Usually most “plastic” light switch covers are made out of bakelite, which is one of the oldest synthetic resin invented, which is non-conductive and heat resistant.
I googled bakelite MSDS and found:
" 10. Stability and Reactivity
Stability: Stable under ordinary conditions of use and storage.
Hazardous Decomposition Products: May produce carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrogen chloride when heated to decomposition."
The key word being “May”. Hydrogen chloride is a gas form of hydrochloric acid.
I beg to differ. Bakelite is a thermoset resin, and I supply Hexamethylenetetramine as an accelerator to a manufacturer of Bakelite that makes thousands of household electrical products, light switch covers among them. It might be the oldest synthetic resin invented by modern chemistry, but it is cheap and reliable and still is used even though the field of specialized synthetic resins has grown incredibly in the last decades.
You are not the only one @clyde, with all the fake news floating around, I now don´t take anything for granted and double check and research. The internet is a wealth of resources, but with so much offerings, one must learn to select sources. Not always the sites with most hits are the most accurate. Just my 2 cents.
It’s really great to see all the variations of switch plate covers. Just be aware that they do not meet building codes in many many states, unless they have metal backing plates, due to fire potential. If your house catches fire because of the installation you may not be eligible for insurance.
This is really confusing because I had been recently been talking to a couple of other people about this and [reading about it here] and metal switchplates would conduct electricity, so that is not recommended.
“Metal switches and outlets to coordinate with popular metal switchplates is a common request. However, electrical devices are not manufactured in metal finishes. This would be a major safety hazard as metal devices would conduct electricity. Instead, we recommend you select plastic devices in the color that best matches the switchplates you intend to use.”
@cynd11 Mahalo for this design. We repainted the house, and there was this one outlet cover that didn’t quite cover the drywall hole, so I made it a smidge wider and was able to get it covered quickly.
OMG don’t make me want to get a CNC…we don’t have any more room at this house…but I LOVE the movie themed light switch on your website! We’re big into movies and our next house* we plan on a dedicated movie room. You have some wonderfully awesome designs!
this house is owned by oldest son & we took over the family room for a 2 Glowforge laser room…so not pushing my luck any further for a dedicated movie room…although I have been collecting movie themed popcorn vessels.