Video: Bathroom beacon

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For every problem in this world I’m convinced that there’s someone out there working on a solution. I’m happy to announce that one of those problems has been solved. No longer does anyone have to fumble in the dark to find ... the toilet.

You could, of course, just turn on the light in the bathroom and solve the problem easily. But as you know, that light can be painfully bright and might actually wake others.

Of course, you might want to invest in a conventional night light. But those, as everyone knows, can waste electricity, occupy valuable electrical sockets and rarely direct light where you actually need it. Until now, this was a nearly unsolvable problem.

Enter the LavNav. Brainchild of the people at Arkon Resources, the LavNav (short for Lavatory Navigation) is a battery-operated night light fixture which clings underneath the toilet seat lid, “turns on when you approach in the dark, and turns off after you leave, shining gentle yet sufficient light where you need it, when you need it.”

Image: LavNav
During the day - the LavNav rests - barely noticed - waiting to do it's job - as the world sleeps.
But that’s not the best part! According to Arkon, “The LavNav uses red or green light to cleverly show the position of the seat. It’s smart, energy efficient lighting that makes the bathroom safe and easy to use at night.”

“Let’s say it is 3 a.m,” suggest the Arkon folks. “You stumble into the dark bathroom and LavNav, using its high-tech infrared motion sensor, sees you approaching in the dark and then instantly illuminates the toilet area with gentle color-coded lighting.” A red light indicates that the seat is up; for men, it guides the way and for women it signals a warning. A green light means the seat is down. Once you’ve done your business and have left, the light shuts itself off.

What more can I add — except to tell you that in my brief experience with the device it works as described. I haven’t had it long enough to gage how long the two AA batteries (not included) actually last. The red and green LEDs should make it safe from electrical shocks.

Here’s the best part: the LavNav, which usually sells for $29.95, is on sale for $19.95 through the end of the year on Arkon’s Web site. What more could you ask for from a gadget which “will insure potty safety, cleanliness and comfortable nighttime vision”?

I’m glad that problem is solved.

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