There are many different types of light switches available on the market and for the most part they are built to address specific consumer needs. These light switches can be confusing, but if you consider them from a strictly utilitarian point of view they become a bit less confusing. Not entirely, mind you, but a little bit less confusing.
A pilot-light switch contains a bulb that illuminates as the result of electricity flowing directly through the switch. The pilot-light switch is an ideal choice for when you’ve got a fixture that is not in plain view. In other words, you should consider a pilot-light switch for lamps and lights that flood your attic with light or the garage when the door is shut or opens.
Then there is the programmable light switch. This is a digital control that, as the name suggests, can be programmed to keep those lights turning off and on even when you are riding whatever ride replaced the irreplaceable Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disney World. Programmable light switches are excellent for the Dale Gribbles among us who are paranoid about security or else for people who actually do live in neighborhoods primed for hooligans and thieves.
The programmable light switch should not be confused with the time-delay light switch although similarities do exist. The time-delay switch comes with a dial that you can set to run for as long as an hour. This kind of electrical switch is ideal not just for lamps in the garage so you don’t have to get out on a freezing night when you forget to turn off the light, but also for space heaters and fans.
If you have kids who enjoy getting their curious little fingers into your stuff, consider the tamperproof switch. This kind of electrical switch actually requires a key to operate. If you don’t have the key or don’t know where the key is, you are out of luck. Good news for those parents with children who are too much the detective. A tamperproof switch is great for any kind of electrical appliance that provides too much temptation; everything from a gate to a door leading to an indoor pool.
Speaking of protecting things, there is also a motion-sensor security switch. These are definitely good things for protecting backyard pools or any part of the house that tempts not just curious kids, but those hooligans and thieves. This motion-sensor switches work by virtue of an infrared beam that catches any motion that shouldn’t be there and turns on the light. The best way to make these things work is to get a really bright light with a really wide beam. Scare the Jebus out anyone by putting them directly in the spotlight.