Braille* for the Sighted


These photos were taken on September 9, 2019 at 6:20 PM.

The location was in my kitchen in Beltsville, Maryland.

The "Take It!” moment came when I realized this was too simple not to share.

In my new to me, home, I sometimes wander into the kitchen at night and having gotten used to turning on some lower wattage light in my former home, over the stove, was pleased to find the same arrangement was available here. The only difference was that the previous set up had control buttons that were raised and I could identify them in the near dark. Having gotten used to this bump arrangement, I was at a loss with the newly found controls which were without back lighting on a flat panel arrangement.  

I am one who meanders in a hardware store and looks at all sorts of random things for one never knows when something might just pop up that may have an alternative use than the one for which it was originally intended.  

On my most recent such excursion I encountered a package of "Clear Dome Bumpers" which caught my eye as I thought they might offer an answer to my often unsuccessful finger searching on the above mentioned flat control screen of the microwave over the stove for the spot which controls the light in it that shines down on the burners of the stove and offers some low light in the kitchen. I thought if I had just this one little bump - my find it frustrations would be over.  With no trepidation I placed one of the purchased clear bumpers on the flat screen over the designated button - and the problem was solved.

One of the added conveniences is due to the clarity of the attachment matched with its dome shape - there is actually a magnifying of the symbol for the light which is unobscured by this attachment.

Yet another tiny "irk" removed from an ever inquisitive life.

Here is hoping you too can use something like this to remove a question in/from the dark.

All my best,


*In actuality this is Braille for everyone

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Jim (Monday, 23 September 2019 19:28)

    I have a very similar thing going in my toolbox.

  • #2

    Sally (Monday, 23 September 2019 19:29)

    Oh that's a great idea. I could have used something like this all these years getting up in the middle of the night to warm a bottle.

  • #3

    SF1967 (Sunday, 29 September 2019 23:05)

    My solution to the midnight microwave trip is to open the microwave door so the light turns on and then punch in the time while I can see the buttons, close the door and press start.

  • #4

    Gabe (Sunday, 29 September 2019 23:06)

    I remember the microwave in my college commons room had real brale on the buttons.

  • #5

    MHampy (Sunday, 29 September 2019 23:06)

    I swear you come up with the best ideas!

  • #6

    Teri (Sunday, 29 September 2019 23:11)

    Glad to see your note that this picture was back. We looked at this one during our lunch gathering and when I got home that day I went to post a comment and it was gone.

    My original comment was going to be how clever of an idea I thought this was, however I’m sure a lot of people have shared that sentiment.