If your kids are old enough to be trusted with turning on and off the lights, but are not yet tall enough, this will bring the light switch down to their level, while still leaving it up where you can reach it. I don't remember if I was inspired by another project I saw somewhere, or if I just dreamed it up all by my lonesome. Either way it came in real handy for the last few years. I recently disassembled the ones I made since my youngest can now reach the switch on his own, so I don't have a picture of the finished project. Sorry. The drawing should still give you the idea.

Step 1: Materials & Tools

light switch (thicker ones work better)
wire coat hanger (thicker/stiffer ones work better for this, too)
wooden dowel or bead ~ 1/2" diameter

screw driver
wire cutters
hot glue gun
sand paper
I love your idea of mapping the circuits in your house! it looks like you have all the outlets and switches covered and labeled. I might be using that someday.
Why couldn't you drill the hole with the switch still attached?? seems like a waste of time to go through all that when you are simply putting a tiny hole in plastic. I would replace step three with text saying drill hole through switch. (you would have to drill from the door jamb side to avoid the drill chuck from scuffing your wall but this would save you a lot of time.) While you had the switch out you should have replaced it with a new one.. they are 58cents at Lowes and yours look pretty grungy. the plate is like 45cents.
I suppose I could have drilled while the switch was still installed. I didn't feel confident enough in my ability to preserve the pristine fixtures and wall, though. Actually, the switch/plate/wall look as they do because we are just too lazy to finish re-furbishing that bathroom. I think part of it is, the kids will just grunge it up again in about 20 minutes, so why bother. You should see the rest of the house. Actually, you shouldn't.
Can I get some cheese with that whine...................
Why is that whining? Do you like doing unnecessary steps in an instructable? Nice use of a tired old saying too... what are you 90?
*You* sound like a crotchety old 90 year old, yelling at everyone and whipping his cane in the air...<br/>
Get off my lawn! you bunch of whippersnappers. Candy bars used to be a penny. When I was your age i had respect for my... ZZZZ zzzz ZZZZ I think you guys are adding a lot of creative interpretation to the tone of my comment.
All I mean is I think the user above me was joking...not serious. :-)
This is a really nice design! There are commercial products out there with _two_ pull cords and a pulley, but a single action is much better for toddlers. <br/><br/>You can also buy <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.dynamic-living.com/product/light-switch-extender/">light switch extenders</a> as either assistive technology or children's products. These screw on over an existing switch (good for renters). <br/><br/>Coming up with your own design is always better :-)<br/>
Now that you posted that link, I think that might have been where I got my idea. I just figured "why spend the $$, when I've got a drill and some coat hangers laying around".
Why don't you just use two switches. One highter for you and one lower for the kids. Im not sure what it is called. I think its called a "double through, double pull switch" or something.
Good work, good idea, but I think you are doing too much emphasis on the bead. The bead is absolutely dispensable, the main thing is the stiff wire.
The bead is good for small children with limited grasp. My daughter has trouble holding our regular spoons (narrow metal handle), but users her own spoon with a thick plastic handle without difficulty.
Also, the wire could poke little hands and eyes! Eek!
Yup. Something stiff and something to hold on to. If those are the same thing, more power to ya'. Paradoxically, little hands need big handles. The way of the world, I guess.
have a dowel rod on a hook so that you can push up on it to turn the light on and off
I'll be that works really well. And you don't have to worry about the rod bending like the wire sometimes does with enthusiastic kids :)
Good idea - can you add a picture of the finished pull? L
I wish I could. But, as I said in the intro, I took mine appart a few weeks ago, before joining Instructables. The parts are long gone. I'm adding a few comments to the final image and expanding the final step. I hope that clarifies things some.
Could you thread a bit of string through the hole in the switch and put something on the end? It would complete this nicely. L
You certainly could thread a string through the hole in the switch, but then you could only use it to turn the light off. Only half as useful, I think.
Nice idea.<br/><br/>It would be good if you could recreate the project so that you can add a less-confusing final image (for those members who don't actually <em>read</em> what you've written...).<br/>
i thought the bead was an olive
I thought it was a lemon - I was really wondering how a lemon-battery powered (lamp, presumably) was going to work to help toddlers switch lights on & off. :)
Have you figured out an easy way for them to turn off the lights, too?
That's not string, that's the coat hanger. They just have to push the bead up to turn it off (probably vice versa).
I do better when I actually read the text.<br/><br/><sub><sup>...but, as lemonie said, a picture of the end result would have told me that at a glance.</sup></sub><br/>

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