Trouble Turning On
December 23, 2010 4:33 PM Subscribe
I've got a lamp plugged into a wall switch controlled outlet. I'd like to be able to turn off the light at the switch and next to the lamp while somehow maintaining the ability to turn the light on from either spot regardless of how I turned the lamp off. (Degree of difficulty: I don't want a Clapper).
posted by JakeLL to home & garden (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The switch is right inside the front door and the outlet is on the far side of the room, leading to the rest of the appartment. Often I'll turn off the lamp physically at night because I don't want to have to traverse the room in pitch black when I'm turning in for the night. Trouble is that then the wall switch won't work when I get home from work because the lamp itself is off.
My best idea: Is there any type of switch that I can put inline between my lamp and the outlet that will flip to the "on" position after the power running to it is cut (turning the wall switch to "off")? Then it won't matter if I turn off my lamp (by this inline switch), when I get home, I can just toggle my wall switch, power would be cut to the inline switch, flipping it to "on," and then when I flip the electricity back on, the lamp will get the power.
Does this exist? What is it called?
Any better ideas that don't involve an electrician?