Know Your Switches

When you have a panel full of light switches, it can be challenging to remember which is which. The Floor Plan Light switch offers an easy solve. The switches are modified according to the floor plan of the room and operate accordingly. So in a single glance you know which switch controls what.

Designer: Taewon Hwang

122 Comments

  • Lawrence says:

    Or…you just remember because its your house and you live there….

  • jesper says:

    Or… this is a nice piece of design, just think about if you had one of these next to the front door in the hallway. Then you turn off every lamp you have got before leaving – saving energy. Good work

    • malagrond says:

      Or you walk through your entire house and turn everything off manually, which results in the following:

      1) Improved time management in order to provide ample time for walking through the house.
      2) Exercise, especially necessary in today's lethargic and sedentary world.
      3) Save energy, blah blah blah.

  • phil says:

    nice idea! Good work!

  • Designer 01 says:

    Not very intuitive at all. Might be good for the owner who knows the floor plan. However, I could still see this being confusing. Also, not very viable from a manufacturing stand point. Each unit would have to be customized. You might be able to design some sort of modular assembly but I could see this just getting way too complicated.

    • Anonymous says:

      I completely agree. Simple labels or symbols would be a lot more practical. Even then you'd have to wire it all up to the same unit.

  • Anonymous says:

    I completely agree. Simple labels or symbols would be a lot more practical. Even then you'd have to wire it all up to the same unit.

  • AndyL says:

    This would be nifty. Expensive though.

    If you're doing this sort of complex wiring, You might as well go all the way and have computer controlled lights.

    It'd still be cool to control them with a panel like this, though.

  • Sean says:

    labeling will be much effective(together with cost too) than this

  • Andrew says:

    great design, but same function as labeling switch

  • Jason K says:

    This concept (and its early implementation) is described in “Design of Everyday Things” by Donald Norman. A must read for designers, apparently.

  • NoneOfTheAbove says:

    But it'd be much more difficult to operate while blindly fumbling in the dark, say, when you first wake up. A physical switch can always be operated, as long as you can find it.

  • Nicholas says:

    Hey Taewon ,
    I'm Nicholas and i have a blog which features the latest gadgets for men. We would really love to have an email interview with you regarding this invention . Could you reply me via email? Thank you .

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    Nicholas Ong

  • mik says:

    Although producing this in large series could be difficult, and besides all problems pionted earlier, this is a great concept. Perhaps it s not the best aplliance for it, but it s still a good approach. I ve read “labeling” would be easier, but still this way of identifying which light is on/off would depend on the previous knoledge of color assignment, (if labels with colors) or in case text is used, reading. The idea of knowing which light is on without knowing the room and only by connecting what you see to the light switch is gooooooood. At least that is what most product designers want to achieve in their designs; intuitive connection between user and object.

  • Jimmy C says:

    I agree with designer01. Plus, if you turn on all the lights in the room at once, won't that waste electricity?

  • pablo says:

    I find it very effective not only in design also think that would look nice in any home ….

  • narendran says:

    I like this concept…
    I completely agree that this cannot be mass produced, as it requires customisation.
    This concept will be very much useful for hotel rooms where the floor plan is identical (in general).
    And it can for sure find itself more applications.

    • anonymous says:

      Considering mass produced design work looses it value and uniqueness, this design would be a custom order and a company could easily pick this up and take special orders for housing and commercial buildings. The price would obviously be more money but great design is costly and not cheap. Bravo for this design.

  • This would be great and would look nice in any home..

  • This would be great and would look nice in any home..

  • Q_an says:

    Maybe you can only apply it in such apartement or any building that have typical floor plan. Not effective for every house~

  • Jamie says:

    ahhh. We NEED something like this. And it looks easy to make, too 🙂

  • Jamie says:

    ahhh. We NEED something like this. And it looks easy to make, too 🙂

  • Fail says:

    This idea was in the book “The Design of Everyday Things” by Donald A. Norman, originally published in 1988.

  • OHGODNO says:

    As an electrician, I can tell you that wiring this sort of thing would be a nightmare.

  • Scott Mccormick says:

    needs a little “you are here” red X

  • Chris DaMour says:

    this is gotta be a z-wave switch, otherwise wiring would be a nightmare.

    make it z-wave and i'll but a dozen immediately

  • Jerry says:

    See the book wrote by Donald Norman first, OK???…………………..

  • RutgerWink says:

    where can i orde that is so neat!

  • malagrond says:

    Or you walk through your entire house and turn everything off manually, which results in the following:

    1) Improved time management in order to provide ample time for walking through the house.
    2) Exercise, especially necessary in today's lethargic and sedentary world.
    3) Save energy, blah blah blah.

  • Robert says:

    awesome! stumbled

  • Chris Shaw says:

    lacks manufacturability, each design is bespoke thus the cost to make is high, and who on earth will pay 4x more for a bespoke switch than for a simple one? I think the future is to have smart phone controllable lights personally, the idea of having the control in your pocket 24/7 beats this.

  • FH says:

    It would be cool if you can use this design on the cellphone to on/off the light.

  • Brian says:

    It’s amazing how sometimes genius and simplicity go hand in hand. Not that this is necessarily genius… but it’s still pretty thoughtful.

  • Martin Hruska says:

    Some women don’t understand floor plans and maps. They don’t see any connection between lines on paper and reality.

    So this is men-only light switch.

    • A woman says:

      Some men can’t do more than one thing at a time. They just can’t multitask. So better not try to operate this while holding anything or hmmm I guess even breathing at the same time! Oh I better get back into that kitchen now…

    • A woman says:

      Some men can’t do more than one thing at a time. They just can’t multitask. So better not try to operate this while holding anything or hmmm I guess even breathing at the same time! Oh I better get back into that kitchen now.

      • christopher says:

        Ha ha that was great ha I’m pretty sure both men and women are going to be able to use this ha ha.

  • Zune says:

    … seriously? Looks like H.G. Wells’ Time Traveller is actually named Martin Hruska. Welcome to the 21st century, old chap!

  • Jason says:

    The concept, I think, is amazing. However, and this could be possibly due to ignorance of those who live in multi room homes vs apartments, why would one want to turn on lights in a room that they are not currently in? just out of curiosity.

  • Ryan says:

    or….you leave them all on……

    or….you have to walk back to your entrance to turn lights on and off

    or…..you have an extra switch with a lengthier manufacturing process, which contributes to overall resource consumption.

    conclusion: waste of energy, sorry to sound like a downer

    just another piece of technology furthering our sloth and ineptness.

  • Tom says:

    It may be better as a remote control

  • Richard S says:

    Very interesting design concept, could be flushed out and improved but I think it would go right along a security system. Besides, it would be nice to come home late at night and be able to turn on several lights just as you enter the door for lots of reasons.

  • Duc Trong says:

    How to click the right switch if i have many kinds of light in the same room ?

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  • Bingjian says:

    Hello! If you read Dr Donald Arthur Norman’s book , you’ll know this is his idea,not yours, Mr Hwang!

  • Jasen says:

    The wiring would be a fiasco. .

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  • iain Zerg says:

    No you wouldn’t (have to wire it all up), that’s where the advent of both wireless fixtures/lamps, and now individual wireless bulbs have made switches like this not only practical, but intuitive, and more and more affordable.

  • iain Zerg says:

    No, no you wouldn’t (have to wire it all up), that’s where the advent of both wireless fixtures/lamps, and now individual wireless bulbs have made switches like this not only practical, but intuitive, and more and more affordable.

  • iain Zerg says:

    No, I’m sorry but you wouldn’t (have to wire it all up), that’s where the advent of both wireless fixtures/lamps, and now individual wireless bulbs have made switches like this not only practical, but intuitive, and more and more affordable.

  • iain Zerg says:

    Wireless light fixtures, lamps, and now even wireless bulbs mean this does not require any more wiring than is currently necessary. In fact it’s entirely possible it could make wiring less of a headache/nightmare than it is now.
    .

  • iain Zerg says:

    Wireless fixtures and even bulbs mean extra headaches for electricians is not necessary, at all.

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