Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Handy Switch Delivers

My 1920s apartment has almost no overhead lighting and the switches control outlets that are totally inconvenient for lamps. When we moved in, I struggled with the only two choices I could think of:
1) Arrange the furniture and lamps in a way that accommodated the switches but was otherwise inconvenient and visually unappealing to me, or
2) Try running extension cords behind and under furniture so I could put the lamps where I wanted them and still use the switches.
We rent, so rewiring was totally out of the question.

Luckily, one day, not long after moving in, when I was at Target picking up some other things we needed for the new apartment I saw an ingenious little device called the Handy Switch. (I am not compensated by this company in any way.) After some initial skepticism, we were pleasantly surprised by how convenient and useful it was. We are now the owners of several Handy Switches and have been using them with much success for the past year and a half.

There are two parts to it: a wall mounted switch and an outlet adaptor. You simply nail the switch where you want the light switch to be and plug the adaptor in to the outlet where you want your lamp to be. Plug your lamp into the outlet adaptor and, like magic, it is now controlled by the switch.

We were able to arrange our furniture in the way that we wanted without the mess and hassle of extension cords all over the place. The Handy Switch definitely works for me.


  1. Genius! Thanks for sharing. I lived in an apartment like that before the wedding. When we realized that the master suite in our newly purchased home had the same problem, we had such fun ripping the walls and changing that wiring!

  2. i have never heard of these and man oh man do i need a few! THANK YOU for sharing!!

  3. I saw these a few weeks ago and I was wondering how (if) they worked. I'll have to give them a shot!

  4. I've never heard of these, but they are brilliant! Thanks for cluing me in!

  5. That's such a great idea! I'm definitely going to check them out. It would make decorating our townhouse so much easier!


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