*Important Info About Replacement GE Low Voltage Light Switch Plates*
Shop for GE low voltage light switches, remote control relays, and replacement light switch covers that don't require straps to update a vintage Bryant or GE lighting system in your older home. If you need to buy new switches, please see the New Style Low Voltage wall plates. These old style switchplates only fit the vintage low voltage rocker light switches.
GE Original RFS Style Low Volt Cover Plates
The GE original style series of low voltage switch plates and devices first entered the market in the late 1950's, continuing production until the 1980's. If you need to replace dated, damaged or worn old style wall plates for your vintage low volt system, Kyle Switch Plates manufactures replacement switch plates to be used with your existing GE mounting brackets and rocker light switches. Simply swap out your old plastic covers with these new metal face plates for a quick and inexpensive drop-in replacement.
Original Style Low Voltage Wall Plate Covers and Transformers
Kyle Switch Plates produces and stocks a wide range of low voltage wall plate configurations and devices for houses built in the U.S. during the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. This "Original Style" series is designed for use in homes equipped with original GE and Bryant low voltage wiring systems where the need has arisen to add more lighting.
Hard-to-find GE original style low voltage switch plates are currently available in single gang sizes for 1 Vertical Switch, 1 Horizontal Switch, 2 Switches, 3 Switches or two gang configurations for 4 Switches (2 switches per gang) and 6 Switches (3 switches per gang). We also offer GE Mechanical Latching Relays and 115 Volt Transformer Power Supplies.
History and Background: This was an earlier style of low voltage switchplates and devices that came onto the market in the late 1950's and were produced into the 1960's. Choose this series of wall plate if you have the original style GE mini-rocker type electrical devices mounted into a strap and are only needing to replace the plate itself.
Replacement Low Voltage Parts: The square or rectangle switch in the main image is an example of an old style push button or rocker type low voltage light switch that fits this series. These older style low voltage rocker switches and rectangular pushbutton electrical devices are no longer manufactured, so unless you can find them used from a salvage store or stripped from a remodeling job on an older home, your only alternative for adding more switches is to use the newer type switches and wall plates found in our "Snap In" series.
Original Low Voltage Sizes: Rare, old-fashioned style low voltage plates have openings that are .656" high by 1.092" wide for strap mounted devices. Wall plates have one, two or three horizontal openings on each of one or two gangs.
RFS Decorator Original Low Voltage Sizes: A variation on the basic style low voltage plates, this decorative series has modular plates that fit over switch plate frames. Device openings are still .656" high by 1.092" wide and are mounted in straps behind the overlay panels. Wall plates have one, two or three horizontal openings on multiple gangs.
Compatibility: The low voltage transformers, switch plates and switches shown in the top photo are all compatible with each other. They cannot be used with other series' transformers, new style GE switches, or with "Snap In" or "Bracket Mount" wall plates. (Note: GE transformers and 24V switches are compatible with Bryant transformers and 24V switches.)
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 determine which ones are compatible with your current setup through detailed descriptions and comparison photos. In addition, all of our wall plates have UL approval, we offer the widest range of sizes and finishes at great prices, an even offer a volume discount when you buy 6 or more switchplates.
What Size Do You Need?: Whether you are trying to retrofit parts in a remodeled older home, building an addition with a retro look or are installing a low volt wiring system in a new project, review the considerations here to determine which series is best for your electrical wiring situation. We want you to be confident that the plates you buy are the ones that will fit.
Dimensions: This was the first style of low voltage switchplates and devices to come onto the market in the late 1950's and were produced into the 1960's. Choose this series of wall plate if you have the original style GE mini-rocker type electrical devices mounted into a strap or yoke and are only needing to replace the plate itself. (Original style GE straps and devices are no longer manufactured. To see an example, click on any of the wallplates listed above to find a comparison photo.) Old style low volt wall plate holes are 1.093" W x .656" H. Holes are 2.0" apart center to center on the the two opening plates and 1.0" apart on the three opening switch plates.
Installation Notes: The wallplate screws into the strap, so you must have straps or yokes in place in order to mount these coverplates. Strap mounting, or interchangeable, screw holes are 3.812" apart center to center. While the current GE devices shown above can, with a bit of effort, be jammed into the old straps, they are thicker than the old ones. As a result the switch plate will not mount flush with the wall, sticking out about an 1/8" and revealing your cut plaster. Available in horizontal and vertical hole orientations in both single and double gang widths: one gang 1 hole, one gang 2 hole, one gang 3 hole, two gang 2 hole, two gang 4 hole and two gang 6 hole versions. 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 the attic 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 orientation of your current setup, you'll be able to figure out which series you currently have.