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Tech Corner: 5 ways under $35 to turn on a light

November 13, 2013

So you head to bed, transfer from your wheelchair, and then realize your bedroom light is still on…ugh!

The tech lab can help you with this, with November’s Edition of…

Craig Hospital’s Tech Corner

5 WAYS UNDER $35 TO TURN ON (and OFF) A LIGHT.

1.) Clapper Plus

HOW IT WORKS: Sound activated (noise pause noise) or remote activated

Clapper Plus, Amazon

Clapper Plus, Amazon

Highlights:

  • Yell, make pop sound with mouth, or clap to turn off/on
  • Remote with on/off function is included
  • Controls 2- 2-prong devices

Tech Lab Tip:

  • If you use the remote, use cabinet bumpers to raise buttons and make button pushing easier

2.) Touch Lamp Module

HOW IT WORKS: Converts a lamp into a touch lamp (must have metal on the lamp and a metal socket -where the light bulb goes)

Amertac-Westek 6603BC 150W Screw-In Touch Dimmer, Amazon

Amertac-Westek 6603BC 150W Screw-In Touch Dimmer, Amazon

Highlights:

  • Touch Dimmer
  • Converts lamp to a 3-way touch control
  • Just touch for on/off

3.) Light Foot Switch (extension cable)

HOW IT WORKS: Attach to any lamp and push button to turn on/off

Lighted Foot Switch with 9 Ft 3 Outlet Cord -- White Extension Cable, from Amazon.com

Lighted Foot Switch with 9 Ft 3 Outlet Cord — White Extension Cable, from Amazon.com

Highlights:

  • Use hand, wrist, or foot to push power button on/off
  • 9ft extension from wall plug
  • 3 outlets (power on/off 3 things with one button)

Tech Lab Tip:

  • Button can be attached to a counter, bed rail, table, etc. with velcro so that the user can punch/hit the light on and off

4.) Remote control light bulbs

HOW IT WORKS: Turn on lights using remote controlled light bulbs

HDE® Screw-In Wireless Light Bulb Remote Control Adapter, Amazon

HDE® Screw-In Wireless Light Bulb Remote Control Adapter, Amazon

Highlights:

  • Bulbs offer long lamp life and some are energy-saving
  • Bulb and remote sets offer different remote functionality options
  • Upgrade options are available to integrate household lighting

5.) Wirelessly controlled electric switch socket

HOW IT WORKS: Plug lamps and fans into numbered sockets turn on and off from one remote

Etekcity® 5 Pack Wireless Control Outlet Light Switch Socket with 1 Remote, Amazon.com

Etekcity® 5 Pack Wireless Control Outlet Light Switch Socket with 1 Remote, Amazon.com

Highlights:

  • Control 5 devices from one remote
  • Remote battery included
  • Works up to 60 feet away through walls, doors and floors
  • Plugs into standard wall outlet

Tech Lab Tip:

  • Velcro remotes to bed rails for convenience and accessibility