What The Heck Does An 1890s Light Switch Look Like?
Cody just asked if I would be installing period-correct light switches in the 1894 Cross House.
I stared and stared at the question on my computer screen.
I have never given this an ounce of thought, and was planning to install modern switches (and electrical outlets). These would not confuse the historical narrative of the house and are safe. And available. And inexpensive.
However, my brain being, well, my brain, began wondering: What does a 1890s electrical switch look like?
And Google provided an instant answer.
One would think I would have asked this a long time ago.
Well, golly. I am all twitterpated now!
But…but…are 1890s period-correct switches safe? I am sure they are not grounded. They also no not mate with modern electrical boxes, so back-plates would have to be made (kinda killing the effect). And they do not dim. I want dimmers. I dream about dimmers.
GEEK BIT: The toggle switch, common today, was invented in 1917.
I had been planning to install these:
Well, this was the plan.
Has Cody now thrown a wrench in such plans?
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