Basalte Sentido light switch

Flip switches and dimmer sliders can get dirty, slow or break entirely – but these designs keep all of the moving parts inside, showing only a sleek metal exterior and futuristic LED highlights to illuminate them when the room is still dark.

Basalte Sentido

But it gets better: just like our ever-more-interactive mobile phones, everything in these switches from Basalte is based on the length and type of touch applied to the surface, making them as versatile as a more complex-looking switch design.

basalte sentido switch touching

A light touch simply turns a lamp or lighting fixture on or off. A long touch, however, can brighten or dim a given light; touching multiple quads in the more complex variants lets you adjust lighting in multiple areas at one time.

For typical home lighting the conventional options are adequate – but not quite as functional, clean or durable. Motion sensors are nice but lack reliable control. Flip switches work well but (like a restroom faucet handle) may be touched by many other people in the course of the day. Dimmer switches provide more control, but are the most fragile of the bunch. Really, why have touch-sensors not taken over yet?

Basalte also produces a range of smart home lighting.

“Back in the day, we had one lamp nd one switch per room. These days, new technologies such as dimming and LED have revolutionized how we light our homes. This led us to rethink how to simplify living with these increasingly complex systems. We believe lighting controls should be simple, intuitive and easily accessible. With Basalte Home, controlling individual lights is simple. You can also use comfort scenes to automate frequent repetitive actions. Just one tap, a scene automatically sets your lighting to a specific setting with just one tap. These are designed for common situations like Morning, Relaxing, Away, etc.”