Colona Nigra Surface Mounted Switch
Katy Paty black surface-mounted light switch

Colona Nigra Surface Mounted Switch

From £78.00

As seen on George Clarke’s “Old House New Home 2021”.

Katy Paty, a small team of light switch makers in Bohemia, have perfected a special process of dyeing porcelain in amazing colours. The Nigra range is the deep black version of these unusual pieces.

Now their stunning switches and sockets are also available in a surface-mounted version – meaning that home owners with exposed wiring can accessorise their interiors with stylish light switches too!

Match with Katy Paty’s porcelain wall clips and braided cabling

Click on the “What you need to know” link for essential product details, dimensions, fitting info and more.

Does Swtch sell UK sockets in this style?
Yes, this product range includes UK sockets. Check the "Complete the look" section below.

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What you need to know

What’s in the box?

You will receive a modular socket set, consisting of a socket insert, porcelain casing and centre plate with fixing screws, and a plastic internal wall mount.

(Click image to enlarge. Pictures for illustration only. Number of gangs and/or finishes might vary)

What does an electrician call this?

This is a 1-gang 2-way 10AX switch, or 2-gang 2-way 10AX switch, or a 1-gang intermediate 10AX switch

Where is this used in the home?

A 1-gang 2-way switch is commonly used for controlling a single light source from one or two places. A 1-gang intermediate is used as the middle switch of three, controlling a single light source (for example in a hallway). A 2-gang switch is used for controlling two light sources from one or two places.



Attach the inner plastic wall mount to the wall first. There are knockout perforations for wiring and screwholes in the mount. Wire up the switch mechanism and screw the insert securely onto the mount. Put the porcelain casing over the plastic wall mount, place the front plate on top and align with the two front screw holes. Finally, fasten the assembly with the front screws. MAKE SURE NOT TO OVERTIGHTEN THE SCREWS – this can break the front plate and/or “lock up” the mechanism.


Please refer to our Installation section for more installation advice, manuals and helpful videos.



Does this cover a standard british back box?
Surface-mounted, so no back box required.

How deep does the back box need to be?
No back box required.

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The detail

The form of this switch is circles within circles, undulating rounds of carefully sculptured porcelain create spiralled surfaces for light to dance on – these switches sparkle. The steel screws on the face of the switch are perfectly placed to create symmetry and framing for the rocker, which adds to the classic feel. The porcelain is glossy (although a matt range is coming soon), homely and tactile, and the switch mechanism delivers a satisfying ‘chink’ as you press the rocker to illuminate your room.

Katy Paty’s switches are hand-made artisan products, so you might find slight imperfections and colour variations. But that just adds to the quirky luxury of having these pieces on your walls.

Katy Paty Colona Nigra Surface Mounted Switch from Swtch

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