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Old 03-10-2009, 10:44 PM   #1
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Default Another "lighted switch" wiring question

As I've already mentioned in other threads, I am building a single-tier, semi-auto, recirculating brew system.

The automation is being handled by the ECC 460, which has also been mentioned in several threads on here.

I also want to be able to manually control the two pumps and two solenoid valves with physical switches.

My current option is to use lighted switches which in theory, are rated for 125v, 16amps. I say "in theory" because I purchased them from ...

"Radio Shack - You've got questions, we've got blank stares".

There's no pinout or wiring schematic on the package. When I asked the counter drone if he knew anything about it, his response was "um, we're not technicians, we really don't know much about that stuff". Hmm, so I say "What about the "you've got questions, we've got answers" motto?" "Well, not THOSE kind of answers. You might try checking google" which is apparently Radio Shack's new product documentation system.

Anyway, heres a pic. It has three pins marked 1, 2, 3. Next to the third pin it appears to say "+ -". Anyone have any idea how to wire this?

Thanks!
Michael


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Old 03-10-2009, 11:53 PM   #2
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Do you have a multi meter? If so, turn the switch to on and check for continuity between 2 poles. once you find it, use those 2 for the switch and the other one is ground.

If you don't have a multimeter, you can use something that's low voltage and try to switch it. (don't use high voltage, bad things could happen)

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Old 03-10-2009, 11:55 PM   #3
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Sorry Mike,
Can't pull up the pics.
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Old 03-11-2009, 12:38 AM   #4
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Old 03-11-2009, 01:09 AM   #5
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What is the part #?

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Old 03-11-2009, 01:21 AM   #6
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If its a transparent rocker, it is probably a neon spdt dwitch. I would assume 2 is the common and 1 and 3 are the switched. I think the light will come on when switched toward the "+/-" side.

If you dont already have a multimeter.. buy one. You shouldnt be doing any sort of wiring without one.. and they are only like 20 bucks.

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You should be able to find the switch at radioshack.com, and post a link here.

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Old 03-11-2009, 02:00 AM   #8
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I can't see the pic either.

But, not to piss in your cheerios, but Mouser Electronics - Electronic Component Distributor probably has the same exact switches for a lot less. Plus, they have some sexy ones that wouldn't be caught dead hanging out at radio smack!

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Just guessing but I have some switches that sound like the ones you described. The light does not come on when the switch is on showing a comlete circuit. The light is meant to be on all the time to find the switch in the dark. To light the light hook up a neut. to the third post. I bought some seperate lights and mounted them next to my switches to show when the switch is on. Just wire them in series, hope this helps.

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+ 1 to Bad Coffee and the Mouser prost. I spent some time there after the intro from Bad Coffee and, as a wiring newb, and I've got a number of things on the way. First on the list - a multimeter.

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