The light switches are a part of every household and it would be best to choose the best switch depending on the style, ease of use, function and the proper safety standards are being followed. There is no one size fits all concept in switches so study which is suitable to the building.
Types of Light Switches
The following are the types of switches:
- Toggle – it is a type of switch that is commonly seen in households, it has a lever that is moved up and down to turn the light on and off.
- Push-button – a simple air or electric switch mechanism that turns the light on or off. The button is usually made of plastic or metal.
- Rotary – operates by rotation and often has a clicking sound if it moves from one active position to another.
- Rocker – it is spring-loaded that is connected to the switch that bears a resemblance to the toggle in terms of light operation. It is a flat surface and does not have a lever.
- Automatic – this switch has a motion detector and is usually seen used in basements and cellars
- Touch – to operate this switch, one must simply touch the surface, like a touch screen
- Key lock – a specific key is entered into the switch lock to operate the light
- Key card – it is usually seen in hotels, key card operate as a switch to the lights the moment the card is inserted into the slot available. It is a saving energy mechanism that prevents the lights being turned on when the room is unoccupied.
- Pull – using a string or a chain, this switch usually operates a ceiling light
- Remote controlled – as the name implies, the lights can be turned on or off using a remote.
Where to Place a Light Switch
The location of light switches when installing varies from each country because of regulation differences. There are countries that require a light switch to be placed with a height from the level of the floor. There is also times when there exists a minimum requirement on the number of switches to be put in terms of circulation spaces like corridors and staircases.
For wet spaces like the bathroom, follow the local regulations like the minimum distance from basins, toilets, and showers from the switch. And for outdoor installations, it is advisable to go for waterproof power outlets and switches.