Did you know, electrical switches were made from porcelain earlier? Later, manufacturers started using Bakelite – an early form of brittle plastic. These materials no longer satisfy the highest standards of quality and safety. Nowadays, modular switches are made from thermosetting plastic are the best of their kind. Here’s why?
Switches are used, either for restoring or disconnecting a circuit, usually to operate lights and other electronic equipment. In doing so, a switch must protect the user from electrical hazards. Therefore, the material used for manufacturing switches, mounting plates and covers plays a very important part.
The plastic material used for making modular switches is a combination of phenolic resin, formaldehyde, and heat. The polymer becomes irreversibly hardened when cured and cannot be re-melted to form a different shape. It makes these modular switches extremely durable and safe. Here are the 5 reasons why I switched to these modular switches from Schneider Electric.
Bad Conductor of Electricity
The material used in making modern modular switches is an extremely bad conductor of electricity. Plus, these switches and sockets come with cover plates and blocking mechanisms which make them spill-safe and child-safe.
Durability & Structural Quality
While a switch may not be breakable by itself, it could crack due to accidental application of force. Therefore, durability and structural resistance is an important factor. Schneider Electric is among the most recognizable brands in the world and have a penchant for quality. A factor that really defines our preference when buying electrical switches.
Chemical & Corrosion Resistance
Another safety feature that often gets ignored when buying electrical switches is chemical and corrosion resistance. Switches are often used lifelong, which means they may get exposed to chemicals and humidity over time. Modern, chemical and corrosion resistant, modular switches ensure long term electrical safety.
Electrical current flow generates heat. Therefore, heat resistance is also a must have requirement for switch materials. Modular switches made from thermosetting plastic are highly resistant to heat and external temperature changes, reducing the instance of melting, short circuits and fires.
Despite all their amazing qualities, modular switches are lightweight and come with soft-click operation that gives these devices a premium feel. Schneider Electric offers a variety of switch and socket ranges to cater to different interior design combinations,
Livia: A line of sleek wall hugging switches with a classic finish
Zencelo: Aesthetically designed flat switches for the ones who love simplicity
Unica Pure: A twist of modern minimalism to the classic switch and socket design
Opale: A range of satin finish switches for domestic installation
Ulti Impress: Modern modular switches with sleekly chic square profile and instantly identifiable round dollies
Neo: Contemporary range of sleek modular switches and lighting controllers
Now, you can check out the entire range of modular switches and sockets by Schneider Electric India, online.