The gently rounded frame and circular rocker bring out the playful yet elegant personality of the R.1 range. It’s available in many extravagant materials, but even this basic white classic will subtly brighten up any interior.
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!
Please note: The double switch has a slightly deeper insert. Fitting into a 35 mm back box is possible but it’s a bit of a squeeze, so 45mm depth would be ideal.
Berker 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.
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 switch) and a 1-gang frame. (Set includes a bracket to connect frame and insert)
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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.
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Please refer to our Installation section for more installation advice, manuals and helpful videos.
Does this cover a standard british back box?
This product covers a standard metal knockout box, but it doesn't cover the edges of plastic "dry-lining" boxes. If you can't fit a metal flush box, we recommend using "flat plate" drywall boxes or European round boxes.
How deep does the back box need to be?
This needs a slightly deeper box, at least 35mm.
Berker launched the "Generation R" ranges (incorporating this and the rotary R.Classic) in 2012, as an antidote to the mainly square and edgy designs on the market. The round rocker seems to take inspiration from to the round backplates of our 1930s Duroplast or porcelain ranges, although the overall feel of the piece remains modern and contemporary.
Especially in white and black the R.1 design is a pared-down and geometric modernist classic, albeit softened by its playful rounded edges and rocker.
There is a rich variety of different surfaces available for the R.1 - from basic plastic to completely bespoke and extravagant finishes, via some materials we've not seen on a light switch before. Concrete or leather, anyone?
The strong and unique shape ties all of these varieties together, making it one of the most versatile pieces in our catalogue, for a truly eclectic mix-and-match arrangement.
a well rounded personality of a switch
In the basic versions, the R.1 switch is made of black or white high gloss plastic. It's a minimalist wrap-around design which shows off its rounded edges and circular rocker particularly well. The frame is slightly smaller than for example the Gira Esprit or Standard 55 ranges.
In its more elaborate versions, a 3mm layer of material is mounted on a 7mm white or black plastic base plate, creating an intriguing combination of monochrome colours and unusual materials. The rockers are available in white or black gloss - you can either match them with the base plate or go for even more contrast!
Because of its geometric shapes, the R.1 seems to sit well with minimal, scandi-style interiors, white walls and wall coverings that match its more eye-catching finishes.
On a rough, concrete wall for example, a concrete switch makes perfect sense, just like the dark wood version would go with more natural fibres and furniture. We do have a soft spot for the R.1 - it is unusual yet un-showy and seems to make everyone stop and smile at its comforting, unobtrusive personality.