Touch Light Dimmer

We began with this project in my design for change class. We followed a process that is based on, discovery, ideation, experimentation, prototyping, and testing. This includes, brain storming looking for drivers and constraints, asking for feedback, etc. The idea that we came up with after a lot of thinking and wondering around was to make a lamp that was easy to turn on and off, thats why we decided that it would be a touch light were you only have to touch the lamp in order to turn it on and off, it also has 3 levels of intensity.


  • screwdriver
  • wrench
  • AMP connector crimp tool
  • AMP connectors
  • 3 way touch dimmer module
  • lamp

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Step 1: Step 1: Discovery

We began with this idea when we were wondering around asking people for their ideal lamps, most of them described one that when touch it turns on as a reading light. They also requested for a lamp that the intensity of the light could adjust.

These are the questions we asked:

Tell me about your favorite lamp... why?

What would be your ideal lamp? why?

What is something that you don't like about a lamp at home? why?

How often do you use a lamp in your daily bases and for what do you use it for?

Step 2: Step 2: Ideation

Using the notes we took about what people liked in a lamp and what they did not like in a lamp we made quick sketches of of designs and ideas. We picked about 5 of our favorite sketches and went to the same people again for feedback.

Step 3: Step 3: Experimentation

With the feedback, we made our final sketch and made some modifications. We began to search for videos in youtube and and found this video which gave us the materials and tools we were going to need, it also gave us the step to adding the touch dimmer. We also used a paper with instructions.

Step 4: Step 4: Prototyping

We ordered the touch dimmer in amazon and the rest of the tools we brought them form home. With the first lamp we failed, then we used another lamp and we used it for practice.

Step 5: Step 5: Testing

This is our final product. A lamp that turns on and off whenever the metal is touched and there are three levels of intensity.

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    6 Discussions


    16 days ago

    I really like the idea of making a touch sensor lamp. I also like the creativity and the option to dim the light. I wonder how could you improve your lamp?


    18 days ago

    I really like your idea on this lamp, I like how you can touch it and it will turn on. I wonder how many times did you have to try to make this lamp work?

    Miranda Yee

    18 days ago on Step 5

    I wonder how did you place the thing so that when you put your hand the lamp turns on. But it is a super cool lamp!

    Miranda Yee

    18 days ago

    I like the creativeness of this lamp! I wonder if you could make more designed based on this lamp!


    18 days ago

    I like that your lamp has the option to dim the light.
    I wonder if you can make the steps more clear.

    Amanda Pedraza

    18 days ago on Step 5

    It is a really cool and innovative project. It is fantastic idea and it is a good design.