How to switch on a switch physically without a relay?

I want to do some home automation without having to do any thing with ac wires or relays because I'm not allowed to do that.

Instead I want to use a mechanical method like using a servo to turn and off the switch. So far servo method is the only one I've been able to think of. I wonder if there is a better method that anyone has implemented.

Thanks.

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There are several plug-in RF remote switch and recepticle systems you can buy. No wiring is required. I used Heath Zenith RF system and hacked one switch to have the Arduino control the the dip switch, and off buttons. I can control all the lights with this one radio switch. The UNO has a wifi shield. I control everything with an app on my ipod.

The app is called Arduino Manager. You can add timers using the app. I also have a photo sensor that turns on my living room light when it gets dark. The app can adjust the photo sensor trigger point and display the light level. The system has been up and running for several months now without problems.

If anyone is interested, I can post up all the info on this.

Dave

Thanks for the replies but those things are really hard to get where I live and not to mention expensive. I want to know if there are other mechanical ways like the servo method. Anyways , I think I'm gonna have to do with a servo.

Ufoguy:
Instead I want to use a mechanical method like using a servo to turn and off the switch.

Like this?

You might be able to use a solenoid or two to accomplish this. You want to make sure that it is arranged so that you don’t need to keep one on all the time, as that would get hot and draw a lot of power, so you probably would need two per switch to make a by-stable system.

Its probably harder and more expensive than hobby servos, but its another option

jroorda:
You might be able to use a solenoid or two to accomplish this. You want to make sure that it is arranged so that you don't need to keep one on all the time, as that would get hot and draw a lot of power, so you probably would need two per switch to make a by-stable system.

Its probably harder and more expensive than hobby servos, but its another option

You're right. I guess servos are my best bet.

What about a push type switch(not momentary) with a solenoid mounted above it? (can't remember the name). It would be where you push the switch/button for ON and push it again to turn it OFF..? maybe?