Today, while I was thinking about writing a blog for a random program with a bad interface and getting nowhere, I tried to look around my room for ideas. Then, it hit me. What about one of the most simple forms of bad UX, the light switch? So here I am, writing a blog on light switches.
Light switches are used every day and are a staple in every house. But I’m sure there are many people who still have a random light switch in their homes for which they do not know the use. That is exactly what makes lights give a bad user experience, they do not indicate the light they turn on. Many home designers try to place the light switches on the most obvious areas, like the entrance to a room or right before it, but in many cases there is more than just one switch there, which will inevitably create a mix-up. This is a minor inconvenience, but if you think about how many times a person enters a room all day, then all those minor inconveniences can turn into a stable annoyance.
To avoid the aforementioned problem to a certain extent, light switches placements should not consist of multiple light switches. That would still not completely solve this.
After doing some digging online, I found a few photos that perfectly describe what a perfect light switch would be like. The light switch shown in the photo is time-efficient and reduces the confusion of light mapping. It shows a floor plan of the entire floor, and allows free control over all the light switches in the floor. This would be in every room. In order to prevent other people closing the light of your room, there should also be an option in every light switch to “lock” the light in the room they are in. A feature to set the lights to different colors or brightness should be implemented. The whole design is easy to understand and I think it would be a great substitute to today’s century old light switch.