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Old 05-25-2010, 10:00 PM   #1
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Hey Guys,

I'm not happy with the illuminated rockers I purchased from Newark.

Would anyone be interested in showing off your goods

The requirements:

DPST (but could go SPST)
Illuminated
Round if possible (cutting squares or rectangles is gonna be a bitch)
120VAC
Cheap-ish

Thanks Guys,

Bryan


 
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:07 PM   #2
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Cheap is relative - But I like these for my rig:
22mm Pushbuttons & Indicators > Illuminated Selector Switches >

you have to add contact blocks and light blocks, but you can make them into whatever you want. DPDT, SPDT, DPST, and anything in between. SPST lighted could be as cheap as $11.00

Plus, it's a 22mm round hole
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What does the primary pressure gauge on the tank tell us? That's right, the temperature. Put it on a scale if you want to know how much is in it...
Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!

 
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Old 05-26-2010, 01:50 AM   #3
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Ive seen the 22mm switch assemblies, and while they are quite nice, I was thinking about using something complete...

Maybe like these...

I love the low profile led anti-vandal switches seen here but they are pricey...

In an ideal world there are some cheaper alternatives but with some flair???

Thoughts?

 
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Old 05-26-2010, 02:00 AM   #4
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Bulgin makes great illuminated switches. They are not cheap but they are very nicely made, have very nice illumination, and look great. They also make DPDT switches but I have not seen any of those that are illuminated.

 
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Old 05-26-2010, 07:25 PM   #5
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SweetSounds,

Do you know if the company your ref makes a push-button switch... Push on-Push-off? I'm thinking your source may be the way to go, with te cheapos only being $5 Less.....

 
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:00 PM   #6
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I don't see one.
http://factorymation.info/catalog/fmcat_pb_22mm.pdf

Not to say they don't exist.

But, you could always add a latching relay
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What does the primary pressure gauge on the tank tell us? That's right, the temperature. Put it on a scale if you want to know how much is in it...
Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!

 
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:35 PM   #7
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What is the total footprint of these switches under the chassis?

My box is getting pretty crowded and I want to try to keep things clean, if you know what I mean...

If I'm correct, the switches you ref are rotary (On/Of)? While it doesn't really matter, is the off position 12 o'clock and the on at 3??? Do they "snap" into position well when you switch them?

Thanks.

 
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:51 PM   #8
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Never mind.... I found the answers on the product data pages.

I'm going to pull the trigger and give these a try.

Many Thanks!

 
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:56 PM   #9
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I believe they turn about 45 degrees. The clock orientation depends on how you rotate them in the hole...

They aren't small.
Here is a lamp and a switch compared to a CD. The crappy cell phone pic makes them look bigger than they really are, but you get the CD for reference. i don't have a tape handy...





Note: this switch has the double pole contacts attached. The single pole contacts are as short as the block on the lamp module...
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Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!


 
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:07 AM   #10
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I found the illuminated switches to be crazy expensive for large quantities.

So for the cheapo route, I went with some DPDT toggle switches and used and RGB LED for status (red = manual off / green = manual on / blue = auto).


 
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