To fit more light switches into your electrical box, an electrician may have installed horizontal toggle switches (or stacked switches).
Sideways toggles are a great way to have extra lighting control in a single slot of your electrical box, and are very common in both commercial and residential bathrooms.
Many people get super confused when they want to replace a horizontal toggle switch cover. Especially when they happen to sit next to a regular single vertical toggle switch.
Here, we'll show the correct replacement switch plate for stacked sideways horizontal toggle light switches.
But first, I have to explain about 2 types of electrical outlets. (This won't take long, and it is related to horizontal toggles, so bear with me.)
Two very common styles of outlets found in homes are:
"DUPLEX" and "BLOCK/GFCI".
Note the different shapes of the devices & their cover cutouts:
Duplex outlets are the ones we're going to focus on today.
They fit into a cover with 2 oval-ish openings with a screw right in the middle:
OK, now moving on to horizontal toggle switches.
If you look closely at the base underneath the switches, you'll see they have the E.X.A.C.T. same shape as a duplex outlet:
Horizontal toggles were intentionally made to fit the same cover as a duplex outlet, so that a new specialized plate would not have to be created for people to install & use them.
If you have a 2-gang box (an electrical box that fits up to 2 devices side-by-side) with 3 toggle switches (2 horizontal and 1 vertical), you'll need the same plate as if you had a duplex outlet next to a single vertical toggle switch:
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