Arcade Button Light Switch

by Bible9230, published

Arcade Button Light Switch by Bible9230 Feb 7, 2013

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Convert your boring old light switches into something more exciting! Mix and match your button and box colors to suit your mood or decor. You have the option of single, double, or triple switch configurations.


This conversion only works for rocker switches. New rockers with plenty of spring action work best. If you have toggle switches, you will need to change them out.

How many switches are you going to cover? Select and print the proper lid, box, and plate.

Print the number of buttons and rings needed for your lid choice. The ring is the only part that will need to be printed using supports in MakerWare.

Some parts have a .015 deep pocket on the backside to make it easier to remove the prints from the table surface. I hope this helps.

Part Clean Up:
You may need to do some light sanding or filing (needle files work best) to get the parts to fit together properly. The inside surface of the rings will probably need the most work to ensure a smooth sliding of the buttons. The rings should fit firmly into the lid holes.

Box Assembly:
Place all of your rings into the lid and set face down onto a flat surface. Only glue from the BACK SIDE (there is a photo for reference). Using a hot glue gun, lightly tack each ring in place making certain the ring and lid are fully together. Very little glue is needed

It's better to glue the lid and box together after the rings are already glued in place to make certain the lid will fit firmly into the box. With the lid still flat on the table, set the box on lid. Don't squeeze the wall sides while glueing since it may affect the fit onto the adapter plate. Lightly tack into place with hot glue.

Final Assembly:
Your rocker light switches will need to be spaced properly from the wall to get the best fit. The distance from the top face of the adapter plate to the wall should be about .250 . If it needs to be spaced further from the wall, you can print the light switch spacer and slip it onto the switch as shown in the example photo.

Lightly tighten the adapter plate screws. If you tighten them too much, the mounting tabs will bend outward making it harder or impossible to snap the box into place.

Slip your buttons into the rings.

Slip the complete assembly onto the adapter plate starting with the bottom tabs and snap into place. The box should be flush with the wall. If there is a gap, remove the adapter plate, and screw the switches closer to the wall. If the tabs cannot snap onto the adapter plate then the swtiches need to spaced further from the wall.

Play Time:
You can now Uppercut your lights on and Body Blow your lights off! You can also Zap your fan on and Hyperspace your fan off!

You can make it look even more like an arcade panel by decorating a piece of paper and glueing it onto the lid before the rings are tacked into place. You could even give names to the buttons.

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How much material would this item use in USD? Also, I am thinking of buying the following printers, please give me your recommendation regarding best choice. (1.lulzbot mini 2.craftbot 3. makerbot replicator)

I do not know how much material is used to make this. I know it doesn't use that much. I can recommend the Replicator since that's what I use.

ive found that if you make it 24 time as big as the original it will fit the socket

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Is there a quadruple version planned? :D

Curious if you used or tried any different types of filament?

This is an excellent design! It goes together perfectly and works great! One of the very best prints you will find. Kudos.

This is rad, and will be used in all my rooms soon! Thinking of remixing this to work for generic push buttons, to replace doorbell buttons mechanically (rather than electrically with an arcade-style microswitch).

I would love to print these but I have the skinny/pointy type of switches.... Perhaps I can make a converter and link it to this. My roomate is a mechanical egr student and has a cool mechanical lever-linkage type thing made out of laser cut wood on his lightswitch, this could be just the thing to 1up him! Excelsior!

This is such a cool idea. I think your light switches might be bigger than mine though, it may need adjusting for me.

I want to print this but when I open the files they come up extremely tiny. Do you know much they are supposed to be scaled to?

The parts were designed in inches. Your default setting is probably set to metric so they are showing up in mm. I don't know what system you are using, but MakerWare has a simple conversion from mm to inches.

I’m curious if anyone has made one yet. You may be pleasantly surprised how
well it works.

great idea and nice work!