Enerlites Wall plates provide covering for light switches, rotary dimmers, power outlet receptacles, in-wall motion sensors, humidity sensors, and timer switches. Enerlites manufactures wall plates that are of the highest quality. These wall plates come in different styles, sizes, colors, and material. This guide will help with understanding which wall plates are best suited for your home or business. For help with unfamiliar terms please refer to the glossary at the end of this article.
Wall Plate Sizes
Enerelites wall plates come in three main sizes which are standard size, midsize, and oversized.
Each size also has a sub category for the total gang fittings. These sub sizes are called 1-gang, 2-gang, 3-gang, 4-gang, and 5-Gang. The number for each represents the number of devices (in this case light switches) the wall plate will cover. Other names for the gang types are single gang, and multi-gang.
Standard size wall plates – The dimensions for these measures 4.50” height x 2.76” length x .22” depth. The standard size label applies to wall outlets or light switches for older homes (pre-2000). Newer homes sometimes use midsize wall plates. This causes some sizing confusion when retrofitting in homes because it is assumed that the midsize plates are standard.
Midsize wall plates – The dimensions for these measures 4.88” height x 3.11” length x .22” depth. Midsize wall plates are used in newer homes (2000 and after). They are also used to cover damage around the outlet hole that occurred when retrofitting a standard size wall plate.
Oversized wall plates – The dimensions for these measures 5.51” height x 3.50” length x .22” depth. Oversized wall plates are used when the covering area of a midsize wall plate is not sufficient. They can be used in older or newer homes, but typically are not seen unless an outlet was retrofitted.
Wall Plate Colors
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There are four color options available for wall plates by Enerlites. These colors are white, black, light almond, and ivory. Each color option is made to match perfectly with the respective Enerlites power outlet receptacles, light switches, motion sensors, timer switches, and other lighting devices. All wall plate colors feature a smooth gloss finish that adds a touch of elegance to their appearance.
White wall plates by Enerlites are a “pure white” color. This means that there is no shading of the color as you would find in off-white variations; however, lighting of a room can cause a pure white to be perceived as off-white.
Light almond wall plates by Enerlites are an off-white color that is best described as beige. They are significantly lighter than ivory color wall plates.
Ivory wall plates by Enerlites are a tan color. The color name is sometimes mistaken as being “ivory white” which is not the correct color association to these types of wall plates.
Black wall plates by Enerlties are solid in darkness of color. They do not have any hints of gray like alternate black colors such as charcoal or smoke.
Wall Plate Material
Enerlites wall plates are made of (virtually) unbreakable polycarbonate material. Polycarbonates are a group of thermoplastic polymers containing carbonate groups in their chemical structures. Because of their strength, polycarbonates are used in the engineering of touch materials. Products made of polycarbonate can contain the precursor monomer bisphenol A (BPA).
Enerlites uses this material in their wall plates because it is durable and flexible. This gives each wall plate optimum resilience against hard impacts. Wall plates made of nylon, ceramic, or wood are prone to cracking when being installed. They also break easily when dropped.
In addition to superior construction, Enerlites wall plates are also heat and fade resistant.
Wall Plate Styles
Enerlites wall plates are made to support various home power and lighting module devices. These are the five main styles for each type:
Duplex Outlet Wall Plate – This wall plate is used to cover Type-A and Type-B power outlets.
Toggle Switch Wall Plate – This wall plate is used to cover light switches that use a “flip” style module. It also works with most rotary dimmer modules.
Decorator Switch Wall Plate – This wall plate is used to cover module devices with a rectangular shape. Common devices are rocker light switches, in-wall motion sensors, timer switches, and humidity sensors.
Blank Device Wall Plate – This wall plate is used to cover holes in the wall where a module device such as a power outlet, or light switch was previously installed.
Combination Switch Wall Plate – This wall plate covers two or more module devices that have different functions.
Blank Device – This refers to a wall plate that is meant to cover an opening in the wall where an outlet, light switch, or other type of module was previously installed.
Combination Switch – This refers to module configurations that use two (or more) different types of devices. The following are examples of module combinations:
- Toggle Switch/ Duplex Outlet
- Decorator Switch / Duplex Outlet
- Decorator Switch / Toggle Switch
- Blank Device / Duplex Outlet
- Blank Device / Toggle Switch
- Blank Device / Decorator Switch
Decorator Switch – Module devices that have a rectangular shape, also called a rocker switch, and paddle switch.
Duplex Outlet – Module configurations that have two power outlets. These are more commonly known as sockets.
Gang – The number of modules in a configuration. For example, a 1-gang wall plate will cover one module device.
Humidity Sensor – Detects moisture in the air and then activates a ventilation fan based on the level detected.
In-Wall Motion Sensor – A module device that uses PIR or ultrasonic technology to detect movement in a designated area.
Midsize (wall plate) – Wall plates with measurements of 4.88” height x 3.11” length or greater, but are smaller than 5.51” x 3.50”.
Oversized size (wall plate) – Wall plates with measurements of 5.51” Height x 3.50” or greater.
Polycarbonate – A group of thermoplastic polymers containing carbonate groups in their chemical structures.
Receptacle – Any module where a power connection can be inserted.
Retrofitting – Replacing a wall plate with one of the same or similar style, size, or color
Rotary Dimmer – A lighting module device that uses a turntable knob to control lighting in a room.
Standard Size (wall plate) – Wall plates with the measurements of 4.5” height x 2.76” length.
Toggle Switch – Module devices that have a “flip” style switch that is used to turn lights on or off.
Timer Switch – Module devices that can be set or programmed to turn lights on or off in a specific amount of time.