Can’t find your light switch in darkness? Fumbling
around more often than you like? Say hello
to Lite-A-Switch, an LED faceplate with three
lights on each side of the switch, which not only
let you know where it is, but also provide enough
light to navigate a room without having to turn
the room light on. The LED lights are on when
the room light is flipped off and are turned off
when the room light is on, so there’s no electricity
powering them unnecessarily.
The product claims that installation only takes
five minutes. It took me longer than that, but
that’s because I had no idea what I was doing
and had to ask for help. The website provides a
detailed installation guide for those who need it.
Unfortunately, these cannot be installed at RIT
because the power supply needs to be cut off to
the room before installation.
There are two styles of Lite-A-Switch: One is
called the Starlite Series, which has LEDs that
are visible squares on the faceplate; the other is
called the Moonlite Series, and it has LEDs which
shine through the solid plastic of the plate. The
lights come in three colors: blue, green, and
white. The faceplates are white, almond, and
beige, with a black series to be released soon.
They are designed for two-way f lip switches,
plugs, and rocker style switches. Some designs
are available for dual switches, but only in certain
colors and series.
The product works exactly as intended, without
flickering, dimming, or causing problems with
the lighting. Also, the LEDs provide enough light
that once your eyes adjust to the darkness of the
room, it’s plenty to see with, so that you can walk
comfortably across a room without tripping over
things. Another nice thing about this product is
that the estimated life is 10 to 11 years with constant
use. If you leave the room light on during
most nights, this will extend the life of the LEDs.
They’re really cool looking, and useful, too. I’m
not sure if I want one badly enough to pay $17 for
each and every room, but I still think it would be
nice to have a few more. Overall, I’d recommend
giving one a try.
Haven’t had enough yet? See the light at: liteaswitch.com