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Brushed steel (or similar) faceplates, wall switches and sockets

Discussion in 'Smart Home, Climate Control & Security Forum' started by swin70, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. swin70

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    Hi all,

    We are just completing a basement renovation and so come the finishing touches and decoration. I am now after some swish wall sockets and switches.

    Unfortunately, our requirements are not the simple light switches and power sockets. We also RJ45 outlets for the home network, twin F-type satellite feeds, touch/remote dimmers, speaker connector (banana type), and BT telephone points.

    To give an idea of what I have been looking at have a look at these web sites.

    http://www.mlaccessories.co.uk/ml_flat.htm also available at http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_In...helsea_Index/Chelsea_Brushed_Brass/index.html but unfortunately don’t do touch dimmers, speaker points or twin f-type satellite plates.

    MK Electrics http://www.mkelectric.co.uk/PDF/technical/ASPECT_prod.pdf or http://www.mkelectric.co.uk/PDF/technical/EDGE_prod.pdf, which does a lot of modular sockets but again don’t seem to do touch dimmers or speaker points.

    It seems to be almost impossible to get a decent range of matching faceplates with all the necessary connection that is demanded by modern home cinema, audio and network setups.
     
  2. hornydragon

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    look at the Varilight range of IR dimmers from tlc-direct.......brushed matches the mains sockets they do ....
     
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    Many thanks for this. I had actually seen these from TLC, the unfortunate thing here is that the don't offer RJ45 or speaker sockets in the same design. ANyhow, after seeing the "flat" faceplates, I'm am not sure if I will even accept the rounded bulky plates. Ah, the problems of compomise.

    I can't belive that I am the only person who likes the flat style brushes steel faceplates AND who wants sockets to match thier home network and home cinema setup?
     
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    have a search for Extron Arichtectural face plates distributed by RGB communications
     
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    Chris

    Forbes and Lomax (www.forbesandlomax.co.uk) do all the items you want (I think). Not everything is listed on the website but if you get the brochure you will see them all. They are not cheap but they are helpful and usually deliver very quickly.

    Most of the components are from Wandsworth Electrical and are available from some other distributors most of whom are not on-line.

    BR
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    My GOD - they are gorgeous! I can’t believe they are that nice. This is just what I want – as long as the wallet will allow!
     
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    Sorry to jump in here, but no point in starting another thread up.
    Can nayone vouch for the quality of the TLC switches, etc as mentioned above, they seem failry cheap and look OK, just wondered what actual quality was like?
     
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    From what I have seen (display boards at TLC), the units look very good.

    I have seen a rang from www.getplc.co.uk that also look very very nice. These are also on sale in B and Q although they do not stock the entire range and are expensive. I have approcahed the manufacturer directly but as yet havn't had a response. They don't seem to do the touch dimmers through which is a great shame.

    Other site I found were -
    http://lightsaver.co.uk/shop/?page=main_shop.php&whichmenu=decacc&scrollcat=dasc
    http://lighting-direct.co.uk/shop.asp?cat=296 (also Varilight)
    http://www.fancylighting.com/acatalog/Satin_Stainless_Steel.html (very helpfull and will to try and source matching touch dimmers)
    http://buy-electrical.co.uk/
    Crabtree at www.electrium.co.uk.

    Still havn't decided what I want yet so let me know if you come accros anything else.
     
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    Thanks for that, it seems that TLC are still the cheapest, even with VAT.
    Juist got to make my mind up between the brushed chrome flatplate or normal brushed chrome - although they don't do a remote dimmer to match the flatplate, so most likely the normal ones.
     
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    I had the same issue and eventually went for a compromise of Crabtree Platinum range from B&Q, special pack of a toggle switch and 13amp 2 gang. I decided most of my RJ45 and other 'specials' were behind equipment and I could get away with white for those only.

    During my investigation I found the 'sheer' range by Hamilton http://www.hamilton-litestat.com/ . My local wholesaler told me that Hamiltons would make specials to order. They are reasonably comprehensive 'out-of-the-box' and a lot cheaper than MK, however I didn't use them.

    Steve
     
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    They are not shown on their website yet but they can supply many types of switches & sockets including networks sockets. Try www.lighting-direct.co.uk their tel no is 01923 333000
     

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