spOre Hacking.

I’m a firm believer in the statement “It’s all in the details”. One of the things that has driven me nuts ever since becoming a home owner (first in Union Hill, and now in the Studio 804 house) are the light switches. I know this is a small thing, but it is one you come in contact with every day, and one that usually sucks when it comes to a design perspective. The fact is, 90 percent of the light switches available to the average Joe suck, and the selection at your local hardware or lighting store is pretty weak unless you want “Traditional”. Companies like Lutron, makes some decent modern ones, but for the most part, they are few and far between.

Tonight when I was coming back in from walking the dogs for the last time, I stopped and looked at the spOre doorbell next to my front door and it made me think. I started looking at the switch, and thought I wonder if I could hack one of these to be a light switch? The function is pretty much the same. Push it in to complete the circuit, let it out to disconnect. So the trick would be converting it to close the circuit in the “On” position until pressed again.

Now at $89.00 per doorbell switch this is something that is going to take some thought and investigation. spOre does do custom work, and could probably create the switches for me on special order, but I kind of want to hack this thing and see if I can make it work. I mean these things would be killer light switches, in their brushed aluminum and glowing plasticness.

So my summer science project is going to be “Hack the spOre”. I am ordering a square doorbell in white tonight and hopefully in a week or two I’ll be well on my way to either getting this to work, electrocuting myself, or burning down the house. Maybe all three. Now where did I put the soldering iron and electrical tape?