By July 30, 2008

ThinkGeek LED shower light review

My master bathroom is at the opposite end of the house from the hot water heater. The shower is the last piece of plumbing to get hot water. I had accepted that I would have to stand in front of the shower with my hand under the water until I found the LED shower light at ThinkGeek.

Water pressure turns a little turbine inside the shower head to power ten LEDs. The LEDs shine blue until the water reaches 89°F, then it turns red.

Great googly moogly! Were my days of unexpectedly getting into a cold shower over?

My LED shower light arrived from ThinkGeek in typical rapid fashion; after all, they are just up the road from me. I ordered some t-shirts from them and everything was well packaged as always.

Installing the LED shower light was easy. I unscrewed the old shower head, checked to make sure the white plumber’s tape was still in good shape, then screwed the LED shower head on hand-tight. I turned the water on, and water bubbled up inside the shower head. Was this normal? I panicked briefly, thinking that I just short-circuited a $40 electric shower head. After the shower head filled with water, the LEDs shone blue and then ….

It was if an old man was lamely pissing into my shower. I turned the water off and removed the flow restrictor. Tighten, tighten, tighten.

P-pssssssh.

A little better, but still only about 2/3rds of the pressure of my old shower head setting, which wasn’t even on the most direct stream. The shower head kept tinkling along for about fifteen seconds, and then the light changed from blue to red. I put my hand under the water, and although it wasn’t as hot as I wanted, it was definitely better than getting into a cold shower.

Would I recommend the LED shower head sold by ThinkGeek? Not for $40. Maybe if it had double the water pressure and had an adjustable threshold. I’d really like it to turn red when the shower reaches my preferred temperature, and not just the “protect your balls from retracting” temperature.

As-is, I’d say wait until the shower head goes on sale for $20 before making your purchase.

Not recommended.

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  1. Geek^X says:

    Thanks for the review. I was thinking about buying one of these. I’ll take your advice and wait for it to go on sale.

    Maybe the flow rate is lower because of conservation of energy. It takes energy from the water to power the LED’s.