Turning light switches on and off is a necessary, but dull, part of our lives. It doesn't have to be like that. With a $29.99 Power-Up Arcade Light Switch Plate from ThinkGeek installed, turning on the living room light will become a retro-gaming adventure.
A bright red joystick turns the light on and off. The switch plate makes classic "pew pew pew" noises when you press the buttons. This will allow you to pretend to play Space Invaders in the dark of your bedroom at 3 in the morning.
You won't have to do too much tinkering to get your new switch installed. Just remove the plate around the existing switch and attach the arcade switch with two screws. This will work only with standard light switches, if you have fiddly knobs or dimmers, you're out of luck. AA batteries take care of the sound effects.
Getting the most out of your switch plate will require a degree of imagination. Once you get into the mode of make-believe Pac-Man and Tron games, you may never want to leave your wall again.
The best part of this light switch is not having to find a change machine and not blowing all your laundry money on endless rounds of Asteroids.