Foot-controlled dimmer
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Foot-controlled dimmer

If you aren't going all in on automated lights, there are still ways to easily control your existing lamps. With a foot dimmer (which you could also adjust with your hands), you don't have to fumble around for the switch to turn it on, you can even put the lamp in a hard-to-reach spot, and you have a lot more room to make adjustments (even if it was originally a 3-way fixture).

I also use this for strings of Christmas tree lights.