I'm replacing the switches throughout my house and came across this one today. What is the value of it being "framed" (it seems like that's the only difference between it and the most basic switch)?
Can I just replace it with this one.
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Typically, cheaper residential grade switches are "framed" like this, and have a slimmer toggle, while commercial "spec-grade" switches have a larger unframed toggle.
This is a Leviton spec-grade 20A switch:
While this is the framed residential switch from the original question:
Decora switches, like this, are also typically spec-grade:
None of this has anything to do with grounding. The only switches without ground screws are switches specifically to be used as replacements for non-grounding devices.
I'm 99% sure it means there is a raised frame at the base of the actual toggle or not. I have 2 boxes in front of me right now, framed vs unframed. The framed has a small raised area around the based of the toggle (plastic), while the unframed does not. Not sure if this is purely cosmetic or if it adds any strength to the switch.
Also note both of these are marked as "commercial" grade (Hubbel from Lowes)