40 responses to The Amish light switch
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    Rhonda
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 07:19)

    This is very cool! I was aware that some Amish have electricity in rented homes (that they don’t use), however, I was not aware of this invention. Thanks for showing us!

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    Robert Gschwind
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 07:38)

    Very, Very, Neat.

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    Richard
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 08:18)

    I enjoy seeing things like this, is that natural gas or propane?.Richard

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    Marilyn in New York
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 08:37)

    That is very interesting. It looks just like our electric lights.
    Marilyn

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 08:53)

    Greetings!

    Pretty cool!! I saw something similar to this in Arthur in a shop, only they used them to light and heat the entire store. They did not have the glass glob on them though and the mesh mantles were exposed. It concerned me with the safety if a taller person were to walk through there. I could feel these things close to my head and I am not very tall.

    Do these have some sort of gas, oil or keroscene piped into them?

    Erik, its good to see your smiling face in a picture or two. 😉

    Blessings, Alice

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    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 09:22)

    Yes, we had some fun with this one. In reality I don’t know how many homes you’ll find this kind of “switch” in.

    I was kind of joking around at the end, but I should add too that Amish have created quite a few other useful inventions to achieve certain tasks within the limits of the Ordnung.

    In any case I thought this simple solution was a pretty clever way to not lose your lighter!

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    Comment on Amish propane lights designed for safety (February 22nd, 2011 at 09:30)

    Amish propane lights designed for safety

    Richard that is propane. These particular lights are apparently pretty good for safety; they’re designed so you don’t have a whole lot of the propane coming at one time, and the tank is outside of course.

    Alice that is a good observation, thanks for reminding me. You do see the open exposed ones as well. They burn pretty hot, so have to be careful around those!

    The other challenge with these is that they of course generate heat. Pretty nice in the winter, but pretty toasty in the summer.

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    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 09:33)

    Pretty cool, never seen one with a “bic switch” like that….Amish ingenuity never ceases to amaze!:)

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 09:38)

    Erik,,,, we have posts disappearing here. Two I got emails for that showed they were posted and my own that I posted earlier is not here. Weird!!

    Alice

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 09:41)

    Wow, now they are here,,, I think I have a ghost or something, LOL.

    Propane was the word I was trying to think of earlier, LOL. OK, I am having a dingy day, don’t mind me.

    Going to my corner now and try to figure out how a post could not be there one minute and there the next without changing or refreshing the page. Scratching head and totally confused.

    Alice

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    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 09:45)

    Alice, no worries…You scared me for a second, thought I was going to be on the phone again to India all day!

    I forgot to tell you I actually have a special feature that “flicks” comments on and off, just to make it interesting…just kidding of course. I don’t know how popular that one would be 😉

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 09:58)

    LOL, Erik, I am not sure what happened. I really don’t think I am losing my mind but I guess maybe I could be. LOL. Everything looks fine now so who knows? 😉

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    Richard
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 09:59)

    I thought it was propane, thanks Eric. recieved alittle snow here in the Lancaster area, id better get to work. Ill drop by later. Richard.Pennsylvania.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 10:12)

    They said it was going to snow here too but it didn’t, LOL. Did you shovel before heading to work Richard? LOL

    Alice

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    Bob Rosier
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 10:42)

    It just goes to show, if resources are limited, or if there are constraints placed on you, this can becomes an opportunity to become creative. If we start thinking that everything we need has already been invented, we stop thinking and become followers.

    We didn’t need to be abstract thinkers to survive; this was something extra and unique given only to the human race and we should be making more use of this gift.

    I didn’t intend to sound so profound !

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    Gordon Bjorkman
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 11:36)

    Quite interesting, and educational, I must say!
    Yes, the Amish are quite intelligent.

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    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 11:50)

    Bob, bring on the profundities–yours is a great point.

    It is easy to get in a box in terms of habits of thinking. Amish often get pegged as being “boxed in”, and though they do operate within constraints, they do use their noggins to innovate in many ways.

    The thing is, we all operate under some form of constraints.

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    Rita
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 12:37)

    Hi Erik, I’ve been enjoying your website here. I live a few doors away from an Amish family in southern York County, but don’t really know them. This is off the light switch subject, but hope you can pass along an answer. At work this week, a group of us were discussing “Amish Bread” and how much we’ve enjoyed it when we had it, but none of us kept up with keeping the starter alive – no one to pass it on to, too expensive to keep feeding it, too overwhelming, etc. I occasionally get to the Lancaster Central Market and we were all wondering if any of the Amish stands sell starter. Thanks for the great job you do on here!

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    Comment on Lancaster Central and other Amish markets (February 22nd, 2011 at 12:43)

    Lancaster Central and other Amish markets

    Rita, I really appreciate it and glad you stop by the site. On the Amish bread starter, it’s kind of ironic but though I’ve been to probably a dozen Amish markets, the Lancaster Central Market I’ve never visited.

    I was at Reading Terminal Market in Philly with Amish friends last week, and this market came up, but they didn’t seem to know much about it. It would seem to me that it would be competing with the actual Amish businesses and stands in the county, whereas most markets are far enough off-site that they don’t have to deal with that. But, from what I know, there are Amish vendors there as well, so you might give it a shot.

    You might also check out Shrewsbury market off I-83, just a few miles from the MD border in York Co, sounds like it is not far from you. This is one of my favorite markets–a newer one, but very cheery; I’ve got some friends there, and there are quite a few Amish stands.

    They also do some creative events, like a classic car show. Not the first thing you think of when you think Amish, I know, but it gets people in the door and is quite a fun event.

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    Marcus Yoder
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 13:31)

    Have you seen where they put A small propane tank like you would use on the grill in A cabinet with caster’s, and plumb in A light sticking up out of the cabinet. They can wheel it around where they need it. When I stay at my Amish cousin’s house I try to remember my light out of my battery operated tool’s.
    Marcus Yoder London,Ohio

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    Yonie Wondernose
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 14:49)

    Bob Rosier you are right on with your comment.

    Well I gotta go. My laptop needs a full propane tank as my power is getting low.

    -sent to you from our wephone-

    We are not allowed to have iphones

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    Richard
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 16:41)

    Just getting back home. Yes Alice we did get alittle snow here, and i did shovel alittle. ive e-mailed you, Erik and Marilyn some pictures that i took today while on the road this morning, and of the driveway.It was only just a few inches so not bad, i roll with the punches now with winter, and i look at it in a much different way. Since my ford is rear wheel drive, i dont really drive it with any snow on the ground, so im lucky to have a 2nd car that i use for work and running around in snow. That one is front wheel drive.Lots of news happening in the world right now,with news alerts seeming to pop up every 30 mins or so. Sometimes its good to power-down and chat about the simple things, like whats on this topic in Amish America. Richard

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 17:09)

    Richard, I have not gotten an email with pictures yet. Are you fibbing? LOL

    Blessings, Alice

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    Kate
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 17:50)

    That made me laugh a little as I just assumed all the Amish houses you went to previously had these. Do some churches not allow them? All the Amish made homes here will have those in each room (except bedrooms) and basements too for lighting. I think it’s a great idea and I’m sure I’ll be glad that we have those when I move rather than lighting a small one everytime (though I guess in my room I’ll have one). Thanks for sharing :-) Oh and 1 different is ours aren’t as “fancy” (for lack of a better word haha) because we don’t have the glass ball that goes over it. Great post!
    kate

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    Richard
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 18:57)

    Pictures have been sent, and as ford motor company likes to say “job#1”. night everyone, have a good evening. Richard

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    Slightly-handled-Order-man
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 22nd, 2011 at 22:04)

    Shedding light on the situation, Amish style!

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    Comment on Wall mounted propane lights in Amish homes (February 23rd, 2011 at 09:45)

    Wall mounted propane lights in Amish homes

    Hi Kate, the light “switch” bit of this was actually kind of a joke, though that is really the setup my Amish friend has in his house–keeps the lighter from getting lost. I don’t recall seeing that little solution too often but I imagine other Amish do it too.

    As for the wall-mounted propane lights themselves, these wouldn’t be allowed in all Amish homes. You might see the rolling cabinet design that Marcus describes above, or in some more conservative communities, the propane light is not allowed at all.

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    Vicki
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 23rd, 2011 at 11:23)

    Rita,
    One can find a recipe for the Amish bread starter on the internet. Just google “amish bread starter.” Here is a link to one. It looks fairly easy! And it is giving me a craving for amish friendship bread!

    http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/amish-friendship-bread-starter/Detail.aspx

    Vicki

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    Kevin
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 23rd, 2011 at 11:46)

    I thought this was hilarious! Thanks for “enlightening” us.

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    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 23rd, 2011 at 12:25)

    Kevin, glad to shed whatever light I could on the subject. Sometimes my posts cover serious subjects, in others I try to have a lighter touch. Sometimes my jokes aren’t the brightest, but at least we have fun here in the comments section.

    Alright, enough of that. I’ll stop now :)

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    Rich K
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 23rd, 2011 at 12:31)

    With all the gas lights and appliances do the Amish use carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms? Also where can someone buy one of those lamps?

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    Comment on Do Amish use smoke alarms? (February 23rd, 2011 at 12:42)

    Do Amish use smoke alarms?

    Rich, smoke alarms, definitely. I used to talk to Amish who’d have smoke alarm salesmen come through their communities. Apparently they were pretty high priced. But most Amish are going to have them in their homes. There is what I would describe as a wind-up kind, and then the standard battery-operated versions. I don’t know offhand how common carbon monoxide detectors are. Home fires are obviously a concern though.

    You can buy these either at a lighting shop in an Amish community, or can order them direct. I don’t have any order info readily available but maybe someone on here does.

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    Rich K
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 23rd, 2011 at 13:00)

    Thank you for the information!Glad you had a nice trip.

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    Christina
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 23rd, 2011 at 13:35)

    We have those type of propane lamps in our cabin in the beautiful northwoods of Wisconsin. All joking aside…that’s a REALLY good idea! No more rummaging around for a match or lighter. Of course, in our cabin, there’s 3 single lamps and a double one in the main room, but still–a lighter attached to every lamp.

    Rich K—www.gas-lights.com
    Brand names on these are: Paulin Humphery (I think this is the oldest, most well known company) and Falks. The design looks a little more modern now, but the light still works the same.

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    Slightly-handled-Order-man
    Comment on The Amish light switch (February 23rd, 2011 at 21:28)

    No, Erik, don’t stop with the Amish funnies, you’ve sparked a light in the group, please don’t stomp out the fuse. Eh, what? 😉

    You might have covered it elsewhere, but do the Amish keep candles for use?

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    David
    Comment on Light switch (December 2nd, 2011 at 20:28)

    Light switch

    Erik, that is goofy. That can also double as a Polish light switch! LOL!

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      Comment on The Amish light switch (December 3rd, 2011 at 12:10)

      Here in Poland I just bought a fresh pack of disposable light switches today, aka matches, to get my gas stove going and warm up my eats. Gotta have em.

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    Carolyn B
    Comment on The Amish light switch (August 15th, 2012 at 15:10)

    Just came across this post, Erik.

    You, sir, are definitely hilarious. Keep up the good work.

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      Comment on The Amish light switch (August 15th, 2012 at 20:33)

      Thanks Carolyn, I’ve got to give a lot of credit though to my friend, the owner of this magical device :)

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    Abby
    Comment on Wow! (December 6th, 2012 at 14:43)

    Wow!

    Yes! Those things are what I was looking for. A lot of questions answered by your images and website. Thank you!!

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