Talk to me about kitchen grid switches

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Molecular--Bob
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Talk to me about kitchen grid switches

Starting the painful process of kitchen redesign, and the subject of grid switches came up, but the spotty youth on the other side of the desk didn't really manage to describe them in a meaningful way. Are they just a set of remotely switched fused spurs for individual plug outlets  hung off the ring main? 

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Shouldn't be painful!!

Normally a 'grid' switch as you rightly say a 'cluster' of fused spurs (and/or isolating switches) ie all in one big box. The supply would depend on the loads so could be a ring (usually dedicated to the appliances) or have more than one supply. Most electricians I have worked with do not particularly like them and go for individual switches. Drop me a line if you need any help on the kitchen side know a little about them!

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Grid switches mean you can easily mix standard switches with dimmers on the same plate. I have MK ones and give many options as I wanted both the above solutions in one plate

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They were being mentioned in relation to built in appliances, so that makes more sense. 

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Most leccies seem to shy away from them preferring a strategically sited fused switch plate for individual appliances.

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... usually because it involves more work!

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Grids also allow for switches with the appliance name on it for a far more professional approach along with individual fuses. All comes down to price and choice.

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As above. I used to specify these on our developments when I had paid employment. They would have switches for hob, microwave, extractor, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer etc all in one place or you end with a huge array of fused switches at each location which looks untidy. Used to work for us. But our contractor and their electricians just did what they were told. Would recommend you do this.