Switch it up: stylish light switches to upgrade your home

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Photo credit: Magnus Torsne  / Buster and Punch
Photo credit: Magnus Torsne / Buster and Punch

From industrial-style toggles to custom colours, there are now a host of alternatives to the standard white box switch. Check out our edit of the best brands for stylish switches, or scroll down to read our expert guide to choosing switch plates for your home…

6 OF THE BEST LIGHT SWITCH BRANDS

Whether you want colour, simplicity or something a little more traditional…

Dowsing & Reynolds

Founder James Dowsing-Reynolds creates design-led but affordable switches,
dimmers and sockets in black, white, gold and silver, as well as tarnished copper. Single copper socket, £17.99, dowsingandreynolds.com

Photo credit: Dowsling and Reynolds
Photo credit: Dowsling and Reynolds

Jim Lawrence

This family-run Suffolk-based company’s slim line switches can be used in tight spaces, between door frames or next to cabinetry for example. Two-gang toggle switch, £47.70, jim-lawrence.co.uk

Photo credit: Jim Lawrence
Photo credit: Jim Lawrence

Luxonov

For the ultimate in contemporary design, try this Belgian company, which produces handmade products in brass, exotic skins and woods – it ships to the UK.
‘Neva’ switch, £75, luxonov.com

Photo credit: Benoit Franchimont
Photo credit: Benoit Franchimont

Holloways of Ludlow

The best place to find Bakelite switches. Front plates are available in a range of wood finishes, ready for painting. Switch on oak, £31.50, hollowaysofludlow.com

Photo credit: Holloways of Ludlow
Photo credit: Holloways of Ludlow

Swtch

This UK company does a wide range of streamlined styles in various materials, but its colour offering is particularly strong. It also carries ‘Les Couleurs’, a modernist-inspired range based on Le Corbusier’s famed palette. LS990 Les Couleurs Cerulean Blue ‘1931’, from £55, swtch.co.uk

Photo credit: Swtch
Photo credit: Swtch

Buster & Punch

The brand’s signature knurled dimmer knobs and old school toggle switches take inspiration from retro audio equipment and coordinate nicely with the firm’s range of bulb lighting. Available in a range of hardwearing finishes including anodised and smoked bronze. 3G Dimmer Brass, £165, busterandpunch.com

Photo credit: Buster & Punch
Photo credit: Buster & Punch

The insider guide to choosing light switches

Still not sure which style is best for you? We asked the experts for their top tips…

Why change your light switches?

‘As an architect, details like these are super-important, which is why we designed our own,’ says Massimo Minale, an architect who founded Buster & Punch, which makes chunky metal light switches that take their cue from amplifier knobs.

‘If you want to make a statement there are plenty of designs that will do just that,’ adds Mark Holloway, owner of Holloways of Ludlow. ‘Industrial styles and bronze are popular right now, but if you’d rather render the switches virtually invisible, match them to your wall colour or look for transparent plates.’

Where should I place my light switches?

There may be lots of new design options, but the best way to position switches and sockets in a room remains the same. ‘Think about how you use the space, and map out where the furniture will be,’ says Holloway.

‘Plan socket placement to minimise trailing cables. Lights may need a two-way switch, so you can control them from different doorways, or the top and bottom of stairs.’

Minale advises dimmer switches inside the room, rather than at the door. ‘A toggle or rocker switch by the door gives instant illumination, but consider a dimmer by the bed, sofa or dining table so that you can control lighting levels from where you are sitting.’



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