Brutal/primitive lamp/charging station


#1

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#2

One disagreement: “toggle-switch (the best switch)” … No, that would be the knife switch!


#3

I dunno, that block of wood for the base seems kind of effete. Couldn’t they find a broken cinder block?


#4

It’s $195? Really? Couldn’t you just make one yourself… all DIY style? Also, same with any decor/furniture from anthropologie.


#5

Did unfinished basements suddenly become chic? Because that’s the vibe I’m getting from this object.


#6

Indeed, I would have thought that would be obvious to Cory. Knife switch >> toggle switch. Ideally with some arcing before it makes contact.


#7

Where’s the satire tag…


#8

Yeahhh, no. It’s brutally unfinished and a huge waste of space IMO, but hey, I like Lima beans and brussel sprouts, so beholders eye and whatnot.


#9

If I did, I would sell it for $194.


#10

I guess I am too scared for safety. The knife switch potentially puts actual 120V electricity right there for me to carelessly brush my hand across and complete the circuit. Cheaper to just stick a fork in a socket to get the same effect. Cool though…?


#11

And then you’d be $194 dollars richer…


#12

Yeah I have a functionally equivalent device beside my bed. It runs off a USB power source, has an LED lamp and a touch operated switch which is easy to use in the dark, as well as USB out for my kindle. It has no retro style but I kind of like living in 2014.


#13

It looks like it needs a large steel ball bearing rolling down a ramp to flip the switch on.


#14

Almost as overpriced as it is ugly.


#15

I know a naked emperor who would LOVE this.


#16

I know a guy who has a knife switch for the lights in his basement - he switched the whole thing over to 12V so the knife switch isn’t hazardous.


#17

Hehe, we’re not trying to be sensible here. Of course there are high-power high voltage manual switches designed not to arc or to short bare skin for that matter, but they are too safe to be cool.


#18

This design is almost certainly ‘inspired’ by a reddit /r/DIY thread from last year:


#19

This looks like one of my more successful DIY projects. Only more polished-looking.


#20

I am pro-knife switch though. The “control” panel my son and I are building has a knife switch that he absolutely requires be a part of it, just boring 12V though. If we could get the arc effect without killing ourselves…