Different Types of Light Switches

Proper illumination is only achieved when the entire lighting system is working together as a whole. From the fixture to the bulbs, lighting is a response to several components working together to create the desired results. One of the more easily noticeable aspects of a lighting system is the lighting switch. While everyone knows there are different types of light switches, most people aren’t quite as familiar with what these differences mean. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of light switches available in today’s lighting market.

Single or Double Pole Toggle Switch

This type of switch is a common one seen in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. The switch sticks out for an easy flip to the on or off option. Operating on a simple circuitry with two-way operation, with the circuit being controlled based on which way the lever rests on the current controls, these are easy to install and use daily.

Single or Double Pole Decorative Switch

This switch type operates in the same manner as the pole toggle switch with two basic positions to determine the electrical current received. The difference is in the style of the switch with this option having a flat surface with slight curves on each end. These are most often seen in residential areas thanks to their attractive appearance and ease of use.

Rocker Switch

This type of switch comes in both medium-duty and heavy-duty designs. A flat style switch usually encased in durable materials such as rubber, this switch is seen more often in industrial settings thanks to the durability and practicality of the solution. They offer a fully enclosed switch for protection against damages making them ideal for locations with rugged working conditions.

Pole Receptacle Combo Switch

Typically, a switch in a decorative pole style instead of a toggle style switch, this switch also has an electrical outlet receptacle for added function. This is a great way to maximize space and electrical capabilities without having to rewire more solutions. They are usually seen in residential kitchens and bathrooms.

Dimmable Switch

This type of switch is usually a rounded knob or a lever you can raise up and down. The knob or lever placement controls the current being transferred from the energy source to the bulb to determine the desired lighting level. With this type of switch, it is important to make sure you use dimmable capable lamps for the best results.

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