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Find Replacement Low Voltage Light Switches and Switch Plates

Posted by Kyle Design on February 12, 2013

Whether your older home has a broken switch or your painter threw out your old style switch plates, Kyle Switch Plates can get you set up with the right replacement parts for your low voltage lighting system. If you’re not familiar with low voltage lighting (and quite possible, your electrician isn’t either!) – don’t panic! There is a solution, even if the parts you currently have have been discontinued.

Identify Your Low Voltage System

Determine which brand your system is by visiting Kyle Switch Plates’ Low Voltage Lighting Systems Identification Guide. There, you’ll find tons of great pictures of different types of low voltage light switches and switch plates, and you’ll find out which replacement parts will work for you.

Low Voltage Light Switches

Find New Replacement Parts – Light Switches, Relays, and Switch Plates

Once you know which system you have – GE, Bryant, Touch Plate, Remcon, or Sierra – you can buy brand new parts from Kyle Switch Plates. They also have wiring guides and can help you over the phone if you’re not sure which replacement parts go with your system.

Keep in mind that many of the switches you see in the picture above have been discontinued, which means that the replacement parts you purchase will look updated. But the newer designs are compatible with what you currently have. If your unsure about what parts are compatible with your system, just call Kyle Switch Plates and they can walk you through the process of purchasing compatible replacement parts for your specific low voltage lighting system.

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How to Create a Specialty Switch Plate Using Fillers, Inserts and Overlays

Posted by Kyle Design on May 17, 2012

Not many combo plates house more than 2 styles of openings. But that doesn’t mean you can’t run into a scenario where you need say, a phone, cable and outlet hole all in 1 plate. Or maybe you already have a switch plate in the color you need, but it’s the wrong configuration. Did you know it can be changed with an insert or overlay?



As you can see above, a decora rocker plate can be converted into almost anything – cable, phone, ethernet or a combination – or can be filled with a blank filler.

People often have decora rocker plates that they need to convert to toggle plates. Adding a decora-to-toggle wallplate insert is an easy solution with Kyle Switch Plates’ huge selection of decora-to-toggle inserts.


Cable or Rotary Dimmer Adapters – Black, Ivory, White, Light Almond or Brown

Cable Jack Insert – Black, Ivory, White, Light Almond, or Brown



You can fill a decora style plate with single hole opening that’s perfect for an existing coaxial cable jack (shown left). Or, you can buy the full cable jack insert (shown right).

Kyle Switch Plates carries decora-to-coaxial-cable inserts with or without the jack in black, ivory, white, light almond, or brown.







With Leviton modular jacks from Kyle Switch Plates you can literally build your own configuration in any decora plate. Modular jacks house 2 to 4 ports which can be filled with phone jacks, Cat3, Cat5E and Cat6 ethernet ports, or cable jacks. Create your own combo! Pretty cool!


You can also built-your-own combo with modular inserts for a Duplex plate.

Here’s something else that’s cool – you can buy a metal plate insert to convert a decora opening to a duplex outlet opening. This works especially well with stainless steel and brass plates since the inserts come in either a silver or gold finish.




Another way to convert your wallplate is with conversion overlays. They get the job done plus add a decorative element that inserts don’t. Buy silver or gold overlays to transform a rocker switchplate to a duplex outlet, toggle switch, push button switch, phone jack, cable TV jack, despard switch or a blank. Combine them to create custom combination switch plates.


Convert Rocker Plate to Toggle Plate

For more information on fillers visit Kyle Switch Plates’ Guide to Switch Plate Inserts.

Know what you need?

Click Buy Wallplate Inserts and Overlays to find the part that’s right for you.

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Hard to Find Switches and Switch Plates

Posted by Kyle Design on April 16, 2012

For some of us, a trip to the hardware store just doesn’t cut it when we need to replace a switch or wall plate. Why? Here are 7 reasons you may need to order a specialty switch plate from Kyle Switch Plates:

Reason #1: Odd Size

Switch plates come in a variety of sizes including Standard, Narrow, Mid-Size, and Oversized (also called Jumbo).

Toggle Switch Plate in 4 Sizes and Finishes

Swtich Plate Sizes and Dimensions

While standard, mid-sized and oversized switch plates are typically the same dimension, narrow plates come in a variety of widths: 1-3/4″, 2″, or 2-1/4″.

Shop Standard Switchplates

Shop Narrow Switchplates

Shop Mid-Size Switchplates

Shop Oversized Switchplates.



It may be difficult to find the exact plate you’re looking for because it’s not a standard sized plate. If you’re unsure, measure the plate that needs to be replaced (if you have it) or the area of the wall that needs to be covered. The size of the plate will not effect the size of the opening for the switch, just the area of the wall that is covered. Then visit Kyle Switch Plates’ Wallplate Sizing Guide to find what you need.

You may have a switch plate that looks like a standard Decora Rocker (shown above, far left), but the sizing of the hole for the switch or the overall dimensions are off. If your home was built in the 1950s, 60s, or 70s, you may have an Old Style Switch Plate which would explain why you’re having a difficult time finding a replacement. Order Old Style Switch Plates at

Reason #2: Odd Configuration

If you need a combination plate with more than 1 or 2 styles of device openings (like a Toggle, Decora Rocker, and Duplex Outlet all in 1 plate), it can be difficult to find the wallplate you need in stores. The best place to look for combination wall plates is online at Kyle Switch Plates Online Store of Combination Switch Plates. They have the largest selection of irregular switchplates on the web and they’re available in a variety of colors. With hundreds of combo switch plates, you’re practically guaranteed to find the one that’s right for you.


Horizontal and Vertical Toggle Light Switch Plate

Combo Wallplate with Toggle and 2 Decora Rockers

Single Toggle and Double Decora Rocker Combination Plate

Switchplate with Duplex Outlet, Toggle, and Decora Rocker Combo

Duplex Receptacle, Decora Rocker, and Toggle Combination Switch Plate



Reason #3: Special Color

If your switch, outlet, or plate is not white or ivory, you’re limited to what you can find in stores and you may have been told the part you need doesn’t exist! Kyle Switch Plates keeps a large stock of switches, electrical devices, and wallplates in their warehouse that are not only white and ivory but also stainless steel, black, brass, almond, bronze, oil-rubbed bronze, gray, copper, brown, and tons more. Shop Switches & Electrical Devices or Switchplates by Color at Kyle Switch Plates.

Kyle Switch Plates - Switch Plate Finish Options

Switch and Oulet Colors from Kyle Switch Plates

Color Options for Light Switches and Electrical Outlets

Reason #4: Old Home

If your house was built in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s, you may find that your switches and wall plates don’t look like the “regular” ones you see in more modern homes. If so, there’s a good chance you have a Low Voltage Lighting System and your best source for replacement switches and switch plates is Kyle Switch Plates. Keep reading for more information about Low Voltage Systems (Reason #5) and discontinued switches and plates (Reason #6).

As we mentioned in Reason #1 above, you may have a wall plate that looks very similar to a Decora Rocker with a rectangular opening, but the sizing is off. If your home was built in the 1950s, 1960s, or 1970s, you may have an Old Style Wall Plate which you can buy online from Kyle Switch Plates – click Old Style Light Switch Plates.

Reason #5: Low Voltage System

If your home has a low-voltage lighting system, finding replacement switches and plates can be difficult. Your electrician may even tell you that they’ve never seen a system like yours before. Yikes! Your best source for information about low-voltage systems is Kyle Switch Plates – on their website you can determine which type of low voltage system you have, purchase hard-to-find low voltage parts including relays, switches and switch plates, and find helpful wiring diagrams. They have everything you need for GE Low Voltage, Bryant, Remcon, Sierra and Despard, and Touch-Plate low voltage systems. You can also call them direct to get help determining what you have and need.


Reason #6: Discontinued Switches and Plates

Many low-voltage devices have been discontinued, which means you’ll never find a replacement in stores. But, for every system that has been discontinued, Kyle Switch Plates has a solution and everything you need to get your old system converted to a currently manufactured one. They’ve tracked down every switch that is still being made, which you can purchase on their website. They even manufacturer their own line of affordable replacement switch plates for GE systems that you won’t find anywhere else. Visit Kyle Switch Plates’ Low Voltage Lighting Store to learn more and find the parts you need.


Old GE, Old Bryant & both Older & Newer Remcom switches have been discontinued. Buy compatible replacement switches at

Reason #7: Your Switch or Plate is Just “Different”

If your switch and cover plate are different from “regular” ones like Toggle and Decora Rocker and you’re sure you don’t have a low-voltage system, you may be looking for Despard or Push Button switches and wallplates, or Louvered, Deep, Round plates or plates with rounded corners. Check out what’s in stock and ready to ship in the wallplate warehouse at Kyle Switch Plates.

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Think You Need a Custom Wallplate?

Posted by Kyle Design on March 30, 2012

We all have that odd light switch or outlet cover plate that’s an odd combination. We may not realize it until we need a replacement and – eh oh! – Home Depot and Lowe’s doesn’t carry it. Now what? Over the past several years I’ve come to the conclusion that there is literally nothing that can’t be found online.  That includes random switch plates with weird configurations. The problem is, if you think you need a custom plate when you really don’t, you may end up spending way more than you need to by ordering a made-to-order wallplate.

You may think you have a switch plate that’s so unique it needs to be custom made, but the truth is, Kyle Switch Plates carries over 300 irregular switchplates that can’t be found in stores but are currently in-stock and ready to ship from their wallplate warehouse. They carry the largest selection of switch plates online and offer the most affordable light switch plates and outlet covers on the web. Even better – all orders ship out within 1 – 2 business days (with cheap, flat-rate shipping!) which means you don’t have to wait a week (or longer) for your “custom” plate to be made, and then wait another week for it to be delivered.

If you have odd configurations of light switch and outlet covers, check out the enormous selection of affordable plates at Kyle Switch Plates. Hundreds of discount switch plate layouts, 20 popular and uncommon finishes (including white, stainless steel, brown, and ivory), cheap discounted prices, and fast flat-rate shipping. You won’t be disappointed!

Odd Configuation Combination Switch Plates

Combination Switch Plates

Available Switch Plate Colors at Kyle Design

Odd configuration switch plates from Kyle Design

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Designer Dilemma: Oil Rubbed Bronze Switch Plates

Posted by Kyle Design on May 2, 2011

If you’re anything like us here at Kyle Switch Plates, then you notice the small details in everything and every where you go. From flooring, to wall art and cabinet hardware, your eye is trained to pick up the beauty in every room and see hidden potential in even the “ugliest” of things. When you first enter someone’s home or business you are immediately introduced to their sacred space. A home and even a small business are a true representation of our inner and outer self, and our choice in metals, wall color, furniture and accessories say more about our personalities than you may think.

Recently, oil rubbed bronze has been a popular metal choice for homeowners and small business owners when choosing light fixtures, faucets and door hardware. But let’s not forget the most obvious and necessary accessory: switch plates. What many don’t know is that you can customize switch plates to match all the fixtures in your space so that they fit right in and contribute to your personal style. Oil rubbed bronze switchplates are the perfect finishing touch in any work area or social space because they add a hint of elegance and enhance your room without being intrusive.

Gone are the days when a homeowner had to settle for boring, white plastic wall plates which stick out like sore thumbs against patterned wallpaper or faux finished walls. Plastic plates are infamous for cracking and severely yellowing over the years. But with metal plates, you don’t have to worry about damage issues and replacement for years to come, allowing you to enjoy your home (and purchase) without concern. Investing in bronze wall covers is like proclaiming a fashion statement for your personal or work space while showing off your attention to detail.

If you’re worried about configurations and mismatching electrical devices, Kyle Switch Plates offers a wide array of switch plate sizes and openings as well as flattering brown electrical devices to blend seamlessly. From oversized to hard-to-find switch covers, you’re likely to find all the plates you need for a designer look at Kyle Switch Plates.

Building a custom home or launching a new business? Consider these desirable wall plates if you’re investing in oil rubbed bronze hardware or decorating in an “old world” or vintage style. In example, a hip local coffee shop with bronze pendant lighting and antique furnishings would be a great fit for this timeless finish. Oiled bronze plates will demonstrate to your customers that not only do you care about your public image but that you don’t mind going the extra mile.

So whether you’re remodeling your kitchen and aiming for a “rustic” look or opening a trendy coffee shop, if you’re worried about mixing metals and want to stick with a theme we highly recommend these affordable oil rubbed bronze switchplates to complete your vision. And when you have people asking whether you worked with an interior designer, you’ll proudly be able to proclaim that you did this all on your own.

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Low Voltage Switch Compatibility

Posted by Kyle Design on March 15, 2011


Though vintage low voltage systems have become obsolete, replacement parts are still manufactured and available.

One of our most common home hardware questions is from customers with low voltage lighting systems in their home: “I need to replace an old low voltage switch. What kind of low voltage switch will work?” As very limited info on low voltage systems can be found these days, here’s a little history:

Original low voltage wiring systems were installed in mid-century homes during the 1940s to the 1980s and have since become obsolete, with many manufacturers discontinuing their low voltage product lines or going out of business. Some popular low voltage brands included General Electric (GE), Remcon, Bryant, Sierra and Touch-Plate, all of which have discontinued their original, older light switch and switch plate styles.


Touch-Plate switches can replace older General Electric (GE), Remcon and Bryant switches.

For low voltage replacement options, General Electric (GE) and Touch-Plate actively manufacture updated switches, wall switch plates and relays for use in their older low voltage lighting systems. Remcon (Amprobe) has discontinued their brand of low voltage devices and wall plates as recently as February 2011.

If same-brand hardware replacements are not available to replace your damaged or nonfunctional low voltage electrical equipment, read our Low Voltage Switch Compatibility guide to see if other brands of low voltage switches can be used in your wiring system. Newer Touch-Plate low voltage switches, for example, will work in older General Electric (GE), Remcon and Bryant low voltage systems, so they are a great compatible replacement option for many.

Have a low voltage system, but don’t know what type you have? Review Determine Your Low Voltage System to find more information and photos on common low voltage systems. This will help you narrow down what replacement parts and hardware will work with your wiring set-up, and make shopping for low voltage replacement parts much less of a headache!

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Popular Paint Color Ideas & Hot Interior Colors for 2011

Posted by Kyle Design on March 10, 2011

In keeping with the theme of yesterday’s post, I thought it might be a good idea to see what new, hot interior paint colors are in style for 2011. (Actually, I came home yesterday and managed to convince myself that my kitchen wall was feeling drab – might just be time to freshen it up, so I searched for ideas online.) I’ve listed my top 10 findings below, with credit due in large part to the Pantone Spring 2011 Fashion Color Report. I honestly like ALL of these, so if you’ve got an opinion, feel free to help sway my decision!

1. HONEYSUCKLE – On the contrary, pink is indeed for everybody (men and women, kids and adults). It’s an excellent color choice if you want to perk up a room or just add a fun splash of color to your decor – our Personalized Quilting Tape Measure Gifts are a great example of this.

2. PEACOCK – A rich, deep teal like this makes a great accent color in an otherwise neutral toned house. For a subtle contrast effect, buy home furnishings accented with blue-green hues – like our Decorative Arts and Crafts Designer Switch Plates – and strategically place them around the home.

3. SILVER GRAYThe coolest neutral tone of the season, this traditional hue will work with any color scheme like the classic contrasted black as seen on our Personalized Scales of Justice Stamp Dispenser Box.

4. LAVENDER – Timeless, yet versatile, there’s a common consensus that this trendy color is always in style. In fact, our Lavender Colored Iris Letter Opener is a Kyle Design best-seller.

5. AMBER – With tones ranging from goldenrod to florescent, yellow is useful for attention-getting and drawing the eye to notice. It may not be a good idea to use this color in your bedroom – you might never get any sleep! – but it could certainly make another space more cheery (see our Elegant Amber Exotic Wood Monogrammed Valet Box for a great beeswax or butter colored furnishing idea).

6. ROSEMARY – According to the psychology of color, green is most associated with nature and it can therefore make any space seem soothing, comfortable or familiar. Try decorating your home with hints of green – like the Tree of Life Night Light with Gorgeous Green Stain Glass – to add an element of harmony to common spaces or bedrooms.

7. RUSSET – Brown shades and earthy tones add a sense of comfort to a room, not to mention style, so it’s a great shade to use for professional settings. Check out our Unique Eye Doctor Desktop Card Holder Stand for a stylish example.

8. REGATTA – A cool oceanside or boat blue, similar to that seen on our Cool Decorative Lighthouse Ceiling Fan Pulls.

9. CITRUS – Orange, in all of of its various and glorified hues, is apparently the “IT” color of 2011. Brighten your space with Bright Sun Kissed Orange Message Magnet Clips, which add a fun touch of color to kitchen appliances and office file cabinets.

10.AQUAWith calm undertones of blue, this serene hue adds a modern, playful touch without any drastic changes. Color it throughout the rooms of your house with paint or fun decorations, like our Personalized Paradise Anchor Holiday Christmas Ornaments.

Need more inspiration for decorating ideas with color? See our helpful Shopping by Color Gift Guide for recommended gifts and product photos featuring specific colors or color combinations to match your decor scheme.

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How To Add Color Without Painting

Posted by Kyle Design on March 9, 2011

Unique Custom Night Lights Add A Great Colorful Accent To Any Room

Unique Custom Night Lights Add A Great Colorful Accent To Any Room


Sun Catchers Add A Beautiful Pop Of Color To Your Space

Eggshell. Ivory. Pearl. It’s a well known fact that neutral colors are safe – they go well with everything, allowing for ultimate flexibility in decorating and they’re simply low maintenance, which is great when you don’t have the time or money to spend on home decor makeovers. However, too much white or beige can be overwhelming at times, so it’s a good idea to add some color to your home for dimension and personality. While painting can sometimes be expensive, time-consuming or relatively daunting for those who don’t particularly enjoy do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, you can find hassle-free ideas on how to add color without painting such as the following helpful tips and tricks:

Show Off Your Interests With Custom Designer Switch Plates

Decorate your switch plates with cool custom images and colors that reflect your interests.

1. Add colorful lighting. Striking stain glass night lights are both fashionable and functional – customize a night light with a decorative design image and beautiful stain glass color that matches the decor of a given room for a cool personal touch.

2. Take advantage of natural lighting. Hanging creative etched metal sun catchers can add a gorgeous burst of color to any room when the sun is shining at its brightest.

3. Decorate your switch plates and home appliances. Add personalized design patterns and vibrant colors to your switch plates to create stylish decorative wall plate covers. Or use practical organizing accessories like strong art glass magnet clips around your kitchen or office for subtle, yet creative works of art.

Need to replace your home appliances? Popular appliance manufacturers are now integrating vibrant colors like Blackberry (Eggplant Purple) and Lemongrass (Spring Green) into their product lines – forget stainless steel and add some personality to your kitchen, laundry room or bath with a jazzy refrigerator or bold washer and dryer set!

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Black Switch Plates Are Meant To Be Noticed

Posted by Kyle Design on March 2, 2011

Just upgraded to stainless steel appliances? Black switch plates and outlet plug covers are a great way to enhance the modern, contemporary look of stainless steel kitchens – minus the fingerprints.

Black Wall Switch Covers with Matching Black Electrical Devices

Complete your trendy avant-garde wall decor with coordinating black electrical devices, light switches and outlet plugs.

With coordinating electrical devices, dimmers and power outlet receptacles in matching gloss or matte black finishes, you can create a gorgeous polished look in no time. Black switches and receptacle plugs are available in a wide range of voltages and styles – ranging from antique push button models to energy saving motion sensor switches – so ample options are available when you need that hard-to-find device for a unique electrical application.


This decorative black switch plate can add a subtle, yet fun splash of color to all-black decor.

For those interested in a look that’s a bit more “retro-fabulous,” try pairing a black switch plate with Ivory or Light Almond electrical switches. The unusual, striking contrast is sure to be appreciated by any fan of mid-century modern style. (It’ll go great with that avocado hued fridge or vintage shell pink bath tub!)

Want to add a colorful touch for children in your home? No problem – classy black switch plates can be personalized with decorative overlays and unique designs in a variety of colors and styles. A great kid-friendly way to personalize baby nurseries, bedrooms for girls and boys, playrooms, family rooms and more.

If you’re a handy man or woman who enjoys do-it-yourself projects, try DIY Switch Plate Painting or Artistic Paper Covered Decoupage Switch Plates for creative solutions to updating your home decor.











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Wayne Thiebald Retrospective at the San Jose Museum of Art – A Feast for the Fiber Artist’s Eyes

Posted by Kyle Design on March 7, 2010

I saw the Wayne Thiebald – 70 Years of Painting show at the San Jose Museum of Art. Absolutely loved it! I’ve always like Thiebald’s work, but while walking through the exhibition, it dawned on me what the appeal is for me.

Number 70 Business Card Holder in Silver with Iridescent Copper Accents

Birthday Cake Pill Box in Silver with Iridescent Sunshine Color Accent

Wayne Thiebald might appreciate that cakes come in all colors at Kyle Design

His work is like fabric; richly woven and textural. As a fiber artist at heart (and at the start), his work speaks to me. One painting in particular, Dark City, 1999 in oil on canvas, held my attention for the longest time. The overall feel is quiet, yet there is so much activity, so much painted into every little square, so many wonderful colors created, that I couldn’t stop looking at it. It reminds me of specialty yarns that knitters and weavers use, where there are many colors and various type of fiber spun into one thread. I actually said out loud, “I want this painting.” (I can want, but I can’t get: it is part of the Thiebaud Family Collection, not to mention what it would cost.)

Gold City Lights Christmas Ornament with berry pink and emerald green accents.

Celebrate an Artist's Retrospective, Fabulous Vacation, or Special Event with a Cityscape Ornament

If you google Bay Area artist Wayne Thiebald and look at his work for the first time you might shrug. He started out as a graphic artist, so the subject matters of his paintings of food and commercial objects might seem staid. But the joy comes from the colors and textures he creates that are lost in translation to the screen, in particular on his landscapes and San Francisco cityscapes. He might use six different colors along the edge of a building or a cake which glow in person, but look flat on paper. This is a this retrospective you have to see. Then you will appreciate him for the master he is.

See more Unique Christmas Ornaments, Specialized Business Card Cases and Artistic Light Switch Wall Plates by visiting Kyle Design. You’ll find pretty gifts for knitters, special presents for 70 somethings, birthday cakes in all colors, and great city scenes for graphic arts or civic engineers.

Knitting Needles and Yarn Toggle Light Switch Wall Plate in silver, black and aqua.

Knitting Light Switch Wall Plate - The Perfect Finish Touch in a Fiber Artist's Studio

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