Inspired by Bauhaus principles, Serie 1930 is a switch range steeped in design history. This variety features a black semi-gloss surface similar to the original Bakelite.
Apart from switches, Berker offer a selection of wiring products and functions that can be combined with these frames, such as audio speaker inputs, TV/SAT sockets and network sockets. Contact us for information on other options if you can’t find what you’re looking for.
Because of its round backplate shape, this switch doesn’t fit the regular British square or rectangular wall boxes. The corners of the back box (or the hole the switch is going into) WILL SHOW.
It is perfectly possible to fit a European-style round back box, which the backplate will cover. We sell these boxes here. But this will require electrical work and decorating/plastering to make good the new wall box.
Please be aware that we don’t accept returns of this product if you find that the necessary installation/decorating work is too extensive. We kindly ask that you and your electrician make sure that they are aware of the back box incompatibility before ordering this product.
What’s in the box?
This switch set consists of a rotary switch insert, an outer frame and a front plate with screw-in knob.
(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 1-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 1-way switch controls two light sources from the same switch but those lights can not be controlled from elsewhere (a slightly old-fashioned wiring type).
Berker rotary switches are easy to install, but remember, the round backplate versions don't fit onto standard British back boxes! Just follow the step-by-step pictures below or go to our Berker rotary switch installation page.
Please refer to our Installation section for more installation advice, manuals and helpful videos.
Does this cover a standard british back box?
No, a 70mm round back box is required. Check the available options below.
How deep does the back box need to be?
This insert is quite deep, it needs at least 45mm. Check the available options below.
The blueprint for this classic rotary switch is one of the original Bauhaus switches (which can be found, amongst other places, in the Dessau Bauhaus, renovated true to its original state).
Despite its origins in the 1930s, it has a more restrained and modern look than our Duroplast Rotaries and an altogether smoother feel. A classic switch concept, which endured while fashions came and went.
A stylish return to the roots of classic switch design
Berker’s “1930” series was designed in close consultation with the Architectural Research Department in Dessau. The elegantly simple rotary switches embody the pure functionality to which Berker has been committed ever since its foundation in 1919 – rather like the ethos of the Bauhaus school.
In other words, despite being a modern electrical product, the switches look just as if they had been selected by Walter Gropius himself!
The history of these switches is steeped in the 1930 interior styles of the Bauhaus period, but that doesn’t mean it’s purely for faithful restorations or retro-style houses. The matt, monochrome finishes complement a Scandi-style living room just as beautifully as this lavish wallpaper and velvet headboard.
One thing that we always notice in projects that are accessorised with these pieces, is that the round, black or white dots on the walls add an eye-catching detail wherever you decide to use them.