Light switches design

In building wiring, a light switches are switches used to operate electric lights, permanently connected equipment, or electrical outlets. Portable lamps such as table lamps will have a light switch mounted on the socket, base, or in-line with the cord. Manually operated light switches may be substituted by remote control switches and, or light dimmers which allow the control of the brightness of lamps as well as turning them on and off.

Residential and commercial buildings usually have wall-mounted light switches to control the lighting in the room. The height and design of the mounted switches may vary from country to country.  Light switches are often recessed within a finished wall. The light switch box is mostly of plastic, ceramic or metal nature to prevent accidental contact with live terminals of the switch. Wall plates can be found in any style and color to blend in with the style of the room where the switch is.

home light switches

Light switches can be found in many designs: single or multiple, designed for indoor or outdoor use. The contemporary light switches used in our homes are the dimmer-controls. They are round and can be turned left or right to either decrease or increase the level of brightness in our rooms. An alternative design to the dimmer is commonly the rocker switch, also known as the “decorator” in the United States. The design sits flush to the wall, and it is activated by rocking a flat lever rather than pushing a small protruding handle up and down.

You can also have a wireless light switch which provides control of lighting using a hand-held transmitter.  Also, two or more light switches can be interconnected to allow control of lighting form, for example, two ends of a long hallway or landings at the upper and lower landings of a flight of stairs.