You walk into a dark room and the first thing you want to do is turn on the light so you can see. But, in order to see, you have to fumble around in the dark to find the light switch. What if your light switch lit up? Illuminated light switches use a tiny bit of electricity from the circuit they’re hooked up to power a small LED or neon bulb.
The best part about changing to illuminated light switches is that they install basically the same as any old light switch because they just siphon off electricity from the wires that are already there.
Another thing to consider is that there have been reports of fluorescent lights flickering partly on when connected to illuminated switches, which could mean the small amount of electricity used to illuminate the switches is lighting the fluorescent gas. Also, be aware that these switches work fine with some CFLs but not so great with others. You might want to stick with standard bulbs when using illuminated switches or check the manufacturer’s directions.
There are a variety of forms the illuminated light switches can come in, like pilot lighted switches, rocker switches, push button switches, light module bars and others.