Low Voltage Wiring System Compatibility
Kyle Switch Plates is your best resource for buying low voltage switch plates online. Specializing in GE, Remcon and Touch Plate low voltage systems, we produce and stock a wide range of wall plate configurations and replacement devices for low voltage wiring systems installed during the 1940's, 1950's, 1960's, 1970's and 1980's.
What Type of Low Voltage Wiring System Do I Have?
Several types of low voltage systems were manufactured and installed in U.S.-built homes during the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Over time, many of these wiring systems have become obsolete with replacement parts now extremely hard-to-find. If you do not know what type of low voltage electrical system you have, please see Determine Your Low Voltage System
for detailed descriptions and photos of low voltage wiring components.
What Replacement Parts Are Available For My System?
Once your low voltage system type has been determined, view our wide range of low voltage wall plates, electrical switches and replacement relays for General Electric (GE)
, Sierra Electric
and Touch Plate
systems to find compatible replacement hardware for your low voltage wiring set-up.
Are GE Switches Compatible with Remcon Wiring Systems?
YES, technically GE switches can be used with Remcon relays. Both are 3 wire, 3A, 24V switches. However, GE switches have not been tested for safety or reliability when used with Remcon relays and likely will burn out more quickly. Touch Plate switches have been tested for safety when used with Remcon relays, which is why we recommend them to replace discontinued Remcon switches over GE switches. We have had customers use both GE and Remcon switches with their Remcon relays.
Are GE Switches Compatible with Bryant Wiring Systems?
YES. Original Bryant low voltage devices and relays are no longer manufactured and updated same-brand replacements are not available. However, General Electric brand remote control relays (solenoids) and 24V switches can act as direct replacements for older Bryant low voltage relays and switches.
Are Touch Plate Switches Compatible with GE & Bryant Systems?
YES. Touch-Plate switches operate on a 2 wire system (one common, one switch); GE and Bryant switches use 3 wires (one common, one ON, one OFF). Because the Touch Plate switch wire allows a single button to turn a relay ON or OFF, it can replace the two ON & OFF wires on GE or Bryant switches. In order to have enough wires to connect correctly, however, 2 Touchplate switches are needed for every 1 GE or Bryant switch
Are Touch Plate Switches Compatible with Remcon Systems?
YES. Like GE and Bryant, Remcon switches also operate on a three-wire based system (one wire is common, one turns the relay ON and one turns the relay OFF). The switch wire on Touch Plate switches can successfully substitute the two ON & OFF Remcon wires. However, like GE and Bryant, each single Remcon switch will have to be replaced by two Touch Plate switches
in order to have enough wires to connect correctly.
Can GE, Remcon, Bryant Switches Work In Touchplate Systems?
NO. Two-wire Touch Plate switches are technically "backwards compatible" as they can accommodate the wiring of 3-wire low voltage switches (e.g. GE, Remcon, Sierra, Bryant). However, three-wire switches cannot be converted to function in the same way as Touch Plate's 2-wire switches.
Can Touch Plate Relays Replace GE, Remcon & Bryant Relays?
NO. Every low voltage system uses a type of relay that is designed for that particular system, and they all tend to work very differently. The Bryant system is an exception, because it can use GE brand relays for replacement
. Updated relays are available from GE and Remcon that can directly replace their brand's older model relays; similarly, Touch-Plate offers a relay that is backwards compatible for replacement of older Touchplate relays.