Varilight 2-Gang 13A Ice White Double Pole Switch Socket with Metal Rockers
Cheap and poor quality
Bought these to go on a new build house I had built, the buyer requested these.
Once fitted by my builder and sparky they looked poor.
The front plate is plastic and does not sit flush with the wall. There is a plastic lip that the plate attaches to making it look like it stands off the wall.
Only 4 small plastic clips hold the front plate on so it can pop of when un plugging something.
Dont buy spend a few more quid and get something metal. This applies to the full range not just these 2 gang sockets.
21 Jun 2013
excellent product looks great when fitted no unsightly attaching fixing screws
24 Oct 2011
Good value, but be warned!
Well i bought a selection of this range for my kitchen as we weren't keen on following the norm and having "polished chrome" like everyone else these days. I'm an electrician myself, and normally i'm not keen on any of the flat plate clip on range such as this, but thought i'd give these a try.
Just to clarify for you the front white plate is plastic, not metal powder coated like i thought they were, which personally makes them look a little cheap, but ok.
The next thing is the common problem across all of flat plate clip on ranges, no matter which manufacturer were talking about. They simply haven't given enough thought to the marriage of plate with socket. They are ALL fiddly, and take a bit of work to encourage the plate to clip onto the socket.
Overall, personally i find that flatplate ranges with clip on fronts only work on new builds with perfectly flat and square walls. The smallest discrepancy causes the backplate to sit twisted against the wall, hence making the front plate difficult to clip on, which encourages them to fall of when plugging or unplugging appliances. Oh, and some of the terminals are a little on the small side especially the earths!
On the plus side, this range is good value for money if you want an alternative to the usual hum drum of polished chrome and brushed chrome, and don't want the blandness of plain plastic white sockets. I would use them again, but only on a new build.
7 May 2010