Legrand Beautifies The Light Switch With adorne™, A Collection Of Switches And Wall Plates That Creates A Luxe Design Statement

Global industry leader launches design-driven light switches, ushering in new decorating opportunities for homeowner.

WEST HARTFORD, Conn., April 3, 2013 -- With few and forgotten milestones marking the history of the household light switch-the toggle switch invented in the 1900s and the paddle switch in the 1960s - Legrand is on a quest to reinvent this essential home product with the launch of adorne, a distinctive line of switches, dimmers, outlets, and wall plates.

Building upon four years of research in the American market, adorne's groundbreaking light switches open a new chapter for the homeowner, interior designer, and do-it-yourself enthusiast. The collection's compelling design, innovative technology and simple installation advance the light switch into a meaningful consideration in the home renovation process. By May 2013, adorne will be available in select lighting showrooms and home improvement stores nationwide.

"Historically, consumers and designers haven't given their light switches a second thought - if anything, they were more concerned with hiding them," said Mario Gonzalez , vice president of marketing for the adorne Collection. "Extensive research tells us that homeowners and the architecture and design community are ready for something new and different. Through the launch of adorne, Legrand is enabling consumers to give the same level of design expression to their light switches as with all other decorative products in the home."

Achievements in Technology

The truly astounding switch portfolio features seven models, each providing a unique on/off activation and user experience. Standout products in the line include:

*The Touch™ Switch uses capacitive touch technology to control lights. Its stunning translucent face operates just like an iPod®.

*The Wave™ Switch activates lights with the wave of a hand.

*The SensaSwitch™ turns lights on and off when people enter or leave the room.

*The Pop-Out™ Outlet is popped out when needed, providing three outlets, and pushed back in to fit flush to the wall when not in use.

Stylish Designs, Simple Installation

The collection's design leads with a distinguishing square switch and outlet that serves as a signature statement for the product line. The switches and outlets are then paired with wall plates that come in 32 striking finishes, including cast metals, natural woods, leather, and an array of vibrant hues. The broad range has been designed to fit any decor whether it's traditional, eclectic, cottage, or contemporary. All switches and outlets fit flush within the wall plates, eliminating the need for visible screws, and they fit in existing electrical boxes for fast and easy installation. Finally, to help light the way at night, many adorne switches feature convenient locator lights or all can be combined with an Accent Nightlight.

"We created the adorne collection to meet the growing demand for unique, design-driven products for the home. We interviewed hundreds of homeowners, architects and interior designers to better understand their needs, wishes and desires. We are launching a product line that truly elevates light switches, dimmers and outlets to a whole new level," stated Phillip Prestigomo , director of industrial design for Legrand. "Providing the homeowner with our new collection is going to bring a fresh level of options for every wall in the home."

The collection also includes the adorne Under-Cabinet Lighting System - a flexible, modular track that tucks under kitchen cabinets and delivers lighting, power, and even music without cluttering the backsplash. Legrand will be unveiling adorne wireless systems for the home in June 2013, including a Wi-Fi Music System, Wireless Video Intercom, and Whole-House Wireless Lighting Controls.

To learn more, or find a retail location near you, visit www.adornemyhome.com.

About Legrand

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, WattStopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

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