The electrical wiring and cabling may be treated with great importance when setting up a house, but more often than not, the switches and sockets end up being an afterthought. If you’re someone who’s concerned about the aesthetics along with convenience, make sure you spend more than a moment to choose the right type of switchboards and sockets for your house.
Here are 5 tips you could consider before buying switches and sockets:
If you have designed your home with vintage interiors that have high ceilings and will showcase expensive paintings or artwork around the house, plan white plastic sockets and switches that will look completely out of place. On the other hand, in a contemporary setup, if the electrical fittings have an antique look, that would be odd too. Chrome, antique brass, antique bronze, black nickel, white or colored plastic – nowadays, there’s plenty of switchboards to choose from. Even when it comes to switches, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are regular rocker switches, classic toggle switches, dimmers, and touch switches. Make sure you go for the ones best suited to your needs.
- Quality of materials
While you may have picked one of the black nickel switches because it was love at first sight, you’ll probably find out the hard way that it was just some cheap metal painted black. When you’re out shopping for electrical fittings, quality is key. It’s not just about the look, you want to be certain you leave no scope for any fire outbreaks due to faulty fittings. You might also want to be certain that the materials used are UV-protected so that the switchboards and sockets don’t fade away or change color over time.
- Multi-pin connectivity
Nearly everyone has friends or family living abroad, who may visit during the holidays. Mobile phones, tablets, laptops, gaming devices, and whatnot – people travel with a lot of gadgets, most of which require charging. That’s why it would be ideal to plan for those situations and build multi-pin sockets right when you set up your house. Nowadays, modular switches can easily support multi-pin requirements.
- Safety of children
When it comes to electrical hazards, you can never be too safe. More so, if you have toddlers or youngsters in the house. You could go for sockets that have retracting shutters so that kids don’t accidentally stick their fingers in them. Some modular switches can also provide support for certain devices that ensure the current is automatically disconnected when an accident is detected.
- Ease of Repairs
Traditional sockets involved unscrewing the faceplate each time a switch was found faulty, fixing it, and re-screwing it back on the wall, leaving the paint or wallpaper around the sockets a tad bit damaged each time. Modern modular switches let you change only the faulty switch from the front, through independent clamp engines, without having to remove the whole plate. Not only does this save the wall, but it also reduces the time and money spent on repairs.
Follow these tips, and you’re sure to make a great choice while buying sockets and switches for your house.
Author’s Bio: Kalpesh is a travel consultant who has a penchant for interior decoration. He tends to notice electrical fittings in particular and has often liked the antique brass kind.