At Sparks, we are proud to distribute the amazing Forbes and Lomax dolly switches for the best prices in the market, and in this article, we are introducing ten such items. A picture is worth one thousand words - simply feast your eyes on these lovely pictures, both in situ and in a stylish design, taken by and for the manufacturer in different installations. You don't know what you're missing until you see what these dolly switches look like. You will definitely be inspired when you see the way the toggles pop out in colour on an invisible plate or how they blend into the decor when they are on a metal plate. About the Forbes and Lomax Dolly SwitchesForbes and Lomax were established in 1987. They approach the electrical accessory market in the UK with an aesthetic point of view. In the 1930s there were these elegant glass, nickel, and brass dolly switches used by the upper-class people in their prestigious manor houses and castles. So Forbes and Lomax made such items available to the general population with the launching of the Invisible Lightswitch, the toggle switch on a transparent acrylic plate. Underneath the plate, there's a wallpaper cut that can be painted to match the design and decor of the wall. And over time, they brought in other great finishes such as unlacquered brass, brushed brass, aged brass, antique bronze, Verdigris, nickel silver, stainless steel, and painted plate. The amazing Forbes and Lomax dolly switches can be in 2-way, intermediate and double pole versions. There are also retractive dolly switches to be used as dimmer controllers when connected to a dimmer pack or dimming system. Also, there are the 2-way-and-off toggle switches, which can be used to operate blinds. The amazing Forbes and Lomax dolly switches can be mixed and matched with the Button Dimmer Controllers on the same plate. 10 Pictures of the Amazing Forbes and Lomax Dolly SwitchesAnd now, without further ado, here are the ten pictures of the amazing Forbes and Lomax dolly switches that you all have been waiting for, with their description and where you can purchase them. 1. Forbes and Lomax 1 Gang Dolly Switch - Invisible Plate, Brass Toggle SwitchThis is a single dolly switch on a single plate - an "invisible" acrylic plate with a brass toggle switch on a single-size plate. You can purchase it online here.2. Forbes and Lomax 3 Gang Dolly Switch - Invisible Plate with 3 Antique Bronze Toggle SwitchesThis is a triple dolly switch by Forbes & Lomax - an "invisible" acrylic plate with three antique bronze toggle switches, on a double size plate. It can be purchased on our website here.3. Forbes and Lomax 2 Gang Dolly Switch - Brushed Brass Plate with Brushed Brass TogglesThis is a twin dolly switch on a single-size plate - brushed brass plate and toggles for wall mounting. See it here with the price and details.4. Forbes and Lomax 2 Gang Dolly Switch in Situ - Stainless Steel Plate with Stainless Steel TogglesThis is the twin dolly switch by Forbes & Lomax in stainless steel - the plate and the toggles are in the same finish, in situ, on a single-size plate. You can purchase it online here.5. Forbes and Lomax 5 Gang Dolly Switch - Invisible large Plate with Brass TogglesThis is a five-gang dolly switch on a large plate, the plate is transparent ("invisible") and the toggles are in brass. See it with the price and details.6. Forbes and Lomax 2 Gang Dolly Switch - Stainless Steel Plate with Stainless Steel TogglesThis is the twin dolly switch from Forbes & Lomax on a single-size plate - the plate is stainless steel and the toggles match it. Here's where you can find it.7. Forbes and Lomax 1 Gang Dolly Switch - Invisible Plate with Brass ToggleThis is the single dolly switch from Forbes and Lomax on an invisible plate (transparent acrylic plate) with a single brass toggle switch, for wall mounting. It can be purchased online here.8. Forbes and Lomax 1 Gang Dolly Switch - Brushed Brass Plate and Brass ToggleThis is the single dolly switch by Forbes & Lomax on a single-size brushed brass plate with a brass toggle. You can find it online here for the best price. 9. Forbes and Lomax 1 Gang Dolly Switch - Invisible Plate and Stainless Steel ToggleThis is the single dolly switch from Forbes & Lomax; the stainless steel toggle protrudes on a single-size "invisible" plate for wall mounting. Get it online here.10. Forbes and Lomax 4 Gang Dolly Switch - Invisible Plate with Nickel Silver TogglesThis is the four-gang dolly switch by Forbes & Lomax coming with an invisible plate (double size) with four nickel silver toggles. You can purchase it here.The amazing Forbes and Lomax dolly switches come in different finishes such as invisible plate, unlacquered brass, antique bronze, nickel silver, stainless steel, verdigris, aged brass,brushed brass. View all these ranges on our website here. Enjoy more pictures of the Forbes and Lomax items on our website via, From Invisible Lightswitch to Painted Sockets: Forbes and Lomax in Pictures.
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Most switches, sockets, dimmers, and other wiring devices come with a solid plate, which can be either white plastic or metal, and in metal you can have a wide range from screwless to flat plate, raised plate, and stepped plate, plus the low profile. The point is that, when you look at the wall, you can clearly see where the switch is, and the socket is clearly visible sitting on the wall - where you expect them to be. However, there is another range of switches and sockets on our website, which Forbes and Lomax calls "invisible lightswitch" and Hamilton Litestat calls "Clear Plastic Plate" (part of the Perception CFX range - no longer available at Sparks). These are made of plastic, but they are transparent, allowing you to showcase the wallpaper or wall design through the plate. Are the Invisible Plates from Forbes and Lomax really Transparent? The invisible lightswitch range from Forbes and Lomax was inspired by the glass switches in the 1930s and include the advantages of the modern technology. Each plate is a bevelled transparent acrylic plate, which are secured to the device without any fixing screws. The plates sit flush to the wall, and there's a wide range of switches, sockets, dimmers, and button dimmers in finishes like brass, nickel silver, stainless steel, white plastic, and antique bronze. With each device there's a 0.5mm underplate which can be either painted (in the desired finish to match the wall design) or used as a template (where the wallpaper is used). Forbes and Lomax offer a wide range of dolly switches, rotary dimmers, home automation and dimming control, button dimmers, rocker switches, sockets, combination range, european sockets, and USB charger sockets in the "invisible" plate. Enjoy some of the most popular Forbes & Lomax invisible plate switches and sockets below. Is the Hamilton Perception CFX Clear Plate Range really Transparent? The Hamilton Perception CFX range of concealed fixing switches and sockets (no visible screws on the plate) are cleverly designed to insert your own wallpaper (or, alternatively, the supplied template which can be painted as needed) in order to discreetly blend the wiring device into the decor of the room. These plates are clear - transparent - and are "snap-on", with no visible screws, to accommodate your own choice of wall covering. How does it work? In the pack you will get a cutting template, which can be painted or overlaid with the wallpaper, and on top of it you can snap the plate. In four simple steps, here's how it works: Step 1. Having applied the desired wall covering and cut away from the wall box aperture, insert and fix the accessory using the two screws supplied. Step 2. Using a spare piece of wall covering that matches the pattern exactly, carefully cut out the shape of the front plate using the template supplied. Step 3. Place the cut out piece of wallpaper into the back of the clear front plate. Step 4. Position and snap the front plate onto the accessory back plate using the integral clips to conceal the accessory and fixing screws. Browse through some popular Hamilton Litestat Perception CFX clear plate wiring accessories. So this is how it is with these invisible plate / clear plate / transparent plate switches and sockets. What is your experience like when installing these: are they as versatile as they are introduced? Do you have any picture of how these were installed or how they look when fitted?
The switches and sockets in our home or at the office have to match the general decor of the room; this is why there are so many finishes and types of plates out there. We at Sparks have a wide range of flat plates, stepped plates, low profile plates, raised plates, and plastic plates, all of which come with different inserts and rockers. One particular type of plate, however, stands out from among the rest: the "invisible plate", that is, the transparent plastic plate. This kind of plate allows you to keep the wallpaper or the design of the wall intact while at the same time having a switch, socket, or dimmer installed on it. There are a few manufacturers that do this kind of plate, such as Forbes and Lomax (the "invisible light switch"), Varilight, and Hamilton Litestat (with their Perception range). The "Invisible Lightswitch" from Forbes and Lomax Inspired by the 1930s glass switches and sockets but with all the advantages of the modern technology and finishing, the invisible plate (transparent perspex) from Forbes and Lomax is wide and provides many types of switches, dimmers, sockets, dolly switches, button dimmers, and euro plates. The switches and dimmers have 3mm beveled transparent acrylic plates which are secured without the use of fixing screws, and the plates are flush to the wall, being supplied with brass, nickel silver, stainless steel, or antique bronze toggle switches, dimmer knobs, or buttons. The 0.5mm "inner plates" of primed aluminium sit behind the invisible plates which can be decorated in the same way as the walls, giving the illusion that the wallpaper (or paint) finish runs seamlessly behind the switch plate. You can find the full range via Forbes and Lomax section on our website, read more about it here, and enjoy a selection of such plates below. The Hamilton Perception CFX Clear Switches and Sockets The Hamilton Perception CFX range of concealed fixing switches and sockets come with snap-on clear front plates and are cleverly designed to allow you to insert your wallpaper or paint the supplied template, thereby blending discreetly into the interior decor. This range accommodates your own choice of wall covering, and a cutting template is supplied with each electrical accessory. The Perception CFX range from Hamilton comes with metal or plastic rocker switches on transparent plates, and offers you a wide range of toggle switches (bright chrome, satin chrome, polished brass, satin brass, antique bronze, and black nickel).Read more about this range here, and enjoy a collection of pictures of how the Perception CFX transparent range looks like.
Forbes and Lomax is world renown for the beautiful design of their wiring devices and for the "invention of the invisible lightswitch". They specialize in high quality flat plates switches, sockets, dolly switches, rotary dimmers, button dimmers, and all kinds of combination range wiring accessories. What not many people know though is that Forbes & Lomax manufactures also European Sockets! European Sockets from Forbes & Lomax The European sockets from Forbes and Lomax are available also in all finishes: invisible plate, stainless steel, antique bronze, painted white, unlacquered brass, and nickel silver. As with all the other Forbes & Lomax sockets, they sit flush to the wall and come with white or black inserts. All the devices in the European sockets range must be installed into British Standard wall boxes which must be recessed into the wall by 6mm. If you want to keep the color of the wall, you can use the painted sockets - for painted walls it is recommended to use the Painted Socket range, which are totally flush to the wall and come etch-primed ready for painting. Below we are introducing some of the most popular Forbes and Lomax European sockets. Forbes and Lomax Invisible Single 16amp French Socket with White Insert Forbes & Lomax Stainless Steel 16amp French Socket with White Insert Forbes and Lomax Antique Bronze Single 16amp French Socket with Black Insert Forbes & Lomax Painted Double 16amp German Schuko Socket with White Insert Forbes and Lomax Unlacquered Brass Single 16amp German Schuko Socket with White Insert Forbes & Lomax Nickel Silver 16amp German Schuko Socket with White Insert Please not that it is essential to use British standard wall boxes (35mm) when installing Forbes & Lomax European sockets. These are available in white plastic for use in Europe. All these sockets are available on special order via Sparks Electrical Wholesalers (write an email to us for more details). You can view some of these sockets via the articles introducing the main Forbes and Lomax ranges: invisible, nickel silver, antique bronze, unlacquered brass, stainless steel, and European sockets.
Last year we were introducing and explaining how the grid modules work - with face plates and modules - and ever since, the Grid Modules have become increasingly popular. People still place large orders for switches and sockets, but the flexibility offered by the Grid Plates and Modules is being increasingly appreciated. Why Grid Modules and Grid Plates? If you take a look at the Switches and Sockets section on our website, whether it is the white plastic or the metal plate sections, you will see a wide range of "set wiring devices". Single, double, or triple switches / dimmers, single or double sockets, spurs, cooker switches, single or double data sockets, dolly switches, etc. But what if you need a data socket and an audio socket on the same plate? What if you need a data socket, a telephone socket, and a TV/Satellite socket set on the same plate? You could say that they can be ordered specially for you, but you can also simply choose the single or double Grid Plate / Euro Plate, and then select the modules that you need. Utmost flexibility for your wiring devices. Do They Match the Finish of the Regular Wiring Devices? As you can notice on our website at the Grid Plates and Modules section, there are many finishes available for this type of wiring devices. Not all of them are out yet, but Heritage Brass and Forbes and Lomax are also working on a very flexible system in which you select the type of plate, the finish, and then the modules you need. So, to answer the question above, not all the finishes are available for the Grid Plates, but they are coming out soon! What about the Price? The price for the grid plates / Euro plates and modules are either similar or less than the regular "set wiring devices". Besides the flexibility offered by these devices, you have the price on your side also. One more plus would be that the manufacturer doesn't matter: the Grid Plate and Module standard is the same everywhere, the only thing that differentiates them is the type of plate, the finish, and the profile. Just imagine: you can set up from 1 to 16 different modules on the same face plate!