Look into the lives of 1,000 people and you’ll get just as many unique stories. The same goes for their homes – each has its own unique story to tell. Just as with every renowned work of art ever produced, everyone’s own home is composed from an infinite variety of parts, and each part ranges from the largest pieces of furniture to the smallest architectural details – such as the humble light switch.
When Schneider Electric posed the question of what modern electrical switches should look like, the indisputable leader of energy control and management in over 100 countries received an overwhelming barrage of responses. Judges were inundated with 1,074 individual entries conceived by amateur and professional designers alike, in response to the recent “World’s Smallest Masterpiece” contest which concluded on the exhibition floor of Archidex 2018 this July. If the unenviable task of judging this contest could be taken as any indication, there could be at least as many people with their own ideal choice of design to decorate their homes.
Schneider Electric has been shaping the look and function of light switches since the beginning of the 20th century. Having defined the smallest details of homes with the ubiquitous Feller switch – alongside other iconic designers who still inform the shapes of our homes and furniture – it is then only fitting that Schneider Electric would be providing today’s designers and homeowners with another canvas of creative expression in the AvatarOn series of electrical switches.
The AvatarOn series of electrical switches presents a truly infinite range of replaceable faceplates in a marriage between leading-edge technology and practical aesthetics. To afford homeowners with the ability to customise the AvatarOn switch covers, Schneider Electric provides four classically fashionable finishes in white, soft wood, dark wood, and gold hairline.
The possibilities for creative expression with the AvatarOn extend beyond the designs offered by Schneider Electric, as their partnership with Photobook Malaysia opens the door for personal photographs to be turned into interchangeable switch façades. With Photobook, you can add stickers, icons, or text to photographs and have your personalised designs mailed to you in the form of adhesive prints, sized to fit the AvatarOn switch covers for your convenience.
In addition to the limitless range of possible aesthetic options, the AvatarOn series includes designs that incorporate multifunctional accessories (such as key holders, mobile phone holders, and USB charging sockets) to meet the demands of busy lifestyles.
Schneider Electric has combined patented technology, exquisite workmanship, and everything learned over the course of a century, to arrive at a sophisticated design that remains safe to operate and effortless to replace without tools.
Based on the standard Type 86 switch boxes that appear in every home with electrical wiring, the AvatarOn switch covers feature Schneider Electric’s proprietary blend of leading-edge technology – known as “SS” (“Slim Rocker, Sure Click”) – to provide fine swinging motions and near-zero contact jitter, while ensuring definitive visual and tactile feedback with every operation.
The “Slim Rocker” aspect of AvatarOn’s design is the result of decades of design refinement, resulting in an elegant swinging rocker plate that pushes previously defined limits of switching angles by being only half the size of conventional switch rockers.
The proprietary considerations that go into the “Sure Click” aspect of AvatarOn’s design entail low tolerances between the actuator parts, ensuring the reliable closing of circuits with near-zero contact jitter and without any flickering of lights.
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Article by Kevin Eichenberger