Different Types Of Electrical Based Wall Plates

February 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Everyone knows what a wall plate is. You see them everyday, but you probably don’t give them a second thought. Maybe you should reconsider those dull rectangles, though (and start by reading my article on when to replace them), since there are actually many different types of wall plates available beyond the standard electrical outlet you’re used to seeing.

 

Sad Face Electrical Outlets

They look sad…and kinda surprised.

Here are just some of the types of electrical based wall plates available for different applications.

A Few Types of Wall Plates and Their Uses

Keystone wall plates: This type of plate features anywhere from 1 to 6 small holes for keystone modules, which can be applied to a number of different multimedia applications. A “keystone module”, for those who might be unaware, is a small snap-in package featuring a connection port for any number of purposes, including audio, video, data, networking and more. Like most types of outlet plates, these come in multiple different color types to help match in with the surrounding décor or whatever mood you’re in on any given day (black if you’re feeling emo, gray if you’re feeling boring, etc.).

Emo-looking kid (He likes black)

I like my outlet plates black…like my soul.

A/V wall plates: These are specially designed plates which are perfect for use with corresponding  inserts to meet your audio and visual needs. They are ideal for home theater setups or entertainment systems. Personally, I’d say the coolest one is this Recessed Media Box with a self-healing face. It eliminates visible holes and allows you to run multiple cables through a single opening. I wish I had a self-healing face. I’d charge people to punch me square in the nose. People get to let out their aggression, and I get a little pocket money without the staggering hospital bills. It’s a win-win.

 Telephone wall plates:  These guys are designed to provide an easy connection for telephones. For the under thirty set who are undoubtedly scratching their heads right now, a “phone” used to be something that actually needed to plug into the wall, not just a little computer box that fits in your pocket.  These wall-plates generally feature a single port, although multiple connections can be used. They are white in color, and are great for providing an easy installation of a phone system within businesses or homes (for all five of you out there who still have a house land line).

That emo kid again.

Let me know when they come in black.

 

Gang Wall Plates: “Gang” in this scenario refers not to a group of thugs, but to gangbox, which is a term in the electrical industry that refers to a box, usually metal, that houses installed electrical components. When it comes to wall plates, a “1 gang” houses a single component, like a switch for example, while a “2 gang” houses two components side by side, and so on in that fashion. Plates that house up to six gangs are available. These plates are designed to be installed over the top of electrical power points, or any other electrical based connection point to help create a flush appearance. They’re available in all kinds of set-ups for whatever your electrical needs might be, and you can tell that emo kid up there that they have them in several colors and styles.

 

Red Wall Plate with "Emergency" printed on it

Including red. That guy likes red, right?

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Complete Configuration Guide for Wall Plate Covers

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Lighting 

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This wall outlet plate configuration information guide will cover light switch covers;  combination devices, receptacles, timers, USB charger devices, fan speed switches, specialty  light switch covers, anywhere switches, wall plates and wall jacks.

Wall plate covers are a vital part of a home. Determining the right configuration for your wall plates is 1 of the 3 vital steps when choosing the right wall plate for your home. Don’t worry, getting it right is pretty easy once you know what to look for.

Choosing the right wall plate covers can be done in these 3 easy steps:

1. Determine the configuration of the wall plate for the application purpose it will fill and taking stock of what is already installed..

2. Choose a style that suits your taste and budget.

3. Measure twice and cut once. Choose the right size for your outlet covers (standard, midway/midsize, oversize/jumbo) #measure2-cut1

 

Let’s get to it!

 

Complete Wall Plate Configuration Guide

definition: wall outlet plates come in a wide variety of configurations to fit the existing electrical outlet design, new applications will also require new outlets installed, switches, toggles and outlets.

Single Outlet Receptacle:

single-outlet-receptacle

 

Single Outlet Wall Plate Covers:

single-outlet single-outlet-receptacle-cover-lamp single-locking-outlet-plate
single outlet wall plate lampholder Self locking lid

 

Duplex Outlet Receptacles:

duplex-outlet-receptacle modular duplex outlet receptacle duplex light switch
Standard Modular Light Switch

 

Duplex Outlet Wall Plate Covers

duplex metal cover  screwlessduplex wall plate  duplex weather resistant wall plate
 Metal  Screwless  Weather resistant

 

Toggle Light Switches

toggle switch for ac watertight toggle switch dimmer dial
AC switch Watertight switch Dimmer dial

 

 

Rocker / Decorator Outlets Switches

 switch rocker decorator plate  slide fan rocker decorator plate  gfci rocker outlet
Switch Slide GFCI Outlet
 dimmer rocker decorator oulter cover  phone jack decorator wall plate  tv phone video audio wall plate decorator
Dimmer Phone Data
 Timer rocker plate  USB decorator wall plate cover  USB Outlet combination decorator plate
Timer USB Combination

 

 

 

Decorator and Rocker Outlet Plate Covers

standard decorator plate metal wall plate cover screwless wall plate decorator style
Standard Metal Screwless

 

Coax Outlet and Coax Wall Plate

coax wall plate cover coax wall outlet coax cable
Coax outlet Coax plate cover Coax cable

 

Phone Jack Outlet and Phone Jack Plate

phone jack decorator wall plate rj11 rj11 cable
Phone jack plate  RJ11 connector RJ11 cable

 

Blank Outlets and Blank Plates

Blank GFCI outlet blank insert toggle switch blank wall plate
Blank wall outlet Blank toggle switch Blank faceplate

Push Button Switch and Push Button Wall Plate

 push button  push button switch red
 Push button Switch Red panic button

 

Despard Wall Outlets and Despard Wall Plates

stacked toggle switch amerelle despard wall plate cover
 Stacked toggle/despard switches  Despard wall plate cover

 

Gangs

single gang wall plate cover 2 gang wall plate cover 3 gang wall plate cover
Single gang wall plate  2 gang wall plate 3 gang wall plate
4 gang wall plate cover 5 gang wall plate cover 6 gang wall plate cover
4 gang wall plate cover 5 gang wall plate cover 6 gang wall plate cover

 

Combination Wall Outlets

combination outlet - light switch and electrical outlet combination outlet - toggle switch and electrical outlet combination outlet - pilot light and electrical outlet
Switch / Outlet Toggle / Outlet Switch / Pilot Light
combination outlet - USB and electrical outlet combination outlet - Guide Light and electrical outlet combination outlet - Guide Light and light switch
USB / Outlet Guide Light / Outlet Guide Light / Switch
combination outlet - GFCI, Light Switch and electrical outlet
GFCI /Switch/ GFI Outlet

 

Combination Wall Plate Covers

 combination Wall Plate- toggle and duplex outlet  combination Wall Plate- toggle and decorative  combination Wall Plate- telephone cable and decorative
Toggle / Outlets Toggle / Decorative Phone / Decorative
combination Wall Plate- duplex outlet and Rocker-Decorative combination Wall Plate- telephone cable and toggle combination Wall Plate- duplex outlet and single
Decorative / Duplex Outlet Toggle / Telephone Cable Duplex Outlet / Single

 

Combination Blank Plate Outlet Covers

combination Blank Wall Plate- single combination Blank Wall Plate- duplex outlet combination Blank Wall Plate- toggle
Single / Blank Duplex Outlet / Blank Toggle / Blank
combination Blank Wall Plate- decorative
Decorative Rocker / Blank

 

More combinations and wall plate covers can be found here: http://www.cableorganizer.com/wall-plates/

Looking for solutions to common DIY problems: http://www.fixya.com/tags/acd1i_despard_switch/browse/leviton

 

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