There are covers used for switches and electrical receptacles and are usually mounted on the wall and are commonly referred to as wall plate covers. Wall plates usually can be made in such a way that there can be a single hole to four holes. These holes usually determine the devices that can be connected to the switch or the electrical receptacle. One can also request for custom made wall plates where one will give the specifications on the number of holes that will be used for attaching devices to the switch or electrical spectacle. The wall plate covers are usually made using a variety of materials depending on the choice of a person including brass, aluminum, copper, bronze, plastic, wood, porcelain, steel, ceramic and any other suitable material. These materials used can vary depending on the manufacturer and the choice of any material will depend on the environment it will be operating, its application as well as the aesthetics of any given environment.
There are a variety of wall plates depending on how they are to be used including blank wall plate, blank TV, data jack, cover for duplex outlet, phone jack, plate for toggle switch, decorative, combination as well as screwless wall plate. Wall plates covers are used for purposes intended to protect the switches and the electrical receptacles while also providing some decorations on the wall that is likely to cover some wall imperfections while they can contrast or blend in the wall. Wall plates covers are usually installed simply through the use of screws. In case the surfaces where these wall plates covers are to be installed are not structurally strong such as the drywalls and plasters where a mountain bracket is highly recommended to enhance the strength of these attachment points for the wall plate.
Devices that are covered by the wall plate covers are those devices that allow equipment that requires electricity to operate to be connected to the power supply in a building or any other sites. The insulated sleeves, socket apertures that have blocking shutters, recessed sockets as well as those receptacles that are only made to accept those plugs that are compatible to it and they also need to be inserted in the recommended correct orientation are some other devices that can be used instead of wall plate covers to enhance safety.
Using the wall plate covers is beneficial in that they prevent exposure of long cables on the wall surface only exposing just a few short wires. These wall plates also enhance the decorations in a building hence making it more beautiful.