is there a quiet bathroom switch?!

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  1. pretzelz

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    Hi all,

    I've searched high and low on ebay for a soft, quiet bathroom switch. The one I have has a hard snappy click to it when pressed. Thus I'm always aware that people are going in and out of the bathroom. What I would really love is a high tec switch, that just activated when with the light touch of your finger. Or a very gentle push in button that only went in a few mm.

    A dimmer switch is actually quite quiet, the little circular knob you press in, or turn.

    Ideas?
     
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    they seem to get quieter with age.
     
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    true
     
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    I am loathed to replace my 1978 switches, lovely and quiet, as a mouse.

    try mercury switches
     
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    From what I've read, it sounds as if your looking to use either a rocker switch or a dimmer switch - I'm not sure your allowed to use either of those in a bathroom?

    Unless of course the switch is outside of the bathroom?
     
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    Or is outside Zone 2 and suitable for the location.
     
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    Second a PIR... :) We had an MK pullcord that was hellishly loud, and combined with the pullcord tendency to not be where it should be in the dark, in pressing circumstances I decided to remove it and fit a white ceiling 360degree PIR.

    I have a white tiled, white painted bathroom, so the white PIR looks the part. Set the light level to switch at after some trial and error, and set the delay on the light to be about 7.5 minutes.

    So now, any of us (including my 2 year old) walk in, and all you hear is a quiet click of a relay, and the lights come on. Once you finish, you can hear the very quiet click if you're listening for it of the lights shutting off again.

    Very useful for night-time visits, potty training visits by little one, and those moments you need light but daren't liberate a hand to go searching.
     
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    Bear in mind the positioning/timing of a PIR if you are going to be hiding behind a shower curtain or screen.
     

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