The Best in Light Switch Plates: Savings & Security

The Best in Light Switch Plates: Savings & Security

Range Govindan
May 17, 2011

There's something that bothers us about simple light switch plates. They are very simple, but the switch that is the most common sticks out of the wall and we'd like something new. Also, the newer touch-based light switch plates can get confusing in the dark, especially the ones with a touch-based dimmer. However newer light switch plates can save you money in the long run, and have some safety features, which will help make your home more secure, particularly when you're away.

1. Aube TI033 by Honeywell: Programmable digital light switches are the way to go so that you can ensure that the lights are never left on by mistake and over a year, they'll save you some money. This one from Honeywell has a 7-day programmable timer. It sells for $30.

2. Leviton 6526-W with LED Guide Light: This smart light switch plate comes with an automatic LED guide light, which is perfect for large homes with little children. It sells for $16 on Amazon. 3. Lutron DVWCL-153PH-WH Diva: This light switch can handle CFLs and LEDs without any problems. The added benefit is that there is an integrated wall dimmer to the side of the main switch, which doesn't take up much space. It sells for $28 on Amazon.

4. Aube TI070 by Honeywell: This switch has got 3 different modes: manual, automatic, and random. The automatic mode switches lights on and off at sunrise and sunset. The random mode is pretty interesting when you're on vacation. The plate has LED backlighting, so it stands out from others we've seen. It costs $39 on Amazon.

5. Digital Light Switch by SDesignUnit: This is a simple digital light switch that we'd like to see realized. It comes from Korea and we wouldn't mind having a few of these around.

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