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 in the home every now and then. You can move furniture, buy new throw pillows, or undertake 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 DIY project 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!

People have had a fascination for secret doors and hidden compartments since ancient times. Thousands of years ago, the Egyptians hid chambers deep in their pyramids. While hidden doors may not be found in everyone’s home nowadays, the desire to have clandestine passageways and hidden light switches hasn’t dwindled.

This particular project is easy and should not take more than a couple of hours to complete. Plus, it’s inexpensive.

As always, however, you have to be careful when using electric appliances in a DIY project. 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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