How to Make a Secret Book Light Switch

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Turning the lights on or off would mean tilting a very specific book.
Turning the lights on or off would mean tilting a very specific book.

It’s nice to make a few changes into the home every now and then. It may simply mean moving furniture, new throw pillows, or a drastic change in wall color. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Whatever it is, introducing something new keeps things fun and refreshing.

This is a fun and creative alternative to the old, boring light switch.
This is a fun and creative alternative to the old, boring light switch.

If you’re looking for a fresh idea, today’s your lucky day. This secret book light switch will be a nice surprise for family and friends. This will work wherever you have a row of books displayed. Turning the light on or off would mean tilting a very specific book. And because it’s a “secret”, it’ll be fun asking guests to find the switch.

This project is easy and should not take more than a couple of hours to finish. Plus, it’s inexpensive. You have to be careful with the electrical part though. Better have the finished product checked before giving it a go – just to be on the safe side.

Materials:

  • 1 pc – hardback book
  • 1 pc – 1/16 x 3/4″ (1.6 x 19 mm) aluminum bar
  • 1 pc – SPDT (Single pole double throw) on-on push button switch
  • 4 pcs – #6 x 1/4″ (6.4 mm) self-tapping sheet metal screws
  • 1 pc – 3/4″ (19 mm) wide brass hinge
  • 1 pc – Lutron Credenza lamp dimmer. This is can be replaced with an extension cord.
  • 2 pcs – short pieces of shrink tubing
  • A roll of rubber tape
  • A small zip tie

Tools:

  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Sharpie/Marker
  • Vise/vise grips
  • Drill with drill bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Soldering iron/gun

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If you want to start making a secret book light switch, watch the video below…

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