The World's Most Beautiful Light Switches, by Way of France by

Issue 75 · Travels with an Editor: Paris · June 6, 2013

The World's Most Beautiful Light Switches, by Way of France

Issue 75 · Travels with an Editor: Paris · June 6, 2013

French company Meljac was founded by Andre Bousquet, an engineer by trade who noticed that electrical equipment was lacking in the aesthetics department. His solution? A line of of sockets, switches, and other fittings featuring refined finishes and quality craftsmanship. Now, his products have finally ventured across the pond: Meljac's first foray into the US market is focused on low-voltage lighting systems—not meant for replacing a switch or two, but intended for a full lighting system upgrade. The cost is comparable to Lutron or Creston low voltage hardware but with finishes that no other line offers. 

Meljac hardware is available to the trade from LVLighting. (Note that Meljac sockets are UL approved, but their switches are not.)

Meljac Switch, Remodelista

Above: Meljac's designs are inspired by industrial 1930s France (note the drop-shaped toggle switch). 

Meljac Round Low Voltage Light Switch, Remodelista

Above: Meljac hardware is made in France of high quality brass. Switches are available in 16 finishes and eight styles, including the Round Plate 2 Two-Way Switch, shown here in brushed nickel. Contact LVLighting for pricing and ordering information.

Meljac Canon Gray Switch, Remodelista

Above: The Eclipse Collection Plate 1 Two-Way Switch, shown in rifle gun slate. 

Meljac Light Switches, Remodelista

Above L: The Oval 1 Two-Way Switch in brushed nickel. Above R: The Limoges Collection Porcelain Plate 1 Switch in white porcelain with a chrome toggle. 

Meljac Dimmer Switch, Remodelista

Above: Meljac offers a range of controls for lighting as well as temperature and sound. Here, the simple Plate 1 Dimmer Switch

Meljac Floor Outlet, Remodelista

Above: Reminiscent of nautical hardware, the Round Plate 1 Ground Socket has a water resistant cover. UL-approved for US line voltage, Meljec sockets will fit in a US outlet box.

Meljac Outlet with cover, Remodelista

Above: The Plate 1 Socket with Cover is made of thick brass. Shown in a blasted nickel finish, the plate is also available in a screwless option for an even cleaner look.

Meljac Door Bells, Remodelista

Above: Meljac's first products were switches and sockets, but their range soon expanded to other tools like thermostats and doorbells. We like the Aluminum Macaroon Doorbell, shown here.

Not upgrading your electrical system anytime soon? Consider replacing your Switch Plate Covers for a small change with a big impact.



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