General Electric released their current line of low voltage bracket mounting switch plates during the late 80s. Designed for use with newer GE low volt push button switches and updated "diamond" mounting straps, these bracket mount wall covers offer convenient hassle-free installation - just unscrew and replace your old face plates while leaving mounted devices and brackets intact in the wall. A great replacement option if you need to upgrade an older defective rocker switch or if you've lost an original RA series metal strap, both of which are discontinued.
Bracket Mounted Low Voltage Switches, Wall Plate Covers & Transformers
Kyle Switch Plates carries a wide range of low voltage wall plate configurations and electrical devices for houses built in the U.S. during the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. This "Bracket Mount" series is designed for use in older homes equipped with original low voltage wiring systems where the need has arisen to add more lighting or for new installations where energy savings and a more environmentally friendly approach to lighting is desired.
Bracket Mount series includes low voltage switch plates for one, two, three, or four switches on one to two gang electrical boxes. Other hardware and electrical devices include one gang brackets or yokes, two gang brackets or yokes, GE light switches and remote control relays.
Replacement Low Voltage Parts: The GE RS2 switches are the currently produced devices that replace old GE low volt witches. Note that these devices have a black frame around them, so a thin black border shows when the device is installed in the cover plate.
Bracket Mount Low Voltage Sizes: Low voltage plates for newer GE switches come in versions that have one, two, three or four vertical openings for these bracket or yoke mounted switches. Dimensions of each hole are 1.178" tall by .756" across. Plates are designed for GE low voltage switches: unlighted, lighted (locator), pilot light or raise/lower devices.
Compatibility: The low voltage transformers, Bracket Mount switch plates, switches and brackets available on our site are all compatible with each other. They cannot be used with other series' transformers (must use GE transformers only). Furthermore, they do not fit old style switches (unless they currently fit into the type of bracket shown) and the brackets cannot be used with Original Style or New Style (snap-in) wall plates.
Descriptions and Explanations of Low Voltage Wall Switch Plates
Kyle Switch Plates is your best resource for buying low voltage switch plates online. We help you figure out which ones are compatible with your current setup through detailed descriptions and comparison photos. In addition, all of our wall plates are UL approved, we offer the widest range of sizes and finishes at great prices, an even offer a volume discount when you buy six or more switchplates.
What Size Do You Need?: Own a house built during the '40s, '50s, '60s or '70s? Whether you are trying to retrofit parts in a remodeled older home, adding a new room, building on to your home with a retro look, or are installing an energy-saving low volt wiring system in a new project, please review the considerations here to determine which series is appropriate for your electrical wiring situation. We want you to be confident that the plates you buy are the ones that will fit.
Dimensions: Choose this series of wall plate covers if you are using newer style GE snap-in electrical devices clipped into a bracket. This series is designed so that the plate may be removed without disturbing or unwiring the switches. These wallplates require brackets for mounting as the bracket is screwed into the electrical box and the plate then mounts into screw holes in the bracket. These switchplate covers have multiple vertical openings that are 1.178" high by .756" wide, spaced .906" apart, with "device mounting" screw holes on the bracket spaced 2.375" apart center to center. Available in horizontal hole orientations only in both single and double gang widths: 1 opening one gang switch plates, 2 opening one gang switch plates, 3 opening two gang switch plate and 4 opening two gang switch plates.
Installation Notes: Bracket Mount series switchplates DO require the use of the special mounting brackets shown. The spacing of the switches will not fit the wall plates if they are mounted in any other type of metal strap or bracket. The bracket is what is screwed directly into an electrical box, in the "box mounting" screw holes which are spaced 3.281" apart, center to center. Again, current replacement General Electric low voltage switches clip directly into the bracket. The switch plate cannot be mounted without a bracket installed first. Note that the electrical wiring must be done after switch has been snapped into place in the bracket. Bracket mount coverplates are available in vertical hole orientations only in the sizes shown. Note: Always consult a licensed electrician before attemtping any wiring jobs yourself.
Comparisons: If the sizes above don't seem to relate to the system you currently have installed in an attic, closet or basement of your home, then we recommend reading through our detailed descriptions of the most popular low voltage systems to determine which system you have. By checking the wall switch plate opening sizes, screw hole positions, strap/no strap usage and wallplate orientation of your current setup, you'll be able to determine which series you currently have.