Switcheroo

by Josh on November 11, 2006 · 4 comments

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My new push-button light switches and forged cover plates arrived in the mail earlier this week. This was a little bit of house bling that I’ve wanted to add for some time and finally justified when my new compact fluorescent lightbulbs required me to eliminate a couple of dimmer switches.

Old dimmer switches:
Old dimmer switch

New push-button switches:
New push-button switch

The push-button switches arrived well-packaged and it took me just a few minutes to install all three of them. I only ordered three in order to keep my cost down (one switch and forged single wall plate costs $25), and because Ms. Bungalow wasn’t completely sold on the idea of these old-fashioned switches. Now that the work is done, we both agree the switches are a great detail. I’m planning to swap out more of the toggles for push-buttons gradually as funds allow.

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Aaron November 12, 2006 at 12:25 am

Those are nice. We went modern in our own place (Lutron’s Maestro dimmers) but I’ve seen a few places with those push button switches and they’re very cool.

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Eric November 12, 2006 at 6:54 am

They look great! Just so you know, you can actually buy push-button dimmers too.

http://www.rejuvenation.com/typepagePushbutton%20Switches/templates/houseparts_group.html

–Eric

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Josh November 12, 2006 at 9:16 am

Glad you like the switches, Aaron and Eric. I considered installing the push-button dimmers you mentioned, Eric, but they would make my non-dimmable fluorescent bulbs flicker and hum. That’s why I replaced the old dial-style dimmers in the first place. The energy savings of the fluorescent bulbs was just too appealing to ignore, even if it meant giving up my dimmable mood lighting.

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stuccohouse November 12, 2006 at 2:08 pm

They look very nice!

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