The socketandswitch bead and the spotlightbead are designed and made in England , by a ethically run family business 

They are covered by two British Patents.

They are made from flame retardant polypropylene. This material is recyclable and provision is being made for a return to source service for the cut out centre sections .

Spec sheets are available on request. 

When plastered in they provide IP54 protection 

The new way to do sockets and switches

First fix


The electrician comes in and first fixes. When installing spotlights,  the electrician will place the cable as close to the finish position as possible.

Boarding/tacking takes place


This can result in cables being very easily lost or damaged as follow on trades come in.

Do you cut out your spotlights before or after plastering?


With current practice, if you cut out your spotlights and retreive your cables, the plasterer will struggle to make a good job as it is difficult to plaster around a hole.

With the new spotlightbead, cables can be retrieved/terminated/tested. The spotlightbead is then placed over the cutout making it safe for the plasterer as they are protected from potentially live connections.

The plasterer is happy as they have a edge to work to and the absence of a hole makes the process much easier and more accurate. 

The same applies to sockets and switches


The stripping/terminating / testing of sockets and switches at this stage also allows the confirmation of circuits and allows any rectification to take place before plastering/ painting has taken place.

Much easier with fewer problems


This process means there is no need for the electrician to come back until all the other trades have finished.

The painter can easily put a roller over or spray straight over, as is becoming more popular, without any need to brush around. 

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When the paint is dry and all the other trades have left the site, the electrician simply taps the remaining plaster from the front plate/removes the screws to reveal a perfectly clean set of connections and a smart reinforced plastic edge, which protrudes 9.5mm into the plasterboard, covering the easily damaged edge, confident that there are no problems or lost cables 

This means no making good, no countercharging  and no delays in schedule.

About Us

Pete Carter


Designed and developed this product using over 35 years of experience in the plastering and building industry. "After plastering a ceiling with over forty spots cut out I thought 'there has to be a better way to do this' I created the product, obtained the patent and got them manufactured"

Spotlight Bead


A new and innovative idea which improves the instalation of spotlights and reduces risk to the user.

Socket and Switch bead


Available in single and double sizes, they make it possible to achieve a perfect finish and improve health and safety.

for more information go to https://socketandswitchbead.co.uk

frequently asked questions

How do you fix them?


A few staples are enough, as the plaster that envelopes the edge ultimatly holds them securely in place.

Do you have to use the socket screws?


If the metal box sits to the face of the wall, then staples are enough. But if the box sits further than 9.5mm from the surface then the indentations should be pushed through and socket screws used. This ensure alignment  to the back box.

What do you use to cut them out?


A couple of good taps to the centre of the bead once the plaster has full set ( ideally a couple of days) , removes the plaster from the face . I then recommend either the specialist cutting tool I sell on the website, or a hooked blade , as these can’t easily slip or damage the cables.

What size cutouts are available?

The outer cut line is at 72mm which is the largest potential cutout. The bead also has a centre inde

The bead has a outer cut line at 72mm which is the largest cutout possible . The bead also has a centre indentation which allows the use of a hole saw for smaller cutouts, with the smallest practical size being 57mm as the intumescent seal must contact the plaster to keep its fire integrity.

What happens if a outlet needs to remain live?


If a outlet needs to have the faceplate in position. I recommend the use of a (sockit) or (yoozybox) to be fitted , with one of my beads . This works out very well as the bead stops the plaster from tightening against the yoozybox and gives the plasterer a edge to work to .and prevents direct electrical contact.

What happens when sockets are too close together


If sockets or switches are close together, then simply cut off the edge with scissors or tin snips.


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The new way to do spotlights 


Socketandswitch bead used in a refurb situation 


The new way to do switches and sockets 

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