It’s time for a beautiful switch. Their words, not mine, but one might say that they basically took the words right out of my mouth. Over the next few months, I’m partnering with Legrand to showcase its adorne line of outlets and switches as part of a big–and very necessary–electrical system overhaul in our new home.
In my last house, the electrical outlets and wall plates were among the first things that I swapped out when I moved in. They had been painted carelessly or discolored with age, and in many cases the wall plates were dented, cracked, or mismatched, so updating and unifying them made a big difference.
Our new home’s electrical system presents in the same way, with 2-prong outlets that are original to the 1950′s house and wall plates that tell an elaborate story about how the previous owners changed the paint colors over the years (lots of cranberry, lots of Pepto pink). Knowing the impact of new outlets and switches, I’ve been eager to update each room in this house, because new outlets installed over a fresh coat of paint is like icing on the cake. Much like how we replaced old switches for modern push button phenoms and added custom switch plates, these upgrades go a long way in making this home look refreshed and modern; adorne products by Legrand are so slick. (Side note: Two months in and I really, really still like those push button switches and wall plates. They look great, operate really nicely, and I really love the locator status lights that illuminate the switches at night.)
Backstory: The fact that the house is only fit with 2-prong units was concerning at first when we were looking to buy–we thought we would have to have the entire home rewired in order to have 3-prong outlets anywhere, even went as far to have the whole job priced out ($$$)–but after meeting with an electrician, we learned that we could actually get by with swapping select 2-prongs for GFCI outlets (stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interruptor and, in essence, monitors how the current flows, but that’s not everyday knowledge, I had to look it up). Tamper-resistant GFCIs cost a bit more than your everyday 3-prong switch, but cost much less than having to rewire the entire house. You might know GFCIs from your own kitchens and bathrooms where moisture and heavier appliances benefit from the added current moderation, but in our case, because the whole house isn’t grounded, the added protection in swapping in a GFCI instead of a traditional 3-prong outlet means that each outlet would be quick to trip itself if something were to go haywire.
The upgrades to the outlets so far extend through our dining room, living room, and hallway, which helps to unify the look consistently in the main living area. The mirror white switch plates are really slick in person, very high-gloss and substantial. And they look great with the new maple wood floors.
The review of the products featured is my own, and I’m not being compensated other than for accepting free product. If you’re in the market for new electrical features in your home–whether it be contemporary, cottagey, or traditional in design–check out the Legrand website for a full inspiration suite.