The new Gira E3 switch range merges gently curved contours and soft satin finishes in nine pastel shades. It offers up a mass of options by combining anthracite or pure white rockers with a great selection of understated neutral colours. These is the light beige colour variation of the range – the cream-like Sand finish is almost off-white in appearance.
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 2-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.
We see the E3 Soft Touch as a personable go-to switch. It is a pleasingly symmetrical piece that’s the decorative big sister of the more basic incarnation – white, sharp-edged, gloss – found alone or stacked on walls in Scandinavian homes to operate much-needed overhead and tasked lighting during the long, dark winters.
But in UK homes, its size and shape alone will stand to make a difference, making its multiple colour options, soft corners and subtle matt look and feel a bonus.
With its E3 switch range, Gira delivers a whole new design language and a unique palette that subtly radiates harmony and relaxation.
In collaboration with the NCS colour system, a collection of warm greys and soft browns has been developed specifically for this line. Combined with its gentle contours and tactile satin surfaces, the brand has successfully given modern building technology a warm, contemporary look.
The eight neutral shades are combined with a side and rocker accent of either white or anthracite – even more opportunities for the designer to adapt the E3 switch to the interior colour scheme.
a usable switch that softly speaks volumes
In developing the E3 range, the team at Gira placed as much emphasis on high-tech engineering as on the look and feel of the surfaces. Its modular concept is what makes this switch both a pleasure to touch and a reliable electrical component in your home. The structure of support frame and cover frame is optimised for high rigidity and efficient use of materials – for reliability and sustainability.
While the support frame is a more traditional low-sheen plastic, the soft touch cover is made of an unusually matt material for light switches, which gives it an almost velvety, warm feel. It’s also surprisingly hard-wearing – you won’t see every fingerprint on these pieces! Together with the nearly silent mechanism of the wide rocker, a feature common to all the Gira switches, the overall feel is one of subtlety and softness.
We think The E3 Soft Touch range’s palette makes it an obvious match for an architect-designed new build or glass-box extension (think concrete floors and anthracite-framed windows). Yet it’s simple enough in profile that the same palette could as easily look good on a mid-centuryesque mustard or teal wall, or even in muted-yet-busy Charleston House-inspired interiors.
The takeaway is that, whether brought in to sit on matt, flat colour, or to tone in with one shade within a brilliantly busy wallpaper, this is an easygoing, go-to, usable switch that softly speaks volumes.