Rubegoldbergian light-switch cover

Etsy's GreenTreeJewelry makes these whimsical, rube goldbergian light-switch covers that let you toggle the switch by means of a delightfully superfluous mechanism: "This light switch cover is completely functional. Levered handle toggles back and forth, turning on and off light switch."

Toggle Light Switch Plate (via Red Ferret)


  1. When you have multiple switches connected to the same light, whether or not “down” represents on or off can change (depending on the position of the other switches).  That nice “on/off” label might not always be correct.  I think they have to add even more gizmos to correct for that.

    1. Then you need a more complex mechanism – switching one switch will move the arrow above that switch, and swap the on/off labels over the other switch.

  2. very nice!  now for version-2 the primary handle ought to be in the form of huge Frankenstein knife switch   …which pivots a linkage, which annoys a monkey, who turns on a fan, which starts up an OK-go vid…

  3. It would be much more attractive without the copyright burned conspicuously into the front of it. 

  4. My favorite switch plate was in a patient room at my urologist. It was a naked fat man and the switch was his penis.

  5. Flip it upside down so your short kids can flick the lights on and off repeatedly…

    Or maybe don’t do that.

  6. I’m not sure a level directly conencted to a switch through a simple linkage counts as “Rubegoldbergian”.

    1. Yes, that is how it is for your smaller neighbour too. Down being on just makes sense! Unless it is a rocker style switch, in which case, the depressed top is on. I am going to spend the rest of my day noticing light switch inconsistencies. 

    1. The one on the right is what ours look like in the US (albeit with a bigger cover plate), at least for those of us who have replaced them in the last 15 years.

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