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Hello everyone!

This is a project I have been planning do for a long time and I finally got the time to complete it!

Some nights we get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and the toilet. Sometimes when I turn on the light it can ruin my sleep so I wanted to build an automated circuit that will light up my toilet seat when I come close to it at night.

I have also seen a project here in instructables that uses glow-in-the-dark paint, but I couldnt find where to buy it at a reasonable price.

The actual light is dimmer than the picture but it is exactly as it should be.

Good luck!
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Step 1: Parts and Tools

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Things you will need for this project:


-Soldering iron + Solder
-Permanent Marker
-Utility Knife
-Duct tape


1 x PIR MOTION SENSOR (2.50$ - eBay)
1 x 4 AA Battery Holder (1$ - eBay)
8 x Super Bright LEDs (1$ for 20 - eBay)
13' Copper telephone wire (or any suitable wire)
3 x AA batteries
3 Pin jumper socket + wire (1$ - eBay)
2 Plastic cups
2 A4 papers
Clear multi use glue

Step 2: Measuring and Preparing

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1. Lift your toilet seat, use the marker to mark the places for the LEDs. I found that 8 LEDs are enough for me. You dont want to use more than that because it is unnecessary. The distance between my LEDs was about 5".

2. Staple together the A4 papers. then draw the LED pattern on the A4 sheets.

3. Press the LEDs into the paper, remember to rotate all LEDs to the same direction - all longer legs directed inside or opposite.
That's neat! Is there any worry about water and being electrified?
ksnyder52 years ago
i was looking for the PIR motion sensor and it only ships from china. iss that where you got it from? I found this sensor for 12$
would this work?
Tzabary (author)  ksnyder52 years ago
They do ship from china, and I think also 99% of all components I have ever ordered ship from china. Just write "pir sensor", sort "lowest price + shipping first" and choose the "buy it now" tab. They start from 2.20$. The sensor you picked will not work because it is made for 12V and the cheap ones can operate on 4.5V (3 AA batteries). Feel free to ask anything and good luck!
ernie6662 years ago
how long does your battery last?
Tzabary (author)  ernie6662 years ago
Its only been working for the past month so I dont really know.. But if we'll take 2.85mAH from the batteries, 8 LEDs at 30mA each and the constant 60uA of the PIR sensor I think its about 11-12 hours of runtime which means approx. 1500 times (30 sec).
EET19822 years ago
Awesome instructable :)
flyingpuppy2 years ago
I'm laughing hard. You have both a brain and a sense of humor. LOVE the toilet. Since you already have the toilet seat electrified, why not make an attachable bidet too? It's the "in" thing now.
I made a mini toilet here is a pic
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Tzabary (author)  flyingpuppy2 years ago
Thank you!
If you look closely - there is a bidet. Maybe I'll connect it to an LED soon (:
Wackey Alex2 years ago
I see what you did there on step 7's title.
Really good instructable, keep it up.
Tzabary (author)  Wackey Alex2 years ago
Thank you!
rimar20002 years ago
Good idea!
Tzabary (author)  rimar20002 years ago
Thank you!
amazing! I would love to see a cast resin version of this!
Tzabary (author)  amandaghassaei2 years ago
Thank you!
I thought about it and that was my first paln but the molds are so expensive!
temper2 years ago
This seems to be a useful and practical project, something that could take off, well done