What is a Panel Mount Switch?
Panel mount is defined as components that are inserted into a cut out on a panel.
We have further divided our products into sub-categorises to hep you find the right component for your project. Our range of Panel Mount components consist of low profile Pushbutton Switches, Navigation Modules, Rockers, Keylock & Selector Switches, LED Indicators/Pilot Lights and Panel Mount Buzzers.
Push to Make or Push to Break Switch?
A Push to make or ‘Normally Open’ (NO) switch is when an electrical flow is activated in a circuit when the button is pressed. And when the button is released the circuit is then broken and the electrical flow is stopped. This is the most common switch type.
Whereas a Push to Break switch or ‘Normally Closed’ (NC) works in the opposite way, once pressed it stops an existing electrical flow through the circuit.
Poles and Throws
SPST (Single-pole, single-throw) switch has only got one output and one input.
SPDT (Single-pole, double-throw) switches have three terminals, one common pin and two pins which contend for connection to the common. Most suited to devices selecting between two power sources.
DPDT (Double-pole, double-throw) switches are essentially two SPDT switches that control two separate circuits and are switched together by one single actuator.
Momentary or Latching function
A momentary switch only works when there is force pressing the button, once this force is removed the switch is no longer engaged. A latching switch maintains the state once pressed, until the push button is pressed again to release the switch.
LED Illumination Options
RJS supplies both non-illuminated and illuminated push switches. Choosing what type will depend on the function and design of your product. There is a wide range of LED illumination options including single, bi-colour, dual colour or RGB LED illumination. How the illumination is displayed also varies. Variations include;
•Custom text/symbol illumination
A selection of our panel mount switches are available with IP65, IP67 and IP68 rating. This makes the switch weather proof and hard wearing. Appropriate for products suited in the marine industry, as well as varied outdoor equipment.
What are IP ratings?
IP ratings are standards set out by IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) under the 60529 standards document which specifies a classification system on the effectiveness in the sealing of enclosures of electrical equipment. This looks at the protection of factors such as dust and water/moisture.
The IP rating will depend on how hard wearing or weatherproof the component needs to be. For example, a metal push button switch in a swimming pool will need to be waterproof and hence this product will need a higher IP rated switch.
See the chart below outlining the IP rating and its characteristics.
|IP65||Dust tight, protected against water projected from a nozzle.|
|IP66||Dust tight and protected against powerful water jets.|
|IP67||Dust tight and protected from water immersion for 30 minutes between depths of 150mm – 1000mm.|
|IP68||Dust tight and protected against continuous water immersion.|
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