but can’t afford the batteries. It also gets stuck on flashing red light, even with lights on. Very disappointed in the product

John Blair
John Blair
2 years ago

I agree with being disappointed with the item. The unit we have lasted about 3 months. It was purchased at Home Depot but since I did not keep the receipt I am not carrying it back. I would not do it if I had the receipt because when I went to the manufacturers web site I found out it only had a “60 day money back” guarantee. I am not going to stick Home Depot with the loss as I am sure the manufacturer will not reimburse them. In my email I stated I can fully understand not having a… Read more »

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