Toilet And Bathroom Light Cannot Turn Off?

Imagine this scenario: You’ve just finished using the bathroom and headed out, flicking the light switch off along the way. However, when you turn to close the bathroom door, you notice something strange – the bathroom light is still on! You try flipping the switch again, but nothing happens. 

The light is stuck on, and you’re left wondering what to do. It’s a frustrating and annoying situation, isn’t it?

Why does it happen? Why doesn’t the light switch turn off the bathroom light?

Problem: Toilet And Bathroom Light Won’t Turn Off

If you’ve experienced a situation where your bathroom or toilet light won’t turn off even after flipping the switch, the problem is most likely a faulty switch mechanism. When you turn off the switch, it doesn’t disconnect the circuit, keeping the light fixture on.

Why The Problem Occurs

There could be several reasons why a toilet light switch mechanism fails, such as wear and tear over time or poor electrical installation. Whatever the reason may be, it’s annoying and potentially dangerous. We cover more details on why your light switch won’t turn off the light, so read there for the whys.

There could be several reasons why a light switch mechanism fails, such as wear and tear over time or poor electrical installation. Over time, the internal mechanism can wear down and not allow the proper disconnection in the switch circuit.

~ EES Electrical Tips (updated May 2023) ~

While a light that won’t turn off might not seem like a major problem, it can actually pose some danger. When left unchecked, electrical issues can pose a serious hazard to you and your family, like the unfortunate water heater accident in Jurong. A faulty light switch can potentially lead to electrical shocks or even fires – this will cause significant damage to your home and put your loved ones in danger.

What for take the risk? That’s why we recommend that to address any electrical issue as soon as possible to prevent any potential hazards from occurring.

How To Fix A Faulty Bathroom Light Switch

Step 1: Turn Off The Circuit Breaker Power

The first step in addressing a faulty light switch is to turn off the circuit breaker power to the affected bathroom or toilet. This will turn off the bathroom light, but also remember that your entire bathroom will not have electricity or power.

This step is essential to ensure that there’s no live electrical current running to the switch when it’s being repaired.

Step 2: Call An Electrician For Help

Call an electrician (EES responds very quickly to customers!) to come inspect and fix the faulty switch. A licensed electrician is able to test and diagnose the electrical issue with the light switch. They’ll first use a voltage tester to test the light switch, before helping to safely disassemble, remove and replace the faulty light switch. They’ll have the expertise and necessary equipment to quickly repair the light switch correctly.

Step 3: Replace The Faulty Light Switch

Hate to say it, but there’s generally only one solution to a faulty light switch: your electrician simply has to replace it with a new light switch. Your electrician can supply a new switch and install it for you (of course, you’d need to pay for the light switch). Once the new switch is installed, your bathroom light or toilet light can now turn on and off with no problems.

Additional Bathroom Tips From Our Electricians: Use IP Rating Lights For Splash Zones

What Are IP Rating Lights?

IP (Ingress Protection) rating is a standard used to indicate how well an electrical device can withstand environmental factors like dust and water. The IP rating is usually a two-digit number; the first digit refers to protection against solid objects, and the second digit refers to protection against liquids. The higher the number, the greater the protection.

IP Rating Standard by the International Electrotechnical Commission

Why Are IP Rating Lights Important For Splash Zones?

In bathrooms and toilets, light fixtures can often be located near water sources, such as sinks, showers, and baths. These areas are known as splash zones.

It’s absolutely crucial to use IP rating lights to ensure safety and prevent electrical hazards – if water splashes onto non-IP rating light fixtures, water can seep into the light fixture and it can cause short circuits, shocks, or even fires.

For light fixtures in splash zones, we recommend using IP rating lights with a minimum rating of IP44. This rating indicates that the light is protected against splashing water from any direction and is suitable for use in zone 2 areas of the bathroom or toilet.

For lights installed directly above the shower or bath, we recommend using IP rating lights with a higher rating of at least IP65 to ensure greater protection against water exposure.

By choosing the right IP rating lights for your bathroom and toilet, you’re making sure that you’re keeping yourself and your family safe, and also prolonging the lifespan of your electrical light fixtures.

Final Notes For A Faulty Light Switch Problem

So those are our tips for you. Even though your light switch won’t turn off and it’s throwing off your entire vibe, don’t stress – our team at EES is available to help with our quick and reliable electrician services in Singapore. Our team of licensed and experienced electricians will diagnose the problem, provide you with a safe solution, and get your electricals back to normal again.

Don’t wait until it’s too late – contact us today to schedule your appointment. Your peace of mind is worth it!