Pull switches can present a strangulation issue for children, which is why the safety restrictions generally require that they be relatively short. This is a very real issue and is the same one that applies to cord for window coverings. The alternative is a stiffer material which cannot form a loop, which is often used, but whileit may work well in a bathroom, it’s almost always in the way in other rooms, particularly for a ceiling fitting.
People in wheelchairs don’t necessarily just have the loss of their legs. Many of us, myself included, are quadriparetic and do not have much use of our hands. Pull cords may be impossible to use regardless of the length of the cord: really anything that requires a grip.
Just as another example, I require that each room in my home have at least one switch which is dog friendly.
not my dog, but mine knows the same behavior
Switches which just require a push can be pushed with an elbow, the arm of a wheelchair, or even backed into.
Here are some of the UK regulations:
Safety codes sometimes go too far, no question, but in most cases they are there for a reason. It’s a reason that may not matter much to most people but may matter a very great deal to some.
I have myself written a project report to This forum about How, before we had added home automation, some of our lights would stay on all night because I needed a pathway of lights through several rooms when I was going to bed at night. Although my assistance dog could turn light switches on and off, I couldn’t send him back two or three rooms before to turn the light off there. And a nightlight wasn’t always sufficient for me to determine if the path was really clear as we were going through.
So for me, one of the very first use cases for Home Automation was to be able to, with one switch or with voice, to turn on a pathway of lights through several rooms and then turn them off again once I was in bed.
But while my own preference is for voice control most of the time, we do have switches on the walls right where people would expect them to be, because we also have a lot of people coming through the house. We are three housemates, each with our own friends and family who visit, and I also have health aides who come from an agency and do not always have smartphones and may not ever have been here before.
Switches work well for everybody, it’s just a matter of choosing the right device to protect the smart bulbs. But there are more and more of these devices coming on the market every year.