Night light effect

The Geberit ONE mirror cabinet with ComfortLight (© Geberit)

At one point or another, we have all experienced that dreaded urge to go to the toilet in the middle of the night. Everywhere is just so dark, so we have to fumble our way to the bathroom to avoid switching on the glaring ceiling light and jolting both ourselves and others awake.

The smart move here, of course, would be to install an orientation light. The right lighting makes it easy to find our way to the toilet in the dark of night without upsetting our biological clock, so it’s worth taking a look at the various lighting options available for the bathroom:

  • A lamp with a dimming function offers an ideal solution for navigating night-time trips to the toilet. It can be mounted in various practical positions around the bathroom. A good example is the Geberit ONE mirror cabinet. The integrated ComfortLight has four lighting scenes that can be individually adjusted as required: bright and invigorating during the day, soft and flattering before bedtime, and subtle and discreet at night for orientation in the dark. This way, we can easily fall back asleep after going to the toilet at night.
  • A light for every mood is also available for the WC. The Geberit AquaClean shower toilet features a discreet, automatically activated light. This subtle illumination is bright enough to guide the way at night and is activated by means of a proximity sensor. The light settings include seven different colours and five brightness levels.
  • Orientation lights with motion sensors can guide the way to the toilet when entering the bathroom. It is recommended to avoid lighting with strong blue tones, as this interferes with our melatonin production (a sleep-promoting hormone) (see box). Warm light sources that are comparatively pale and weak are better. The actual illumination they create within the bathroom is only minimal, yet it is still bright enough for us to find our way around. This type of subtle LED lighting is provided by products such as the Geberit Monolith Plus sanitary module and the Geberit ONE mirror cabinets. The electric soft-touch buttons on the Geberit Monolith Plus also ensure particularly quiet flush actuation, so you don’t have to worry about disturbing anyone in the middle of the night.
  • An intelligent and pioneering light source is cleverly integrated into the flush release. The Geberit actuator plates never fail to impress thanks to this function – not to mention their visual appeal. The Geberit DuoFresh module automatically switches on the LED orientation light at night to guide the way to the toilet. A proximity sensor controls the light and ensures that it switches on and off automatically. The lighting duration and intensity of this light can also be customised and regulated using the app.

What is biorhythm?

The biorhythm is essentially just your body’s natural rhythm of waking and sleeping – often referred to as your biological or internal clock. It is notably controlled by the sleep hormone, melatonin. During the day, when we are exposed to the sun, our body restricts this hormone from being released. As soon as it gets darker in the evening, however, the brain releases more melatonin and we start to feel tired. Our biorhythm can be affected if we are exposed to too little light during the day or too much light at night. Lighting with strong blue tones can also negatively influence our melatonin production. With this in mind, it is advisable to use warm and discreet light sources in the bathroom for a more comfortable bathroom experience at night.

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