Open switch - Kitchen Ideas

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(Greg) #1

I have a switch by my kitchen sink that once controlled an outlet below the sink which had a garbage disposal attached to it.

The disposal is now gone so I have a free switch (without a load) and/or a free outlet (controlled by a switch!). Wondering if anyone had any ideas on what I could do to make this situation “smart”.

Outside of lights, what could be useful in the kitchen?


#2

Much depends on the make up of your household, the arrangement of your house, and just your own personal preferences.

I think it’s quite common for people to be in the middle of something in the kitchen, either cooking or cleaning, and then want to know something that’s going on elsewhere in the house. So if you have a video doorbell or a baby monitor then putting a tablet to let you see those cameras could be very useful. The same tablet could also be used for recipes if you’re into that.

Most people don’t use it, but echo has a feature which lets it display The results of questions on a Fire tablet. So if you have an echo, that’s another option, and I think that could be combined with the video doorbell, but i’m not sure about the fire’s capabilities.

In all of these cases you’d be removing the old switch and just using the line to power the tablet.


( I hate Mondays) #3

Or you can always fill the hole up with a guide light :wink:
I have an ipad in the kitchen which I put in a swivel wall mount and ran the power cable up between the cabinets so I am not using any power plugs in the backsplash.


(Eric) #4

Under (upper) cabinet lights

OR

Under (upper) cabinet lights + under (lower) cabinet lights


(Greg) #5

Thanks gang. I have an iPad mounted to the fridge which acts as my control center/sonos controller. Wifey is against any additional lighting in the kitchen.

Perhaps I could permanently mount the iPad in that free spot.


( I hate Mondays) #6