Light Switch Gear Toggle


I’ve been fascinated by laser-cut toggles for light switches, so I made this for a friend based on one I saw online. The most challenging and time consuming aspect of creating it seemed to be the gears, so I used the files from a spirograph set I found on Instructables for the gears. The rest was just a lot of measuring to make sure all the holes were in the right place to fit the switch. A couple of cardboard prototypes later, it was ready to be cut from plywood. You can’t tell that the light is turning off because there was a separate light shining on it.


A very nice execution on the idea … now I’d like to see some kind of Home Automation gizmo attach to this and put it into motion. :sunglasses::glowforge:


Very cool! Reminds me of the Dr. Frankenstein style light switch I had up for a while. :sunglasses:


Fantastic! Especially the action shot.


What the what? This is fantastic and yes on the GIF! Love the little hole in the handle to get the switch plate screw! And all the detail!


I love how you made something more complex to accomplish an easy task…but much more cool!!!




Who knew a switch could be fun?! VERY nice!


That… is ridiculous.





I love this mechanical device to facilitate old technology, but created with new tech!


That’s Awesome!!!


I’ve been wanting to make one of these for a while, but I’ve been trying to find a way to make one that moves the activation point down lower for my kids to use. So far the best I’ve come up with is a pull string or a really long stick, both of which wouldn’t stand up to the abuse of children. Fantastic job on yours!


I expect you could use the same basic design as I did, but flip it upside down and make the lever longer. I’m no engineer, but a different combination of gear sizes should make it require a lot less swing to operate.


I like that. If I did it upside down, I might be able to put a lower gear down the wall and rig up a pulley system.


I love the idea but I wonder how long it would take me to get sick of it :joy:


This is great. There are a lot on google images I found under “steampunk light switch”


I love that!