toiletThis afternoon, the bathrooms on my floor were closed for construction. Just a few minutes ago, I decided to stop by and take care of business.

When I opened the bathroom door, I noticed the lights automatically turned on. In addition, I also noticed the bathroom light switched was removed. It seems like they installed a light sensor, that turns off the light after X minutes of motionless observation and then turns the light back on when the sensor detects motion.

I looked around for the location of the motion detector, but I wasn’t able to quickly find it.

Then I thought… How funny would it be if someone was taking care of business and the bathroom went dark on him or her. Yea, these things make me laugh – pretty sad. I have heard of situations where the lights go out while people are at their desk ‘working,’ due to inactivity. But while you are taking care of business? I guess anything is possible.

Honestly, if circumstances allowed – I would likely install these things in my house.

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  1. lights

    they are the new thing all over
    its supposed to save tons of money and all instead of having lights on all the time

    work places also have them in offices so when u leave after 3 min it turns off autimaticly so if u are not in that office then u save money on electric bills

    do it in the house smart idea

  2. Hawaii SEO

    Hmmm… Sounds like an “accident” waiting to happen. If the lights go out… How would you know when you’re done wiping?

  3. Carrie Hill

    Hey Barry,

    We installed these types of switches at home in high-kid-traffic areas. Hallways, their bedrooms & bathroom, etc. We also have them at work.

    Great for conserving energy and lowering electric bills.


  4. Amie

    I had that happen once in a Turkish toilet at a rest stop in France. It took so long to figure out how to use the stupid thing, the light went out while I was still in there.

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