When Christmas rolls around, most dads and husbands can expect a tie or a World’s Greatest Dad mug, or maybe a cloisonne tie clip in the logo of the favorite sports team. (OK, my dad can expect that.) My husband? I figured he has a few years before the dad gifts roll in, so we’ll go with gadgets for now. He got the Li’l Guppie, a supercharged carabiner, and the Instant Switch.
(The Guppie, by the by, is an amazing invention, a kind of fish-shaped Swiss Army carabiner with a blade sharp enough to gut a rhino. Highly recommended for the RocketMan in your life.)
What’s the Magic Instant Switch? A remote control light switch, of course! Why do you need an Instant Switch? Because you have a pre-war apartment with only two outlets per room and a deep loathing of unflattering overhead lighting, of course! The little wireless unit—slightly thicker, but roughly the same size as, your garden-variety switchplate—controls a lamp on the other side of the room. For new-house-dwellers, this might not be such a big deal. For us, it’s The Clapper 3.0.
We’ve always been big fans of the outlet light switch so we can control power without needing to unplug anything, but the problem is, that means extension cords. A lot of extension cords. Some are unavoidable (like the one needed to power the white noise machine and nightlight in the nursery, where there are a grand total of zero outlets), but with the Amazingly Magic Instant Switch, the bureau lamp in our bedroom? Extension cord no more! Plug it into the switch receiver, install the switchplate by the door, and the Incredible Amazingly Magic Instant Switch does the work of three extension cords and a walk across the room.
I’m interested in getting more for other rooms in the apartment, but since it works from sixty feet away and we don’t have sixty feet of distance anywhere in the RocketDigs, I’m worried we’d have lights flipping on and off all over.
Speaking of which, wouldn’t The Clapper go into overdrive during the State of the Union address?