Light switches brace themselves for Swarovski

Now you can add light switches to the list of useless abominations sprinkled with Swarovski crystals.

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It seems like everything under the sun is getting the Swarovski crystal treatment. Back in February, we introduced you to the top five Swarovski disasters , which included phones, radios, and even a whole piano covered in the stuff. Now you can add light switches to the list of useless abominations sprinkled with Swarovskis.

This time around, Berker Switches and Systems has teamed with Swarovski to present the "Crystal Collection." Why would you settle for a boring old plastic switch when you can get a large, multi-faceted Swarovski-cut crystal instead?

OK, the technology behind the light switch is actually kind of cool. There's a sensor behind each crystal that senses infrared light disruption (i.e. from a hand), similar to rain sensors in automobiles. They call this type of optical recognition "HALIOS," or High Ambient Light Independent Optical System.

The crystals themselves are embedded in matte-finished stainless steel, shining chrome, or gold, and are available in four colors: crystal, black diamond, topaz, and siam. No word on the Berker site about price; I assume that depends on the crystal combination you choose for your switch. What ever happened to just being born with a silver spoon in your mouth?

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Justin Yu covers headphones and peripherals for CNET. When he's not wading through Web gulch or challenging colleagues to typing tests, you can find him making fun of technology with Jeff Bakalar every afternoon on The 404 show.

 

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