Our second switch system: Black and bakelite.
In the first decades of the last century covers made of porcelain and bakelite coexisted harmoniously for many years, and both switch colours, white porcelain and black bakelite, were equally popular. The synthetic resin bakelite was found to be an ideal material for electro-technical applications: its stability was unmatched and its temperature resistance and insulation were tremendous.
The material remained common in light switches and power outlets into the 1960’s, but then bakelite was replaced by cheaper synthetic materials. With the spread of thermoplastic as the new switch material, bakelite virtually disappeared from the scene. However, there is no comparison between bakelite and thermoplastic: Bakelite is much heavier and more pleasant to the eye and to the touch. This is due to its production. Instead of being produced using the injection-moulding procedure, bakelite is moulded directly from its raw form using the “matrix method”.
With the successful development of our porcelain switch system, we have set out to restore this harmonious coexistence. In close cooperation with our long-standing Westphalian partner in electro-technical switches for industrial use, we have brought the lost moulds and tools back into production and have found material manufacturers who are masters at processing bakelite - a skill which can no longer be taken for granted.
The result is the bakelite switch system: just like its porcelain counterpart, it is both functionally and aesthetically superior to other synthetic mouldings. Its functional superiority is due to its internal mechanics and it is aesthetically superior in three ways: to the eye, to the touch and to the ear (due to the pleasant “clicking” sound of the turn-switch).
Information about bakelite.
When Leo H. Baekeland registered the patent for the production of the first completely synthetic material in 1908, he was aware of the hardships faced by the electronic industry, which was in dire need of a substitute material for the expensive material shellac.
His bakelite, the first-ever thermosetting synthetic material, made it possible to manufacture items for daily use at relatively low cost using pressing moulds. The new material was quickly adopted for the production of many household products: starting with knobs and switches, then moving to radios, telephones and even typewriters.
Bakelite is a registered trademark of Hexion Specialty Chemicals AG.
for single and multiple use.
The switches and power outlets are delivered without external faceplates. Faceplates are available in single and multiple form. System and double faceplates are consistent with standard spacing and can be easily used with existing installations. All switches and power outlets of the bakelite switch system can be combined with these faceplates.
The switch systems fit in all standard concealed outlets.
Dimensions: Ø 115,7 x 8,2 cm
All Switch Systems are Certified in Germany