One of the unexpected things about Indian hotels was that many of them were loaded with lightswitches. In many rooms, only a few had any function – most were just a confusing, useless presence.

The funniest example of this was in my small hut (shown above) at the Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Resort in Kovalam, Kerala. It had seventeen switches – see video on the right.

It’s a good example of poor design. More isn’t always better. Separating out each bulb or outlet with its own switch in a small room is pretty annoying in the end.


Posted by Jeff Reifman

Jeff is a technology consultant based in the Pacific Northwest.

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