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With the 4Cabling Mechanisms Series, you can complete your set-up right down to the smallest detail. Our mechanisms are user-friendly and compatible with all of our wallplates.

What are light switch mechanisms?

A light switch mechanism fits into the gang on the light switch plate and allows for a host of different inserts to customise how lighting can be used inside your home, office and other spaces.

The light switch mechanism may be a mechanical push-button, light, toggle, rocker or even blank to power lights on or off. The electric switch mechanism is used to open and close the contacts in an electric circuit. A mechanical light switch can be used to power wall and ceiling lighting on and turn them off.

Why are there different switch mechanisms?

Electric switch mechanisms use the different ‘inserts’ for switches that can be used to replace the standard ones. The switch mechanism is the small physical unit, usually made of polycarbonate, with a voltage and current rating and may come in black or white that is put into the switch plate. For example, with a light switch mechanism that is a two-gang switch you can swap out one of the switches on the plate with another mechanism to add additional functionality.

The 4Cabling electric switch mechanisms range offers a wide variety of different mechanisms that suit many set-ups. Every switch mechanism is listed with the voltage and current rating to ensure it’s as easy as possible to check that it is compatible with Australian requirements. The physical dimensions are also listed to ensure the mechanism will fit into the gang position on the switch. At 4Cabling, there are press button mechanisms, neon indicator ones and blank ones.

Different types of switch mechanisms

When you would use a blank mechanism?

A blank mechanism is useful in situations where the plate has too many gangs for the situation and one needs to be covered up.

When you would use a press mechanism?

A press mechanism is marked with the term ‘Press’ to indicate how the mechanism needs to be engaged to turn the light switch on.

When you would use a neon indicator mechanism?

A neon indicator mechanism can be used in situations that require a clear, visual display to indicate whether the light is turned on or off. There can come in either red or green varieties and have a nylon based with polycarbonate indicator material.


If you have any questions about our Mechanisms, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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