If you’re looking for an easy weekend project, try updating a light switch! We are gradually replacing our old switches with new and modern LeGrand adorne “sofTap” light switches. I swear, once you give one a try, you’ll see how addictive and satisfying the “click” feels when you touch it. This is NOT a sponsored post, just my very honest opinion of LeGrand adorne light switches. Grab a screwdriver and let’s dive in!
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LeGrand Light Switches
Wyatt opened my eyes to the world of new and exciting light switches and outlets when we remodeled our first home. We checked out the LeGrand display at Lowes and tried out the different types of switches and dimmers. They also offer a range of modern outlets, nightlight features, hands-free sensors, and wi-fi control options.
We picked a few items to try at our first house and installed a couple of switch and outlet combos in the kitchen. I fell in love with the simple touch switch and wanted to change out more of the light switches, but we actually ran out of time before selling the house. The upside is that we held on to the switches we bought for that project and now have plenty for our current house.
One important note: some LeGrand adorne products are expensive, compared to regular old switches or outlets, but not all. Their basic paddle switch is is about $5 and the sofTap switch starts at $45 on the LeGrand
website. However, I think it’s a worthwhile investment to nicely update one featured room in the house, like a kitchen. If you’re planning to sell your house, these upgrades would be stylish and memorable details for potential buyers.
How to Change a Light Switch
OK, the process of changing a light switch (or outlet) is really simple. This video explains the entire process and I highly recommend watching it. You can definitely DIY this project, but please be careful when you’re dealing with electric work – BE SURE to turn off the breaker that supplies power to your switch FIRST. After that, you honestly only need a screwdriver to remove the old cover plate, and a pair of wirecutters will come in handy. You’ll use the wirecutters to snip off old wire, and they’ll help you strip the new outlet or light switch wires to the right length.
Another handy tool for this project is a voltage tester, which you can use to check whether wires are live or dead (turned on or off). You can buy one like this, which plugs into an outlet, but we prefer this type, shaped like a pen, which you can use for many different locations. You just touch it to a wire or hold it along the side of an outlet (with cover removed) and it will beep if the power is still live. Below is a photo of it working, without even removing the light switch cover. It will beep and light up red if the power is on. It’s a nice way to double-check that you flipped the correct breaker, but it’s not a requirement for this project.
After you watch the tutorial video, you’ll see that this really is a pretty simple project. Don’t forget to CUT THE POWER to the switch location, then remove the old switch by disconnecting the wires, connect wires for the new switch (take your time and follow the directions), pop it into place, and reattach the cover. Done! If you need help, I’ve found a lot of tips in the product reviews on Amazon, or in YouTube videos.
Now the Hard Part – Deciding Which to Try
I have no trouble narrowing down the LeGrand light switch options; I’m a little addicted to the “click” sound that the sofTap square button makes when you touch it. I would love to try the dimmer for my bedroom and dining room lights, and I’m also dying to try one of the sensor lights. A hands-free light switch would be so nice in the kitchen! I also love the modern design of these outlets, which we installed but never actually used in our first house (we’d already moved out). I will keep you posted if we install one here. Also, I just discovered this pop-out style – it looks so sleek! Our kitchen renovation is limping along but there are plenty of spots to upgrade the light switch and outlet options. Can’t wait! Here are some great options, if you’re interested:
I found these LeGrand products at Lowes, where you can check out the display. It looks like the products are also available on Home Depot’s website, but perhaps not in all stores. Maybe that will be different in your area. They are also on Amazon, of course. In any case, they should be easy enough to pick up in a store or order online, if you’re interested.
Have you tried one of these LeGrand items, or another a modern light switch? What do you think?
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