Upgrading Light Switches and Outlets
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We inherited approximately 45 almond colored outlets and switches when we bought our home and the moment we painted the walls we knew that they had to be upgraded. Outlets and light switches are one of those things that make it to your to-do list but sit on it for a long time because who has time to swap them all out. Over time swapped out the almond colored outlets for their white equivalents but I was equally disappointed with those. While they weren’t an eyesore anymore, they lacked some safety features that I felt were necessary having a busy two-year-old at home. This week, with the help of Legrand, Matt swapped out light switches and outlets in two of our rooms, our living room, and master bedroom and it’s made a world of difference.
We selected items from the radiant collection®. The switches and wall plates have a nice modern look with no visible screws. Very clean looking.
Our old outlets in the living room had wall plates with screws that would randomly fall out. We were so happy to swap them out for screwless wall plates. I also appreciate how modern and sleek the design looks. The wall plate, outlets, and switches have a more matte finish which I prefer over the glossy traditional outlets. Matt swapped out all of the outlets in an afternoon. He said each one took 2-3 minutes and they were very simple to install.
Another feature worth mentioning here is that these outlets are Tamper-Resistant so we feel safe knowing that our curious kiddo wouldn’t be able to put a toy in the outlet.
In addition to the Tamper-Resistant outlets, we added an outlet that included a night light. This one is great night time. We no longer turn on the light on the way to the kitchen for a drink of water. It has five light settings and includes a sensor so it goes on automatically when the lights go out. I also love that the night light doesn’t take away from the two plugs in the outlet – they are still available for use.
The other outlets we are geeking out about are these with the USB ports built in. It gives more options to have items charging without disconnecting your lamp. On my nightstand, I usually have my lamp, essential oils diffuser, and my phone so with the previous outlet, I would unplug the lamp before bed to plug in my phone. Now, everything can stay safely plugged in without concern.
All of these outlets and switches are upgrades that you don’t realize are as useful and nice to have until you see them in action. I’d love to hear which of the options from the radiant collection® you’d be interested in installing your home. Let me know in the comments 🙂
What a little thing that made a huge difference! I never thought I’d think an outlet was beautiful, haha.
I felt the same way! Who knew outlets could be so pretty?! 🙂
Your home is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the ‘lived in” look as well. We all have that look too 🙂 I would love to ask where you got your master bath vanity or did you paint it that color? I’m looking for that color now. Also, what paint colors did you use in your living area. I’m wanting to find some neutrals. I’m going to get these outlets as well. I have two small grandchildren and they love to discover!!
Hi JoAnne – the vanity was the original, we just painted it Still Gray by Behr (same color we painted our kitchen cabs). Our living room is now Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore (we originally painted it Crisp Linen by Behr but that was too yellow for our space – we painted it Chantilly Lace about two years ago). Hope that’s helpful!!