Rated 4 out of 5 by 1
Rated 4 out of 5 by KMan Very handy, but a minor change would make it better
We use this for our office's lobby tree, but it would be great at home, too. At our office, the nearest outlet in the lobby is behind a side table. The cord then goes behind a chair before running along the wall a few feet to the tree. The foot button is very handy. Our older receptionist is especially happy about it, as she always hated getting on her hands and knees every morning and evening to turn the tree lights on and off.
The only downside is the side of the cord that plugs into the wall (before the foot switch) is MUCH shorter than the other end, from the switch to the end of the extension cord. So the distance from the wall to the switch is only about 3-4' (and don't forget power outlets are about a foot off the ground so you only get 2-3' of distance from the outlet). For some installations, I'm sure this wouldn't matter, but for our installation, it doesn't make it past the chair that it needs to run behind, so we needed to get another extension cord just to get clear of the chair. If it was a little bit longer, or if the switch was a little more centered along the existing cord, it wouldn't be an issue. So while it's not a huge problem, it seems like an odd decision to force the switch to be so close to the outlet. You'd run into the same issue with an outlet behind a sofa, too. Hardly an insurmountable issue, but definitely more annoying than it needs to be.
Beyond that minor point, however, we love it. Probably not necessary if your lights are on a timer, but for anything that plugs into an extension cord and doesn't have it's own power switch, but still needs to be turned off regularly, it definitely beats having to bend down to unplug the cord, or even simply to flip the switch on a power strip.
December 23, 2014