Bathroom Pull Cord Alternatives You Didn’t Think Of

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Did you know some people still use pull cords to turn on their bathroom lights? While it may seem like an antiquated way to do things, it can actually be quite practical.

If you’re someone who is looking for a more modern way to light up your bathroom and would like to see a change in the way you light up a room, then you should consider replacing the ol’ pull cord with a modern alternative. Here are some great options that will give your bathroom a more polished look.

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Traditional alternatives like switches are fine, but…

When I say traditional pull cords are quite practical in many rooms of the house, not just the bathroom, I meant it.

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They are easy to install, usually, when the house went up the electrician just ran a wire from the light to the switch, or maybe there wasn’t enough space to run an actual switch, Like in an attic or something, so they install a pull cord.

They are easy to replace if they ever go bad, and usually only cost a couple of dollars.

But they aren’t very modern, are they?

So if you want to update the look of your bathroom, without having to do a complete overhaul, then consider switching out the old pull cord for a new and improved alternative.

Here are some great options that will give your bathroom a more polished 21st-century look and feel.

Motion detected with timer

“Motion Detecting Light Switch” by Vincent Ma is licensed under CC

Motion detection lights are a great way to add a modern touch to any room. They are also very practical, as they will only turn on when someone is in the room. This is a great way to save energy, as you won’t have to worry about leaving the light on all day or night.

They’re also great for those times when your hands are just full and you can’t quite reach the switch.

There are many different types of motion detection lights on the market, so you’ll need to decide which one is right for you. Some can even turn off on a set timer after it’s been turned on, or when you leave the room.

A passive infrared sensor is one of the most common types of motion detection lights.

These work by detecting heat, so they will only turn on when someone is in the room. They are usually very accurate, and won’t turn on if there is a pet in the room.

There are also microwave sensors, which emit a low-level microwave field. While these sound scary, they are actually very safe and won’t cause any harm to you or your family.

These work by detecting motion, so they will turn on when someone enters the room. They can also be set to a timer, so they will turn off after a certain amount of time.

Another type of motion detection light is an ultrasonic sensor.

These work by emitting a high-frequency sound that is undetectable to the human ear. When someone enters the room, the sound waves will bounce off of them and trigger the light to turn on.

These are just a few of the many types of motion detection lights that are available. You’ll need to decide which one is right for you and your family.

The best part is many of these can either run from the power grid or come with batteries, giving you the option to choose which is best for you.

So there you have it, a few great alternatives to the old-fashioned pull cord that will give your bathroom a more modern look. Consider one of these options the next time you’re looking to update your space.

Touch sensor

Touch sensors are another great way to add a modern touch to any room. They work just like motion detection lights, but instead of detecting motion, they detect when someone touches the light.

They can be installed in a mirage of different places, like on the Wall, Ceiling, or even under a cabinet.

These are great for those who have small children or pets, as they won’t turn on if there is no one in the room.

They are also very easy to install and usually only take a few minutes.

There are many different types of touch sensors on the market, so you’ll need to decide which one is right for you. Some can even turn off on a set timer after it’s been turned on, or when you leave the room.

Voice activation

Back in the 90’s they had “clap on, clap off”, You remember those right?

They were great in theory, but in reality, they were just a pain.

You had to clap at just the right volume, and sometimes it would go off when you didn’t want it to.

Or it wouldn’t go off when you did want it to.

Thankfully, technology has come a long way since then and you can now get voice-activated lights that came right out from the future.

Turning them on is as simple as saying “Alexa, turn on the bathroom light.” Or whatever you have your voice assistant programmed to.

You can also set them to a timer, so they will turn off after a certain amount of time every time.

These are much more reliable and easier to use than their clap-on, clap-off predecessors.

The only caveat? Hearing someone say “lights on” every time they have to pee might be a bit annoying in the bathroom adjacent to your bedroom.

But, if you can get past that, then voice-activated lights are a great way to add a touch of modernity to any room.

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Keep the cord and use an electronic alternative instead

Like the cord but just tired of the “click….clack” mechanical sound of an old-aged cord?

You can now get electronic switches that fit over the cord, making it so you don’t have to actually touch the cord to turn it on or off.

These come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors.

These also come with a variety of features, like timers and night lights. They are far quieter than traditional pull cords and can last for years without needing to be replaced.

So if you’re looking for a way to keep the classic look of a cord but with a modern twist, then this is a great option for you.

So there you have it, a few modern alternatives to the old-fashioned pull cord. Consider one of these options the next time you’re looking to update your space.