Replacement white low voltage light switch with on and off buttons for the low voltage lighting systems common in homes built in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
OBSOLETE AS OF 1/2022 - SEE GE LIGHT SWITCH REPLACEMENT OPTIONS for current alternatives. Old GE switches have been OUT OF STOCK everywhere since early 2021.
These unlighted devices were the updated versions of original 25V GE RFS3, RFS6, and RFS9 models of low volt lighting switches. Note that these newer GE low voltage light switches are a bit larger than the original ones and protrude farther from the wall as well.
- DISCONTINUED: INFO HERE FOR SWITCHES CURRENTLY INSTALLED
- IMPORTANT: Fits in GE new style and bracket mount switch plates ONLY. Does NOT fit old type GE/Bryant wallplates or straps.
- 3 Amp 24 V.A.C. (volt alternating current)
- single pole double throw center off SPDT Normally Open (SPDT NO)
- one button turns light on; the other turns light off - marked on side
- standard Class 2 control relay wiring
- outside dimensions: 1-3/8" W x 57/64" H x 1-1/8" D
- (subsurface housing that snaps into plate is 1.16" x .74", sets down into plate to a depth of .87"; protrudes from plate about 1/4")
- SPDT momentary manual override switch
- five 0.187" red quick disconnect terminals included (3 for wires plus 2 spares)
- for "snap in" or "bracket mount" wall plate covers
- fits 1.28" x .76" rectangular switch cover opening
- slightly bigger than original RFS series switches - use with New Style wall plates
- may use as single pole or 3 way switch - see GE RS237 Switch Wiring Instructions for 3-way installations
- replacements for GE RFS-3, RFS-6 and RFS-9 rocker devices
- also may use to replace Bryant rocker light switches
- made in USA by General Electric
- UL listed
Click Low Voltage Switch Plates and Electrical Devices for all low volt switches, brackets and wallplates including those that fit the old style RFS-6 devices. We carry custom made low voltage wall plates that fit many different series of low voltage wiring system's electrical devices.
Pass & Seymour Low Voltage Despard Trigger Switches can be used as 1:1 replacements for unlighted switches.
Q & A
No. GE stopped making ALL RS23X switches in 2020 and ran out in 2021. The plan to restart production again in 2022 was abruptly ended with the switches declared obsolete. Fortunately, Kyle Switch Plate has several alternative switch options that are compatible with GE systems. Please see GE low voltage replacement switches.
Q. My vintage GE rocker switches are mounted in a steel bracket. Should I buy a new strap for these?
A. No, GE's RS23X light switches did not require a mounting strap (unless using with Bracket Mount Wall Plates). They simply snapped right into the front of the New Style Switch Plates thereby eliminating the need for a bracket altogether.
Q. Can I use these RS23X series switches with my old yoke?
A. No. If you have any of the RS23X series switches which were discontinued in 2021, do not attempt to insert them into an older strap or yoke. These recently discontinued switches were slightly bigger than the old light switches and likely would be damaged - the housing can crack and the buttons can get stuck because it is too tight a fit for them to function properly.
Q. Can I buy GE 3-way low voltage switches?
A. Good news! Any GE replacement switch options can be used as 3 way low voltage switches, too. All you have to do is wire them in parallel to create 3 way switches, 4 way switches, etc. - as many as you want. That way, any switch you click will turn the lights on or off.
Q. How can I tell which button is on and which is off?
A. The old RS23X switches (RS232, RS237, RS239) were marked on the side of the housing to indicate which button is on (red) and which is off (black). As long as you installed the switches the same direction on your covers you will know which is which: the left button is on and the right is off, for example, or the top button is on and the bottom is off.