By Jeff Jumper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The HandySwitch is a battery operated wireless switch that claims to control any lamp, from anywhere, in any room.  The HandySwitch looks like your typical household switch, but there's no need to call for an electrician to install it.  The HandySwitch is a two part wireless device with a switch that transmits a signal to a receiver which plugs into your standard home outlet.  The battery operated switch comes with a special size 23A battery.  After opening the package, I followed the instructions and plugged the receiver into the outlet, followed by the lamp plug.  I ensured the lamp switch was on and I was ready to flip on the HandySwitch transmitter.  The switch was in working order from close proximity.

I attempted to test the switch form outside and I said, "I'm standing outside the building here at KPLC, and I have some glass, and some concrete, and brick walls in-between me and the light which is about twenty to thirty feet away from me right now.  We're going to go ahead and flip the switch...and it works!"

The switch holds up to the claims of working through walls, so I continued to test the switch from locations throughout the office.  The packaging also boasts a long range from the transmitter switch to the receiver.

I again stated, "We want to test the limit of this HandySwitch.  It claims it will work up to sixty feet away from the receiver, so we've measured that out here in the hallways of KPLC.  Let's find out if works...and it does!"

The receiver has a blue nightlight that is active when the switch is off and there's power to the outlet.  Once the switch is turned on, the nightlight deactivates.  The HandySwitch comes with a wall mount bracket and an adhesive strip.  I mounted the bracket to the wall of the 7 StormCenter and installed the receiver on our lamp, where it worked again with ease.  The switch can easily be removed and relocated to fit your needs.  It looks my purchase of the HandySwitch turned out to be a bright idea, so it flips the switch on a YES for this week's "Does it Work?" test.  We found the HandySwitch on local Lake Charles store shelves selling for about nine ninety-nine.

Here are few online extras before you decide to buy the HandySwitch.  We did not test the battery life on the HandySwitch.  According to the packaging, the switch is designed primarily for lamps and should not be used to power an extension cord.  The receiver only fits a two pronged cord, not a three prong grounded cord.  The maximum safe load for the HandySwitch is 300 Watts.  The receiver plug is designed only for indoor use.  You can use multiple HandySwitches in the same area.  Each transmitter switch and receiver is labeled with a unique serial code that matches, so you can track which switch goes with each device.

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