Known in the industry for its leading design and development of premier electrical wiring accessories, Hastings-based manufacturer Focus SB launches the only fully certified 2 way and centre-off retractive toggle grid switch suitable for use with mains voltage in the UK market.

Providing a safe, desirable solution for lighting control and dimming systems where the quiescent (off) position is in the centre, the new toggle grid switch can be finished to visually match all Focus SB’s standard and bespoke switch-plates. There are similar toggle/dolly switches on the market, however these differ in that they only offer 1 way spring back retractive toggles.

Other retractive toggle switches on the market are only suitable for use with extra low voltage supplies (ELV) and are unsuitable for use with mains supply, carrying a low risk of electrical shock, whereas this new product from Focus SB is insulated, offering a safer, more robust option to mechanical and electrical engineers and architects.

Certified to BS EN 60669-1 the new 2 way and off retractive toggle grid switch from Focus SB is operated by pushing the toggle up against the spring pressure to increase the dimmed lighting level (releasing once desired lighting level has been achieved) - and pushing the toggle down to lower the dimmed lighting level.

The new switch is also suitable for use with electronic curtain, blind, shutter and window operating systems. Again pushing the toggle down to open the curtains or lower the blinds, or pushing the toggle in the opposite direction (up) to close the curtains or raise blinds. 

Gary Stevens, Focus SB’s managing director comments: “This is another illustration of how Focus SB is pushing the boundaries of innovation in its ambitious product development programme with this being a first in the UK.”

Stevens also stresses the importance of specifiers and installers insisting on having copies of test certificates from manufacturers when specifying or installing this type of product.

Further innovative new product announcements will continue throughout this year and beyond.