Batman inspired hidden light switch


[Chris] over at the New Hobbyist sent in his latest creation, a wireless light switch hidden within a statue bust. While shopping around for another project, he came across a wireless relay that can can be used to switch a standard 120v AC load. He bought the part without a project in mind, but inspiration quickly struck. Some of you young’uns might not remember the original Batman television series, but [Chris] certainly does. To access the Bat Cave, Bruce Wayne had to flip a secret switch located inside a bust of William Shakespeare that adorned his desk. While he doesn’t have a secret door to activate, [Chris] couldn’t think of any better way to switch on the lights in his man cave. He found a similar-looking bust of Beethoven and got to chopping his head off.

He fabricated a small mount for a push button, hiding the battery powered remote underneath, and an old 12v wall wart was repurposed to drive the wireless receiver. While not overly complicated, this is definitely a fun project and could make for a neat light switch in a kid’s room. Interested in some more Batman inspired hacks? Be sure to check out this Bat Cave-style entrance switch from a few years back.

Keep reading to see a video of his hidden light switch in action.


  1. fotoflojoe says:

    Stately Wayne Manor is looking a little run down these days.

  2. @fotoflojoe, the economy is hitting everyone hard these days.

  3. Hacksaw says:

    Great Scott! Beethoven has been decapitated!

  4. Itwork4me says:

    I saw this like over a year ago!

  5. @Itwork4me

    Hah! Well I think it must have been a similar bust since I finished this Saturday night. Though it does seem like someone has tried just about every DIY project online somewhere…

  6. strider_mt2k says:

    My wife and I just turned our spare bedroom into a library of sorts, and in that vein I really wanted to rig a secret switch like this to open the closet door or something.

    Well done!

  7. emilio says:

    holy retro hacks, Batman!

    this also reminds me of the “Kennedy Bedroom” from Mars Attacks!

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