Need to feel a little more arcadey in your home game room? The Power-Up Arcade Light Switch has you covered; it’s a simple swap-out with the existing cover plate on a single-switch light fixture, and definitely helps you get your game face on.
The switch comes with a pair of elongated screws (designed to replace the smaller screws already holding your standard-issue light switch cover plate in place, and to account for the greater “depth” needed to attach the much thicker Power-Up switch to that fixture), and the switch itself. It’s easy to install – even if it’s the first time you’ve ever replaced a light switch cover plate, there’s not much here that’s really challenging.
The real fun of the Power-Up switch, though, isn’t the ball-top joystock itself (which will be your new light switch), but the two buttons. Add batteries to a compartment on the back of the Power-Up switch, turn on a power switch on the side of the switch, and the buttons trigger recorded arcade game sounds (it sounds to me like they’re both from Galaga) and activate a backlight behind the mini-marquee reading Power-Up. That backlight remains on for a little while after either a button press or by turning the switch on or off, and then the backlight turns itself off. This gives little ones some light to navigate by – they can turn off their lights and get into bed.
If there’s a single downside to the product, it’s the placement of that battery door on the back of the unit – the whole thing has to be removed from the wall to replace the batteries that power the marquee light and the sounds.
It’s a simple enough product with easy installation, and it’s fun for the young (and young at heart). For some, this may be as close as they ever get to the arcades of the ’80s.