Crossed bedside lamps turn each other off and on

Ry4an sez, "Today's maker project was a pair of bedside lamps that switch one another. The effect is really jarring because the switches are so near the bulbs they'd normally control." I love this -- it's just annoying enough that you can imagine it appearing unintentionally in, say, a hotel room (the most notorious source of terrible lighting controls in the developed world), and yet perversely pleasing.

Crossed Lamps (Thanks, Ry4an!)

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19 Responses to “Crossed bedside lamps turn each other off and on”

  1. Chris Ball says:

    Strangely enough, this is actually a feature I would like in my bedside lamps. My wife has an annoying habit of falling asleep while reading in bed and leaving her light on. When I’m ready for lights-out, I have to reach over her to turn off her lamp–usually waking her up and often prompting her to turn the light back on and resume reading.

  2. Ladyfingers says:

    All hail separate bedrooms. Sharing a bed on a long term basis was a terrible experiment. 

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    • Boundegar says:

      I quite liked it, until my wife fired me.

  3. lutherblissett says:

    Repeat one hundred times, with a descriptive commentary delivered in dulcet tones (nurses uniform optional), and we’d be onto something…

  4. littlebrother says:

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  5. destroy_all_humans says:

    disappointing. I expected the one lamp to physically walk over and turn the other one off, Then a brouhaha would develop

  6. wrwetzel says:

    Swapping the controls of a dual-control electric blanked results in a great demonstration of a positive feedback avalanche. I’m a little warm and turn mine down. But she then gets a little cold and turns hers up. Repeat.

  7. Dave X says:

    But wait– there’s more! Every third time you use the right lamp to turn the left lamp off, it activates the garbage disposal! Health benefits of running downstairs to the kitchen included, or send the kids. Fun for everyone!

  8. elusis says:

    As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I strongly recommend against couples installing this in their bedroom.

  9. ldobe says:

    From the headline, I thought it was going to be one of the do-nothing machines, the one where if you switch it on, a hand pops out and switches itself off, but with lamps instead.

  10. p96 says:

    Too simple, this needs an Arduino, some solid state relays and use of the random function. Every flick of either switch changes the state of one, the other, both or none of the lights.

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