Smart lighting for fun & health – CTV Tech Talk

This week on CTV Tech Talk, we focused on the ways lighting can improve your life.  Whether it’s helping you sleep, getting you motivated, or just lighting your way for a midnight bathroom break, there are some new lights on the market that can improve your home.

IllumiBowl Toilet Night Lightillumibowl toilet night light motion

This light couldn’t be more fun and functional.  IllumiBowl’s toilet nightlight is just that; a way for you to find your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night, without the need to turn on harsh bright overhead lighting.

The light is battery powered with 3 AAA batteries and is obviously water resistant. It’s got a built in light and motion sensor so that when you approach the bathroom, the light will turn on on its own, and cycle through several fun colours.

Once the motion stops, the light powers down again to conserve battery life. Get one here from IllumiBowl.

Or read my full review of the IllumiBowl here.

Playbulb Solar

Solar is made to float on water, so you can use it in ponds, birdbaths, kiddie pools or swimming pools. 

Playbulb says the solar battery will provide up to 25 hours of light on a charge. It’s supposed to turn on automatically when it gets dark, and off when it gets light thanks to a built-in Smart Light Sensor.

The Solar light is made for water use, but it can also be staked into your garden or near your walkway with the included ‘mono pods’. When used in the water, Playbulb recommends it not be used with powerful water streams like a tap, ocean waves, or waterfalls. The colour and brightness of the light can be controlled with the free Playbulb app.

Read more about the Playbulb Solar here.

Lighting Science lights; GoodDay, GoodNight & Genesis

To stimulate the brain and get your mind into work mode, blue-white light is effective.  I tried out the Lighting Science GoodDay bulb.  With a bluish cast, Lighting Science says it’s “the only biologically-correct LED lighting solution proven to give you more energy, promote alertness and enhance performance with our patented, stimulating blue-enhanced spectrum.”

There’s also a GoodNight LED light bulb, which has a more orangey-yellow tone.  That warmer hue of light is meant to signal to your brain and your body that it’s time to gear down and ready for sleep.

Both the daytime and the nighttime bulbs were actually developed for NASA for use by astronauts on the International Space Station.

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Warm yellow light from the Genesis
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Cool blue or daylight from the Genesis











I also tried Lighting Science’s Genesis lamp. It’s pricey at $179USD, but that might be because it has the ability to project both blue and yellow light, and can adjust what type of light you need via an app (Apple only for now).  You input your bedtime and wake up time and the light can automatically adjust to project the right colour of light according to your schedule.

Tech Talk Contest  Tech Talk Contest Winners

Congratulations to winners: Marianne Riddle, Kurt Bauert, Gail Armitage, Victoria Fearon, Maritess, Trevor West, and Suzanne Cross-Fong.


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53 thoughts on “Smart lighting for fun & health – CTV Tech Talk

  1. Great products! Love both the toilet bowl and solar powered light! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Always love to follow you Erin. You have some of the most interesting gadgets & stories to share. Many thanks..

  3. Neat products and a good interview today 🙂 I’ve been wanting to try the illumabowl since seeing it on dragons Den!

  4. I have three darling BOYS, (twins aged 12 and another guy 11).. the illumibowl motion toilet light would be FABULOUS in their bathroom!! You were great on CTV just now! 🙂

  5. My little son and I loved your demo’s on CTV this morning! Please enter me for your contest. 🙂

  6. My son said, “thanks for shedding some light on the potticulars of nighttime weees”! Love those disc lights! If that were floating in a potty nobody could miss! Better than fruit loops for aiming. :0)

  7. Thanks Erin for the CTV Tech Talk this morning. I actually found it very interesting and never knew about the Illuminbowl

  8. We are planning to do some back country camping and the play bulb solar would be awesome!

  9. Great information on lights and really like the products! Enjoyed the presentation on CTV this morning and the toilet bowl light sounds like a great idea.

  10. Love your segments on CTV especially the toilet bowl light . it would be perfect when our grandchildren are visiting

  11. Great segment on CTV this morning, thank you! LOVED all of the products you featured.

  12. That toilet bowl light is GENIUS!! Also like the play bulb solar light – would be great in the garden! No problem picking either up if I win!

  13. Thanks for the demo. The Illumibowl looks like it’s a new, better design then the first version! Very cool!

  14. I would love to have these products. It would mean no more middle of the night mishaps. Will always see that the toilet seat is up

  15. Erin… you have the best job playing with the new toys in the tech market! I really could make use of the Playbulb Solar light for the back yard.

  16. Erin, great job on CTV this morning. Would love the toilet bowl light as we live in the country and there are no street lights out here.

  17. Love seeing you on CTV. You’re great. The playbulb solar light would be fun and very useful in my backyard, but I can certainly get used to having a toilet bowl light as well. Have a great day.

  18. Hi Erin,

    Always fun and informative watching your segments on CTV Morning Live. Thanks!

    And super that you offer viewers an opportunity to win one of the nifty products you’ve highlighted on the show and on your blog. If I get a choice, I would love to win the Playbulb Solar. I know, I know; it takes a lot of nerve to be picky about which item I might get for free ; )

  19. I had quite a giggle watching your review on the Illumibowl. I was thinking to myself, “Who would buy such a nonsense product when we have survived going to the bathroom at night without or little incident.” Clearly it it does offer its own benefits – men and their aim and for toddlers on potty training for sure.

  20. LOVE the toilet bowl light, would be awesome to not have to turn the main light on at night and very helpful for my toddler too! Thanks

  21. Erin – love the tech talk segments on CTV Morning Live. If you feel inclined to throw the Playbulb Solar my way, I’m sure I can make good use of it! 🙂

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