Esprit Lino-Ply Blue
A great companion to mid-century design and furniture, the materials of this range set it apart from any other switch we’ve seen. It has a smooth matt surface, a slightly raised profile and the well-proportioned modernist shape of Gira’s Esprit range.
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We’ve chosen our favourite combinations of finishes and colours for this range. The modular nature of these switches allows for extensive customisation though, so get in touch if you have a different combo in mind!
Gira has a huge range of wiring products, functions and devices that can be combined with these frames. Contact us for information on other options if you can’t find what you’re looking for.
Does Swtch sell UK sockets in this style?
Yes, this product range includes UK sockets. Check the "Complete the look" section below.
What’s in the box?
You will receive a modular rocker switch set, consisting of a switch insert, a rocker cover (or a set of them if you have chosen a 2-gang or 3-gang switch) and a 1-gang frame. (Set includes a bracket to connect frame and insert)
What does an electrician call this?
This is a 1-gang 2-way 10AX, 2-gang 2-way 10AX, 1-gang intermediate 10AX or a 3-gang 1-way 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. A 3-gang switch is commonly used for controlling three light sources from one or two places.
Because of the modular nature of European wiring accessories, installation is slightly different to fitting the encapsulated (moulded) switches and sockets common in the UK. Have a look at the step-by-step pictures below, or consult the more detailed Gira rocker switch installation instructions.
(Click gallery to enlarge. Number of gangs and/or finishes might vary)
Please refer to our Installation section for more installation advice, manuals and helpful videos.
Does this cover a standard british back box?
Yes, this product covers standard square knockout and drywall boxes comfortably.
How deep does the back box need to be?
This needs a slightly deeper box, at least 35mm.
Esprit Linoleum-Plywood is the first switch range to unite two natural materials which complement each other perfectly. Both are sourced from renewable raw materials, are robust, have a variety of uses, and have always been popular among architects and designers. Frames in six attractive colours offer freedom for diverse combination options in interior design. The ideal choice for design concepts in which a clear form and natural materials are favoured.
The high-quality frames are distinguished by their meticulous material selection and precise workmanship. A special, sophisticated manufacturing process has been developed specifically for the Esprit Linoleum-Plywood range. The extremely robust yet very delicate frames are made in Germany, each step of the production subject to continuous quality control.
The Gira Esprit Linoleum-Plywood switch range is available in six colours. The colour palette encompasses two neutral grey shades (anthracite and light grey), two warm, earthy natural colours (light brown and dark brown), and two popular primary colours (red and blue).
This allows Gira Esprit Linoleum-Plywood to offer the suitable colour design solution for any interior design style and personal taste. The colours are coordinated to enable all the variants to be combined on the wall to create an individual interplay of colours.
clear form, natural materials
A modern interior decoration classic, birch plywood is preferably used in living and office areas where there is an emphasis on linear aesthetics and naturalness. Shelves, tables, and chairs – including a number of design classics – are made of this material. Gira Esprit Linoleum-Plywood is the first switch range to use this material. For the frames, birch plywood is used which is approximately 3.4 mm thick, five-layered cross-bonded, and therefore particularly strong. The layered structure of the outer edges provides an attractive contrast to the lustrous matt, coloured linoleum surfaces.
The birch for the frames originates from sustainably managed forests in Finland and is PEFC-certified. The long, hard Nordic winter only allows trees a short period of growth each year, resulting in very thin and uniform annual rings. This makes the wood especially homogenous and strong, which ultimately allows birch plywood to be produced that is delicate and yet robust enough to be used for a frame with a total thickness of just 9.9 mm.
In the recent past, the advantages of linoleum have been rediscovered by designers and architects alike. The English chemist Frederick Walton developed linoleum as early as 1860, and it consists of natural, renewable raw materials. In addition to its main component linseed oil, it is comprised of natural resin, wood flour, and calcium carbonate, as well as colour pigments.
The natural appearance, diverse design options, and durability of linoleum were appreciated by legendary architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius, and it has become a standard for high-quality flooring and table coverings. Gira Esprit Linoleum-Plywood is the first switch range to use this material. The untreated, slightly coarse surface of the frames makes using them an especially sensual experience, both in terms of appearance and feel.
Due to its unique material properties, linoleum is ideally suited for use as a frame surface. Linoleum is extremely durable and is characterised by its resistance to oils and grease. It has anti-static and slightly antibacterial properties, and it is also easy to clean. Therefore, the frames have a variety of uses and withstand particularly high demands.