Adapter for standard electrical wall fixtures

Electricity: circuit makers and breakers – Electric switch details – Cases and bases


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200297, 200293, 220 35, H01H 902, H02G 308




An adapter for an electrical wall fixture such as a wall light switch having a toggle or other actuator, the adapter serving to protrude the switch outside of the wall outlet box in which it is nested to the extent necessary to project the toggle through an opening in a fabric covering spaced from the wall. The standard switch includes a pair of mounting wings each having a slot therein to receive a primary screw for attaching the wing to the outlet box and a secondary screw which normally serves to hold a standard face plate over the switch to cover the outlet box. The adapter is constituted by a cover plate which overlies the outlet box and is provided with spacer elements to place the surface of the plate against the rear of the fabric covering. The cover plate has an opening to accommodate the toggle, a pair of slots which register with the wing slots and a pair of holes which register with the wing holes, whereby the switch may be secured to the rear of the cover plate by the secondary screws and the assembly of the cover plate and switch secured to the outlet box by the primary screws. The fabric covering is sandwiched between the cover plate and a transparent face plate attached thereto, the face plate having an opening therein which registers with an opening in the fabric covering to permit the toggle to project therethrough.

patent: 1938309 (1933-12-01), Williams
patent: 2002491 (1935-05-01), Despard
patent: 2183892 (1939-12-01), Pitsch
patent: 2889437 (1959-06-01), Christensen
patent: 4009797 (1977-03-01), Lee


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