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So, to be fair, this is in a closet and fastened to a high shelf just below the equipment. It' really never in danger of accidental actuation, but it's a good thing to consider. Otherwise, these are good for accidental protection and if I wanted to make real project out of it I could probably hook up a microcontroller to turn on a warning light locally plus somewhere else in the house which was obvious. But, lucklily, my home crew is the reliable sort.
These are how you normally do it -- to keep the switch from being used, but keeping it a functional switch:
Easy to 3D print, I suppose, but also dirt cheap to buy.
I like these ones from Amazon, they work but they don't completely lock out the plate. When I go out of town for a while I like to turn the switch off and turn off a lot of stuff. With these covers you can still do that but it prevents you from absent mindedly hitting the switch. I prefer this over the ones that completely lock you out. [link]
They are a thing that you can buy. This particular design isn't, but they have a similar one that blocks the switch and you have to flip it on from the side. I'd be curious to see how long this one lasts before breaking.
Just get one of these
It's nice to be able to change a light bulb without having a live socket. A functioning switch is better than a breaker for doing that.
As to what you are trying, what you said you did should have worked. My gut says you pulled something loose in the box. Are there any other wire nuts with pigtails in the box? Getting a voltage tester would help you see what wires are actually hot.
Also, for your front light, do you mean exterior? I personally went with a smart bulb for my exterior. A tp link because at the time I didn't have a hub. But it's set to turn on and off and sundown and sun up. We just put a cover over the switch like the linked one. A white tp bulb and cover would be less than that switch cover and look better.
I just put these covers on the existing switches. Keeps anyone from absentmindedly turning them off, but they're still available for guests or if there's an issue with the smart bulbs.
Not to state the obvious but this pretty much the main selling point of smart switches instead of smart bulbs.
If you’re renting or otherwise can’t modify the wiring for some reason, some physical “childproof” cover should work - [link]
I just installed one of these in my front porch light fixture yesterday! Powers a v2 no problem at all. Note that this device is fairly wide so may not fit in every light fixture. It’s pretty tight in mine, to the point that I’m going to install a right angle USB adapter. Also, it obviously adds some to the height of the bulb so it may not work well in shorter fixtures.
Had to get a little creative routing the USB cable but overall I’m pleased with the setup. I leave the wall switch on 24x7x375 and use a dusk to dawn bulb. If you’re worried about accidentally turning off the switch, you can install little covers like these - [link]
I'm guessing you didnt look at the link closely
>No wires - battery powered No wires - battery powered The Philips Hue dimmer switch is battery-powered, so there is no installation required
Basically Put it next to your currently wired wall switches. If you still have problems with guest hitting the wired switch get something like this : [link]
Hue Dimmer switches and light switch guards is THE best way to go, IMO.
You can even program the switch to do “last setting” on the first click and it will preserve brightness and color.
One suggestion if that switch is for the same light it would be nice to have a cover over the switch so it doesn't get accidentally switched off, like this.
I've done this same thing and love it.
A couple of small issues:
1) There is a slight delay before the light comes on. In truth, the light probably comes on quicker than it would if I reached for the light switch. But since I'm opening the door expecting the light to be on, the delay is noticeable.
2) I found myself reflexively turning the light off when leaving the closet. I bought some of these switch covers and that has solved that problem.
Even with those issues, I just love this feature.
Not OP but you can get them on Amazon: [link]
That would work, but I was thinking something a little easier to install: https://www.amazon.com/Switch-protects-lights-circuits-accidentally/dp/B06XP9M2FT/ref=sr_1_9?s=lamps-light&ie=UTF8&qid=1536608373&sr=1-9&keywords=switch+cover.
I would recommend that you keep the switch, maybe get a cover for it so people don't accidentally turn it off.
What exactly is the problem?
Why would you nee to take a bulb out if the outlet is connected to a switch? Just turn off the switch.
Is there something that you need to stay on when you turn the light off? Couldn’t you plug thr <something> into another outlet with an extension cord?
If that’s not possible you could block the switch with a cover to prevent you from accidentally turning it off. Then, control the lighting with some kind of smart switch or remotely controlled switch.
Many other possibilities without rewiring the outlets/switch.
This is what I used: [link]