Leviton vs Legrand Switches/Dimmers (Reviews / Ratings)

Felisberto Silva  |  March 19, 2013  |  5 Min. Read

Lighting  |  Switches & Dimmers  |  Legrand Adorne

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Leviton and Legrand are both great companies offering really good quality switches and receptacles. However, one company has outpaced the other in design and new technology.

Legrand

Adorne is a collection by a company named Legrand, who started their first establishment outside France in 1966. The company was then expanded beyond Europe in 1974 when they opened a subsidiary in Brazil. In 1984, Legrand opened the first establishment in the United States. With over 25 years of growth, through acquisition and innovation, they continue to develop every day. By staying on top of things and thinking of fresh new ideas, they now have one of the coolest and by far the best looking lighting switches, dimmers, and receptacles available. These are not your ordinary everyday switches. Simply put, the collection brings a new world of convenience and stylish finishing touch to any space.

Leviton

Founded in 1906 by Evser and his son Isidor Leviton. They began by manufacturing brass mantle tips for the natural gas lighting infrastructure in Manhattan. They sold their mantle tips on a pushcart on the Bowery on the Lower East side of Manhattan. Isidor Leviton designed a screw in lamp holder for Thomas Edison's Electric Lamp in 1910 and within ten years the lamp holders were being used in every apartment in New York. In 1936 Leviton built a two square block 4-story factory and warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn which still stands today. In 2011 Leviton partnered with Ford Motors to produce their ever-green Electric Vehicle Chargers for Ford Electric Cars. Leviton has also partnered with Toyota to manufacture chargers for the Toyota plug-in Electric Vehicles.

Comparison of Legrand and Leviton Switches

Legrand

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legrand switches dimmers options

  • Stylishly smart switches, dimmers, receptacles, wall plates, and accessories
  • Modern, cozy, cottage style comfort, and even classic design for a more traditional style
  • Distinctive square white or magnesium switches, dimmers, and receptacles
  • Screw less wall plates are available in 32 finishes, including cast metals, natural woods, leather, an array of vibrant colors, and even customizable wall plates
  • Rich, natural materials are hand crafted by wood, metal, and leather artisans
  • A customizable wall plate allows you to use your own pattern or material such as wallpaper to create a design that fits your personal style
  • Switches and dimmers can be used as a single pole or a 3-way (no need to specify)
  • True universal dimmer can work with Incandescent, Halogen, Electronic low voltage, Magnetic low voltage, CFL, and LED’s. No need to specify what light you are dimming.
  • A Pop-Out three receptacle outlet that can be popped out when needed and pushed back in to fit flush with the wall plate when not in use
  • Dimmer/switch options from a simple touch (like on your smart phone), a satisfying click, or even the simple wave of a hand makes it delightful to hit the lights on or off
  • One style wall plate can support any of their dimmers, switches, USB port, or outlet collections. No need to research what wall plates will fit what switches.

Leviton

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  • Wide variety of control options
  • Popular switches are Renu, Vizia, and Illuma Tech
  • Mostly traditional style that haven’t changed in years except for their Vizia RF
  • Must specify single pole or 3-way, electronic or magnetic low voltage, or Incandescent when ordering switches from Leviton.
  • Standard traditional rectangle or toggle designs
  • 15 different wallplates colors to choose from
  • Standard receptacles and GFCI
  • Must pick appropriate wallplates that works with dimmers, switches, and receptacles

My Opinion

First, they are both good switches. Legrand will offer more customization of colors and styles. Legrand offers a ton of truly different dimmers including motion activated and soft touch. It is also easier to retrofit into existing construction.

Legrand is adaptable to any type of bulb including fluorescent, low voltage, incandescent and LED. Leviton, as well as most other companies, must be specified by bulb type. If you have low voltage, you need to know your fixture has magnetic or electronic transformers.

As much as I like Leviton, Legrand is a superior switch.

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Felisberto Silva

Felisberto Silva is a Lighting Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance. Fe has worked at Yale for over 15 years. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his three children and traveling.

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