I need to build a box with 12 momentary push button switches for 12 separate lighting sources. I plan to plug 12 fluorescent lights into the box, then I'd like to control the lights with the push buttons (so I can turn them on and off along with music). This will accompany a theatrical performance.
Here's what I'm thinking: Start with a 12-outlet surge protector power strip. Disassemble it and splice a push-button switch over each outlet's black wire. House the whole thing in a box with the switches on one side (so I can operate them easily).
I need help with the following:
- Finding the right switch: would a Momentary SPST NO Push Button Switch AC 6A/125V 3A/250V work for my needs?
- Finding the right housing: From what I'm reading online, a metal housing would be best to help ground the switches. But, I don't have a metalworking shop so I won't be able to custom-build a metal case. My original thought was to use a thick plastic box, which would be easier to drill and cut holes into. If I really should use a metal box, would a metal lunchbox work? What tools would I need to drill and cut into it?
Please let me know if there are any other considerations for my project, as this is my first project of this kind. Thanks!
If it helps, I'm using these lights: http://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-Slim-Line-23-in-Fluorescent-Light-Fixture-10169/202024437 -- I may need to string two of these lights together (they can connect to each other)