A Big Convenience for People with Paraplegia
It can be difficult to try to turn light switches on or off, especially if you have quadriplegia and cannot use your hands. A touch sensitive light switch solves this problem. It is also inconvenient to have to find a light switch while I'm rolling into a room in a wheelchair in the dark. The kitchen light switch is sometimes on the other side of the room and I crash into things trying to get to the switch. A motion detector light switch can solve this problem. Both switches can be found in stores like Home Depot for ten to fifteen dollars each. The increased safety and convenience of using these switches is well worth the money.
I can turn this lamp on or off by touching any metal part of it. This lamp is all metal, even the base which is about all I can reach at 3:00 am when I'm sound asleep and need to turn on the lamp.
This particular switch just screws into a lamp socket. The light is then screwed into the switch. There are many different types of touch sensitive switches. Some lamps come with a touch sensitive switch already installed. The switches are around eight or ten dollars.
Installing the touch sensitive light switch is as simple as screwing in a light bulb - twice; once for the switch itself, and once for the light.
Motion detector light switches are a great convenience. They are three position switches. Press the switch to its upper position and the light automatically turns on when you come into the room. It stays on for anywhere from fifteen seconds to fifteen minutes depending on how you set its internal timer. Since it detects motion, if it goes off while you are in the room, just wave your hands around and the light will come on again. The center position turns the light off, and the bottom position turns it back on again like a normal switch.
If you are unfamiliar with electrical circuits have a qualified electrician install this switch. Notice in this picture you can see a little green light in the middle of the switch. This indicates that the detector sensed motion and has turned the light on. I have several of these switches in our home and my wife really likes them when she walks through the house at night.