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I really need to replace my switches as I can’t find direct replacements anymore, and they are failing and looking very outdated. I like the idea of upgrading the system completely, but it’s not likely in my budget right now. Can I replace just the switches right now and then pursue the upgrade down the road?

To answer your question directly, the answer is yes. Touch‐Plate switches are compatible with an existing 3‐wire system by using two buttons to control ON and OFF. However, the 2‐wire switches were designed for momentary use, where just one button would control both functions. Pressing the button once would turn the light ON, another press would turn it OFF, and so on. The only problem with doing a full switch upgrade first and then pursuing the actual system later is that the extra buttons will no longer be needed when the system is updated. It’s just something to think about. There would be a lesser investment made in actual switches if the system upgrade occurred at the same time, as only one button would be required for each existing rocker switch. But again, it is not a huge problem. Keeping your switches in good condition will keep your system working for longer. If the upgrade is not an immediate step in the future, it would not be a bad idea to replace the switches now. However, if you plan to pursue the system upgrade in a year or two, it would be wise and cost‐effective to wait and do it all at once. Feel free to send us some pictures and information if you wish to see how our solution could fit within your budget.


Category: Existing 3‐Wire Systems

← I really need to replace my switches as I can’t find direct replacements anymore, and they are failing and looking very outdated. I like the idea of upgrading the system completely, but it’s not likely in my budget right now. Can I replace just the switches right now and then pursue the upgrade down the road?

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Touch-Plate Lighting Controls

1830 Wayne Trace
Fort Wayne, IN 46803

Phone: 260.426.1565
Fax: 260.426.1442