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OK my wife wants all the switches to be changed to those illuminated switches. Not just all the light switches but also other fixture switches like garbage disposals, fans etc...



This is quite a bit of switches, may be around 50 of them. So I want to get some feedback from those who have used them for a while.


First of all, they need a neutral conductor in the switch box, and I am not sure all my boxes are wired this way, I might have some that is just on a switch loop and no neutral. So those may present a challenge.


Second, I kept hearing in the past those switches would flicker when paired with a fixture with CFL or LED bulbs, is this the case?


Third, how long does the illumination last? When will the tiny bulb inside burn out, requiring the switch to be replaced?


Next, are there different color illumination? I think I have seen only orange lighted switches. Are there other colors? Not the switch, but the color of the illumination behind the switch?


Finally, do they make fan slider switches that illuminate?
 

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Maybe clarify which your wife wants, there are illuminated switches (back light which may be the orange-ish you are talking about on a Decora rocker or clear toggle) and there are locator lights (tiny green, red etc 'slit'). Also coverplates with 'nightlights.'
 

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They have ones where the switch just has a light behind it, then there's ones that have a separate nightlight on them. There's actually a TON of options, and these days many of them are white rather than the "old fashioned" orange backlit style.

As to my experience, I installed one of these - https://www.amazon.com/Legrand-Seym...ght+switch+w/nightlight&qid=1591773085&sr=8-8 in my dining room probably 10-15 years ago, still working perfectly. We had a hard time finding this specific style again, years even, but I finally found them on Amazon there and I've installed a pair of them in the stairway and I'm planning to install another pair in the upstairs hallway too.

While I tend to stick to brands I know, there are a bunch of different flavors out there these days;

https://www.amazon.com/Legrand-Seym...ords=outlet+w/nightlight&qid=1591773230&sr=8-
https://www.amazon.com/Decorator-Gr...s=outlet+w/nightlight&qid=1591773262&sr=8-135
https://www.amazon.com/Eaton-1-Watt...s=outlet+w/nightlight&qid=1591773262&sr=8-137
https://www.amazon.com/Leviton-6526...s=outlet+w/nightlight&qid=1591773339&sr=8-198


You might also consider light up outlets. I installed GFCI nightlight outlets in every bathroom so I wasn't using up an outlet for one, they're the awesome. There's a bunch of them too:

https://www.amazon.com/Legrand-SEYM...jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076C5TBDG/ref=emc_b_5_t
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007UNHHI...jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
https://www.amazon.com/Leviton-GFNL.../B013OVC61C/ref=psdc_6291365011_t1_B076C5TBDG

The ones I installed in the bathrooms many years ago are Pass&Seymour Legrand 1595-NTLTRWCC4 (I can't find any on Amazon sorry) I also bought outlet cover plates with LEDs in them called "Night Angel" haven't tried them yet, but it's another option that might be cheaper or easier than replacing the actual outlet - I think the night angel's were under $20 each:

 
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Maybe clarify which your wife wants, there are illuminated switches (back light which may be the orange-ish you are talking about on a Decora rocker or clear toggle) and there are locator lights (tiny green, red etc 'slit'). Also coverplates with 'nightlights.'

just back lit switches so the switches can be found easier in the dark, not locator light or night lights.
 

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They have ones where the switch just has a light behind it, then there's ones that have a separate nightlight on them. There's actually a TON of options, and these days many of them are white rather than the "old fashioned" orange backlit style.

As to my experience, I installed one of these - https://www.amazon.com/Legrand-Seym...ght+switch+w/nightlight&qid=1591773085&sr=8-8 in my dining room probably 10-15 years ago, still working perfectly. We had a hard time finding this specific style again, years even, but I finally found them on Amazon there and I've installed a pair of them in the stairway and I'm planning to install another pair in the upstairs hallway too.

While I tend to stick to brands I know, there are a bunch of different flavors out there these days;

https://www.amazon.com/Legrand-Seym...ords=outlet+w/nightlight&qid=1591773230&sr=8-
https://www.amazon.com/Decorator-Gr...s=outlet+w/nightlight&qid=1591773262&sr=8-135
https://www.amazon.com/Eaton-1-Watt...s=outlet+w/nightlight&qid=1591773262&sr=8-137
https://www.amazon.com/Leviton-6526...s=outlet+w/nightlight&qid=1591773339&sr=8-198


You might also consider light up outlets. I installed GFCI nightlight outlets in every bathroom so I wasn't using up an outlet for one, they're the awesome. There's a bunch of them too:

https://www.amazon.com/Legrand-SEYM...jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076C5TBDG/ref=emc_b_5_t
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007UNHHI...jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
https://www.amazon.com/Leviton-GFNL.../B013OVC61C/ref=psdc_6291365011_t1_B076C5TBDG

The ones I installed in the bathrooms many years ago are Pass&Seymour Legrand 1595-NTLTRWCC4 (I can't find any on Amazon sorry) I also bought outlet cover plates with LEDs in them called "Night Angel" haven't tried them yet, but it's another option that might be cheaper or easier than replacing the actual outlet - I think the night angel's were under $20 each:

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Thank you for the extensive list of options. I will go through them to see which one may do the trick.


All my switches and outlets are decora style already. I am not aware of the switch covers that are lit...I should not tell her because then she might want those (and I don't want to even go there because we have many 2, 3, 4 device cover plates). I think for receptacles we don't need them because I cannot think of a case where I want to insert a plug in the dark.
 

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Thank you for the extensive list of options. I will go through them to see which one may do the trick.


All my switches and outlets are decora style already. I am not aware of the switch covers that are lit...I should not tell her because then she might want those (and I don't want to even go there because we have many 2, 3, 4 device cover plates). I think for receptacles we don't need them because I cannot think of a case where I want to insert a plug in the dark.
Yeah, I did a lot of researching for guide lights & night lights cause we have basically no daylight in the winter up here (Alaska)

The LED cover plate outlet ones are supposedly great for seeing legos on the floor in the hallway at night (according to my brother who had younger kidlets) :vs_laugh:
 

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As mentioned, a lot of choices, but I did ours maybe 10 years ago, which probably means 15-20 years ago given the way my mind works any more, and think that I may have replaced one of them since. And heck, a random regular one will sometimes fail in that much time so I don't see anything excessive in that regard. I went with basic ones, lighted handles, but definitely not all of them. My purpose was to be able to move about the house without having to fumble for switches, so I hit the key ones, and am very satisfied with the results. If I walk in the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom or wherever after dusk I know exactly which light I am going to turn on, and, barring a power outage obviously, can walk the entire house in total darkness and maintain my bearings.
 
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