British General 2-Gang 2-Way 10AX Light Switch Matt Black
Straightforward light switch
I purchased some matt black BG switches for a new kitchen - usual wonderfully quick delivery from Screwfix!. Most were installed by a pro fitter but I fitted the 2-gang switch. I was only using it in 1-way mode. It was confusing at first because the arrangement of the second gang of terminals was the other way up to the switch I was replacing. Careful study of the identifying marks for each terminal enabled me to wire it up correctly. The terminals are slightly bigger than on the old switch, making it easier to connect the wires. The actual switches are chrome finish and have a good, positive action. I can't comment on reliability as they've only been in for a week and it remains to be seen whether the matt black surface is any more or less prone to scratches than the old hard white switches. My switches came with gun metal black fixing screws. This seems contrary to the illustration on the web site, which shows chrome screws. The screws are 20mm long, but I was fitting the switches over thick tiles and they didn't reach the knock-out box lugs: screws of at least 30mm were needed. Overall, I am pleased with the product - it seems well made, its a good price and I like the contrast of the chrome switches and matt black switch plate. This won't suit every type of decor but it has worked well in a mid-green kitchen with greyish work tops.
3 Jun 2014