Light Switch Covers
Light switch covers are typically small, flat plates that are designed to be installed over light switches to provide protection and a finished look. They are usually made of plastic, metal, or other durable materials and are available in a wide range of colours and designs to complement different interior styles. Light switch covers are important as they protect the electrical wiring and the light switch from damage, while also preventing accidental contact with live wires. Additionally, they help to improve the appearance of the switch, providing a clean and finished look to the surrounding wall. Some switch covers may also be designed to offer additional functionality, such as dimming controls or remote operation of lights.
What Types of Light Switch Covers are there?
- Single Switch Cover: This is the most common type of switch cover, which is designed to fit over a single switch.
- Double Switch Cover: This type of cover is designed to fit over two adjacent switches.
- Triple Switch Cover: This type of cover is designed to fit over three adjacent switches.
- Toggle Switch Cover: This type of cover is designed for use with a toggle-style switch, which has a lever that is flipped up or down to turn the light on or off.
- Dimmer Switch Cover: This type of cover is designed for use with a dimmer switch, which allows you to adjust the brightness of the light.
What is a Blanking Plate?
A blanking plate, also known as a blank cover or a blank insert, is a cover plate that is used to conceal an unused switch or electrical outlet on a wall. Blanking plates are typically made of the same materials as light switch covers, such as plastic or metal, and are available in different sizes and shapes to fit different types of electrical boxes. They are designed to be installed over an electrical box that has no electrical device installed, such as a switch or outlet, to provide a flush finish and to prevent dust and debris from getting inside the box. Blanking plates are commonly used in situations where a switch or outlet has been removed or relocated, or in situations where a wall has been repurposed and the switch or outlet is no longer needed. They are also useful in situations where a homeowner wants to install a switch or outlet at a later time, as the blanking plate can be easily removed to install the new device.