For the fixtures found in the United States and Canada, Please refer to List of Otis elevator fixtures (North America).

This is a list of Otis elevator fixtures found in Asia, Europe and other regions.

Age unknown, but very old

These fixtures consist of red buttons that do not light up. These fixtures are used in France. It is unknown if these fixtures were used in other countries.



When manually-controlled elevators were common before in 1920s, most Otis elevators at that time used old deadman controls, which is usually a car switch used by elevator operators to move the elevator car. If the crank is moved to the left, the elevator car would go down and if the crank is moved to the right, the elevator car would go up. Some elevators have a vintage hall call annunciator to announce elevator operator that a hall call outside has been registered on certain floors.

Black buttons

In the 1900s, Otis used black buttons that do not light up. These buttons are different from Lexan fixtures. The floor numbers are not on the buttons, they are on the panel. These fixtures were used in the UK. It is unknown if they were used in other countries.


In the 1920's, Otis used black buttons that do not light up for car stations. These buttons are different from the 1900's buttons, and Lexan fixtures. The floor numbers are on the buttons. These fixtures were used in the US, and UK. It is unknown if they were used in other countries. For hall stations, different black buttons were used in the UK. It is unknown if these different black buttons were used in other countries.

1930s to 1970s


Black buttons

These are probably the best known "classic" Otis fixtures with black round buttons with classic white letterings; in the case of Otis, these buttons were first made with bakelite, then later, they were made out of Lexan fiberglass[1]. These buttons are very simple with no illumination indication in the button itself, although the indicator, if specified, was usually on the faceplate adjacent to the button. There are many variants of these buttons. The earliest type are around 16mm in diameter, have the floor number or direction arrow die cast with the actual button material (either bakelite or Lexan fiberglass) overmolded around it. The oldest hall stations (dating to the early 1960s) which feature this type of button sometimes have characteristic "PRESS TO ASCEND/DESCEND" markings engraved onto the faceplate.

The 16mm buttons were used until the mid 1960s, when the larger button version appeared. These are approximately 27mm in diameter, were exclusively made from Lexan and have their markings painted on rather than diecast into the button itself - this version remained in use right up until the early 1980s. A further version of this button exists which is in a different font (probably Lexan, might only be used in select countries), one with gray buttons (car station only, probably Lexan), and one that is very rare, with white buttons (probably Lexan). There is also a vandal resistant version, with metal buttons. The Lexan buttons were discontinued in 1989-1990.

YouTube elevator enthusiasts mistakenly refer to these fixtures as Pre-Lexan since they referred to the black illuminating fixtures as Lexan, which is technically correct because Lexan came after the black buttons. However, the term Pre-Lexan is misleading because some black buttons are made out of Lexan.

Regular black buttons

Vandal resistant

Otis's black buttons also came out as solid stainless steel ones with black marking, making them to look like vandal resistant buttons. These buttons are extremely rare. So far these buttons are only seen North America, it is unknown if they are also found in other countries.

Australian small black buttons

These fixtures consist of small black buttons that do not light up. These fixtures might also be used in other countries.

Halo (Lexan) fixtures

Otis updated the black buttons making them flush buttons with an illuminating halo. There are 3 variants of these buttons. One with raised buttons without the halo (the 1950s and 1960s version), one with flush buttons (the 1960s and 1970's version), and one with larger, clearer halo, recessed buttons (the 1980's version). By the mid-1970s, digital floor counters began appearing, and in some elevators, the directional indicator was on both sides of the floor indicator. The Halo fixtures were discontinued in 1990. They are rarely seen on Otis Elevonic 401 elevators and very early Otis Elevonic 411 elevators.

UK Halo fixtures

These fixtures consist of black buttons that do not light up. These fixtures were used in the UK, Singapore, and possibly other countries. In Singapore, these buttons were used in elevators in public housing estates built between the 1960s and 1970s.[2]

UK vandal resistant

These fixtures consist of metal buttons that do not light up for earlier examples of these fixtures. These fixtures were used in the UK, probably Singapore, and possibly other countries. Later examples of these fixtures have numbers cut in the buttons, which light up. In some cases, these fixtures are paired with UK Lexan for door/alarm buttons.

Mexican vandal resistant

These fixtures were used in Mexico. It is unknown if they were used in other countries. It is unknown exactly when these fixtures were used, but these fixtures were used in the late 1960s-early 1970s.

Touch sensitive buttons

From 1948 to the 1970s, Otis made touch sensitive black buttons with illuminating halos; they were either rounded or square shaped. These buttons used vacuum tubes so that the passenger would only lightly touch the button to go to his or her floor, which are actually worked by completing a circuit when your finger comes into contact with the button. This all works through a spring behind the touch plate that runs to the Thyratron tube behind the button, which serves as the switching circuit and the light bulb. The square ones were used in some Otis Autotronic elevators in the 1960s-1970s. One of the most notable uses of the round type was in the elevators of the original World Trade Center - they can clearly be seen in various TV and film footage that feature the interiors of the Twin Towers. They were later replaced in the mid 1990s when the elevators were modernized and remained as such until the towers' destruction on September 11, 2001.

The touch-sensitive buttons were discontinued later on as they were claimed to be a fire hazard[3]. Also, many elevators with touch sensitive buttons were modernized for the same reason.

Square version

These buttons were also used in some non-Autotronic elevators in other countries which were installed in the 1960s and 1970s.

Round version

Autotronic touch sensitive call stations

These call buttons were shaped like an arrow, and has a concave plate where you touch them. These buttons were mainly used in Otis Autotronic elevators in the United States. It is unknown if they were also used in other countries.

Square Lexan push buttons

These buttons look the same like the touch sensitive version, except that they are push buttons. The name Square-Lexan is not the official name of these fixtures, it is a name given to these fixtures by elevator enthusiasts. These fixtures were used in Japan, and other countries such as Hong Kong.

Australian square Lexan buttons

These buttons look very similar to the touch sensitive buttons except that they are push buttons. They are usually only found in Australia, though at least one sighting of this style has been seen in New Zealand, and were used in the 1970s. There are three types of floor indicators used along with these buttons. One is an analogue display, one is a digital segmented display, and one is a green LED dot matrix display. In some cases, these fixtures are paired with standard Otis black buttons (the door controls are usually black non-Lexan buttons.)

Italian white buttons

These are small white buttons with black markings and have no illumination. These buttons were used in some 1960s Otis elevators in Italy, Hong Kong, Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian countries. The floor indicators are lozenge shaped with orange illuminating numbers and arrows.

Japanese white buttons

These buttons look a bit similar to the Italian white buttons except that they are much bigger and have the same floor numbering font as the one used on Otis's black and halo buttons. Sometimes Otis's black buttons were also used along with these buttons as door control buttons or UP, DOWN and NON STOP/NS buttons. These buttons were used in Japan, as well as very few other countries in Asia, such as Indonesia.

Middle Eastern fixtures

These fixtures were used from the early 1950s until the late 1970s, commonly found in Middle Eastern and Asian countries like Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. These are just small round buttons which light up when pressed.

Vintage analog indicators

In the 1940s-1980s, Otis used floor counters that were simply metal plates with illuminating numbers, going horizontally. Later ones have arrow indicators which light up orange, red or green. They were also illuminating squares positioned vertically which are commonly found in North America and Hong Kong, as well as illuminating circles which are commonly found in England and New Zealand.

Vintage hall lanterns

These were mainly arrow shaped lanterns which light up orange. Some lanterns also light up green for up and red for down. In line with the button stations and floor indicators, the shape of these arrows changed in the early 1970s to the "delta" style arrow.

Rotodial indicators

Rotodial indicators first appeared in the 1940s or 1950s. These indicators have rotating disk with floor number printed on it. The disk is enclosed with a round dome glass and has an arrow in the middle of the dial to point the current car position. When the elevator moves upward, the disk rotates to the right and when the car moves downward, the disk rotates to the left. Otis also made another version of these indicators with a vertical scroll.

IEE indicators

Also from the 1960s to the 1980s, Otis uses the "IEE indicator" in very few elevators at that time. This indicator is unique because the floor number display disappeared when the car passed between two floors. This type of indicator has a rack of 9 bulbs on each side of the display that sit behind a piece of film with numbers cut in it. A mirror directs the light towards the viewing screen, and you get the number of the floor.[4] The IEE indicator is often called "Otis vanishing indicator" by several YouTube elevator enthusiasts.

Old European white buttons

These fixtures consist of round white buttons with number printed on them. Some elevators with these fixtures may have illumination on the car buttons while some others don't. Call stations with these buttons always have illumination. Some elevators with Otis's black buttons also have these white buttons, which are used as the landing call buttons[5]. These fixtures were mainly used in Europe.


These fixtures are used on Otis Bitsa model elevators (low-rise) in Europe. These fixtures have wedge-shaped buttons[6]. The floor buttons are white that do not lights up when they are pressed, except for the call button. The door open button is red (but sometimes it simply white) and the alarm button is yellow. The indicator, if present, is a 7 segment display with red digits.

Fixtures used in Otis System 260 elevators

These fixtures are used in Otis System 260 model (developed by Flohr Otis elevators in Germany. They are based on the Otis LM fixtures (see above). The buttons are round touch sensitive, with a black button plate. The door control and alarm buttons are pressure type. The floor indicator is usually a red LED dot matrix display.

1980s to 2000s

Series 1

Series 1 is fairly common, and is normally seen in Otis Elevonic 401 and some normal hydraulic and traction elevators in the early 1980s. It has a very distinctive look. Normal Otis Series 1 buttons are raised off the elevator panel. It has black plastic trim with either a silver or bronze face plate. Indicator is slanted down towards the floor. Some elevators may also have a slanted up panel with some of the floor buttons on it. Has a green indicator, and is normally a segment indicator for 4 floors and under, but it has a digital indicator to support more floors. Some Series 1 panel also have a horizontal bar which displays text in green. It also has some custom installations which only have 2 rows of the buttons for every panels and the floor indicator is located on the other way. Door control buttons were made green and the alarm button was made yellow.

Otis Series 1 fixtures were discontinued in the early 2000s, but are still offered for custom installations (not appeared in the places other than America).

Call stations

Hall indicator and lanterns

Car station

Car floor indicators

Car lanterns

These lanterns look the same as the outside hall lanterns but they are flushed with the inner door jamb.

European Series 1

This version of Series 1 is only found in Europe, particularly on the Otis Europa 2000 elevators and possibly modernization as well. It has a completely different look compared to the regular Series 1 fixtures, but still using the same buttons and green VFD segmented indicators as the ones found in North America.

The fixtures used in Otis Europa 2000 elevators features a very narrow car station, with only one row of buttons and a floor indicator. Some other installations may have wider panel with two rows of buttons. Door close buttons were usually not available, instead only a door open button is available as a standard feature. The call station is usually black with the button positioned vertically rather than horizontal. Some Europa 2000 elevators wth manual swing landing doors may have a special indicator with a green door icon that lights up when the car is on that floor; this is to indicate that the car is there and the landing door is unlocked.

Vandal resistant Series 1

Series 1 also came out as vandal resistant. This look like the regular European Series 1 except that it has a different look. It has a metal button plate and a round silver convex button with a orange lamp in the middle. Vandal resistant Series 1 fixtures were mainly used in Otis Europa 2000 elevators in Europe and also Russia, but not as common as the regular European version (see above).

Asian Lexan

These fixtures were used in Otis elevators in Asia from the early 1980s until around the mid 1990s.

First generation (early to mid 1980s)

These fixtures were used from the early until the mid 1980s. They were widely used in Otis Spec 50 elevators in Asia, which were made by Nippon Otis in Japan. These fixtures consist of round Lexan buttons which look almost identical to the US-style Lexan buttons. The floor indicator is a digital display with 7-segments numbers. There was also a vandal resistant version, with a metallic button.

Second generation (mid to late 1980s)

In the mid 1980s, Otis updated these fixtures with bigger buttons. These buttons have different typeface and character, as well a clearer illuminating halo with lamps on both sides of the halo. The floor indicators were updated with 16-segments display and transparent directional arrows. Aside from round buttons, there's also push square buttons variation, which are similar to the square touch sensitive Lexan buttons. These are mostly found in Japan[7].

Third generation (late 1980s to mid 1990s)

Possibly in 1988, Otis updated the Asian Lexan fixtures again. The buttons remained the same, but the floor indicator inside the car have been moved to the car station. Other changes include different directional arrows on the indicators and call buttons and new emergency (alarm and intercom) buttons. There are two types of car station for these fixtures; one is an angled aluminium panel, and the second one is just a flat steel panel. These fixtures were widely used in Otis Spec 60 elevators. But also can be used in Otis Elevonic 401 elevators.[8]

Otis stopped making these fixtures around the mid 1990s. However, by the 2000s they were still avaiable in very few Asian countries[9]. Meanwhile in India, these button fixtures are used on Otis Gen2 Nova elevators[10].

Singaporean (?) vandal resistant buttons

These are round metal buttons with engraved character and an illuminating halo. These buttons are known to be used in Singapore. It is unknown if they were used in other countries.

Series 2

Some Otis Elevonic 411 and 411M may use Series 2 fixtures[11]. It consist of round metallic buttons with either a flush or projecting button plate.

Series 3

The Series 3 fixtures were normally used in Otis Elevonic 411, 411 M and Double Deck elevators in the 1990s. It consists of round concave touch-sensitive or push buttons with green or red illumination halo and digital segmented floor indicators. They are made in two different materials; chromed plastic (which have a halo around the button), or there is a vandal resistant version made from stainless steel which has a small LED in the middle of the button in place of the halo. Some elevators with Series 3 fixtures have floor indicators with a yellow electroluminescent display. Hall lanterns light up green for up and red for down. The Series 3 fixtures is often called "Otis Luxury Fixtures" by several elevator enthusiasts. By the 2000s, Series 3 fixtures were still offered in the Asian markets, usually for high-rise elevators such as Otis 4000 and other models, as well as special orders. Also in the 2000s, Series 3 buttons now have a blue or white illuminating halo lamp as an optional feature.

In Hong Kong, some Series 3 fixtures installed in the 2000s a variation of braille and tactile symbol beside the buttons to meet the requirements for the disabled[12]. In some cases, the original segmented indicators have been replaced with a newer LED display.

Call station

Hall indicator and lanterns

Series 3 hall lanterns have either a green (for up) and red (for down) triangle arrow, or just a blank square lanterns with green/red lamp which light up progressively. These lantens could be mounted horizontally or vertically. They could also be combined with a digital indicator.

Car station

Keyswitches and special buttons

These keyswitches and buttons are found inside the elevators and used for special services/modes, such as firefighting operation, independent service, etc. They are also some keyswitches for turning on/off the car light and fan.

Floor indicators

Most Series 3 fixtures comes with a digital floor indicator, either with an arrow or not. Some fixtures also comes with a yellow electroluminescent display with a text or date and time below the number.


The Otis 2000 fixtures came out in 1993 when the Otis 2000 elevator series was officially launched in Europe. These fixtures have a distinctive look, featuring surface mounted car stations with light fixtures on both sides of the panel. These fixtures used the same silver coated concave buttons as the ones used in Series 3 fixtures, with green or red illuminating halo. These buttons could be regular push type or touch sensitive[13] [14]. There was also a vandal resistant version where the buttons are made from metal instead of plastic, and feature a small LED in the middle instead of a halo. The floor indicators used a blue LCD display with white segments and arrows. The hall lanterns are just illuminating arrows, usually green for up and red for down. In 2000, Otis extended these fixtures to the Otis Gen2 machine room less elevator model when it was launched in Europe.

Fixtures used in Japanese Otis elevators

These fixtures came out in the late 1980s or early 1990s and were used in Japan and other Asian countries. They were developed and made by Nippon Otis Elevator in Japan. These fixtures consist of black or white square buttons with an orange illuminating halo. The floor indicator is a digital display with 16-segments numbers. In addition, Otis made three types of hall and car stations; the first one is just a basic steel panel, the second one is a white surface mounted panel, and the third one is a dark grey surface mounted panel. The arrival chime used is the same as the Mitsubishi chime. Hall lanterns, if present, are illuminating squares with the arrow printed on them. There was also a hall indicator with analogue display, featuring illuminating squares with the number and arrow printed on them. In Japan, these fixtures were used in Otis Spec Alsa and Spec Creses elevators throughout the 1990s.

A lot of Asian YouTube elevator enthusiasts refer to these fixtures as "Otis 3200 fixtures", due to the fact that these fixtures were also used in Otis 3200 elevators in the 2000s which were made in China. However, Otis 3200 is not the official name of these fixtures.

2000s to current


Otis continued on making the Otis 2000 fixtures in the early 2000s when they launched the Otis Gen2 machine room less elevator in 2000, which was primarily targeted towards the European markets (although it was also sold in the Asia Pacific region). However, they were still used in the Otis 2000 elevators.

In Europe, these fixtures are used in several different elevator designs of Gen2 elevators, they are Lumina, Optima, Selecta, Resista and Ambience. The design of these fixtures varies on each elevator designs. In Russia, the Otis 2000 fixtures are also used in Otis 2000R[15] and Otis NEVA[16] elevators.

Fixtures used in the Lumina design

The 2000 fixtures in the Lumina elevator design uses surface mounted panel without lights on both sides. In addition, the buttons do not have plates, instead there are only white illuminating tactile symbols and braille next to the buttons. The floor indicator and data plate do not have chicklet plates on them.

Fixtures used in the Optima design

The 2000 fixtures in the Optima elevator design look the same as the 1990s version and the ones used in the Selecta design, featuring curved, surface-mounted panels with two vertical lights on the sides of the panel. The button plates are now oval shaped, but other than that everything else remains unchanged. Other floor buttons can be mounted as an option[17].

Fixtures used in the Selecta design

The 2000 fixtures in the Selecta elevator design look the same as Optima and older Otis 2000 fixtures, but button plates can be excluded as an option. There are also yellow electro luminescent display and black LCD floor indicators.

Fixtures used in the Resista design

The 2000 fixtures in the Resista elevator design has a vandal resistant style, with vandal resistant concave buttons. They also have braille plates with white scripted numbers or symbol, similar to the American Otis Series 5 fixtures.

Australian 2000 fixtures

The Australian Otis 2000 fixtures are slightly different than the European version. These fixtures uses different braille plates for the buttons, and the panel is just a flat steel panel. The LCD indicator, however, remains unchanged. There is also a LED dot matrix indicator available which is a continuation of the Otis LED indicator from the 1970s using the same font. These fixtures are only found in Australia and also New Zealand.

Other styles of Otis 2000 fixtures

These are some other styles of Otis 2000 fixtures that are either custom made or made exclusively for special elevators only in certain countries.

Fixtures used in Singapore MRT stations

These fixtures were designed exclusively for elevators installed in the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system in 2003. They consist of Otis 2000-style vandal resistant concave buttons and generic LED indicators, showing the floor number and floor details (such as "STREET LEVEL", "CONCOURSE LEVEL", etc.). These fixtures are currently used in all elevators installed in stations of the North East Line (NEL), as well as certain stations in other lines such as Changi Airport (East West Line/Tanah Merah Extension) and Orchard Road (North South Line, installed in 2009).

Fixtures used in China-made Otis elevators

These fixtures are the same as the ones used in the 1990s Japanese Otis elevators. They are widely used in China made Otis elevators, such as the Otis 3200[18], Otis 4000[19], certain Gen2[20][21] and few other traction elevator models in Asia. The design of these fixtures remained the same as the 1990s Japanese version, featuring the same button and indicator types. However, the black square buttons have been removed. Also by this time, concave buttons, Series 3 style electroluminescent indicators, and a new hall lantern became available as an option. The concave buttons and were only available in Otis 4000[19] and Gen2 Premier[20] elevators, while the electroluminescent indicators were available in Otis 3200[18] and 4000[19] elevators. Many Asian YouTube elevator enthusiasts refer to these fixtures as "Otis 3200", due to the fact that the fixtures were widely used in Otis 3200 elevators. However, 3200 is not the official name of these fixtures.

Xizi Otis fixtures

Further information: List of Xizi Otis elevator fixtures.

These fixtures look the same as the "Otis 3200" fixtures mentioned above, except that the labeling on the square buttons is slightly different, and the arrows on the inside floor indicator are orange instead of green. The concave buttons could also be used. These fixtures were used in Otis OH5000 and certain Gen2 elevators. In addition, Series 3 call stations and hall lanterns could also be combined with these fixtures.

Series 3

Otis Series 3 fixtures are still offered in the Asian market for special orders. Only the call stations and hall lanterns are known to have been used. It is unknown if a standard set of Series 3 car station is also offered. In addition, the hall lanterns are now powered by LEDs instead of conventional bulbs.

Japanese fixtures (2000s)

These fixtures are normally found in Japan, and used in Otis OrderRevo[22], SpecRevo, Spec Tiara, and older Japanese Gen2 elevators. They are also found in other Asian countries as well. These fixtures use round domed shaped buttons with orange illuminating number or character. Otis's concave buttons could also used in these fixtures. The floor indicator is a digital display with orange segments.

Fixtures used in Otis Compass elevators

Otis's destination dispatch system, named Compass, replaces the conventional call buttons in the elevator lobby on each floor with either a wall-mounted keypad panel or large LCD touch display. It also replaces the floor buttons inside the cab, as the floor number is entered outside the cab, except for Hybrid Configuration where floor buttons inside are functional. For the wall-mounted keypad panel, it has the telephone-style keypad buttons and LCD screen above the buttons. Buttons inside the elevators varies.

2010s to current

Fixtures used in Asia

These are current fixtures used in most Otis elevators in Asia since the late 2000s. They are used in the Otis GeN2-Regen MRL/MR[23] (low to mid-rise), OH5000 (mid-rise)[24], XO 8000 (high-rise)[25], and FOVF freight elevators.

BR27A/BR27A(B) buttons

These are round concave buttons with illuminating halo and a button plate, similar to the newer Hong Kong version of Otis Series 3 buttons. There are two versions of these buttons; BR27A which have tactile only and BR27A(B) which have both tactile and braille.

BR27B/BR27B(K) buttons

These are round concave buttons similar to those used in Otis Series 3 fixtures. Two versions exists for these buttons; BR27B(K) which has a tactile next to the buttons, and BR27B which has no tactile; the latter ones are commonly used as landing call buttons.

BR32C/BR32C(B) buttons

These are surface mounted round buttons with braille and blue/red/white light. The non-braille version is called BR32A.

BS34D(B) buttons

These are square buttons with illuminating halo, braille and tactile.

BS34E/BS34F/BS34F(B) buttons

These are square metal buttons with illuminating halo and lamp. The version which has braille marks is called BS34F(B).

BS35A buttons

These are white glass-like square buttons which illuminates blue or red.

BR36A/BR36A(B) buttons

These are round stainless steel buttons with illuminating halo as well as both tactile legend and braille marks. The version that has no braille marks is called BR36A.

Unknown buttons used for modernization

These are round surfaced mounted buttons with blue halo, which are different from BR32A buttons. This fixture is often combined with a STN-LCD floor indicator display (see below).


These are rounded glass square buttons with illuminating halo.