Selector switches are equipped with different switch styles. For instance, there is rotary switch style, changeover selector switch, stereo-audio type, slide switch, rotary changeover switch, etc. A rotary switch is easy to use, it can control different circuits all with one switch just by rotating them. Similarly, the slide switch is excellent for small circuits that usually operate on batteries.
Dimensional and Positional Categorisation
The selector switches come in different dimensions. Firstly, make sure you take into account two essential measurements: the panel mounting diameter and the panel thickness, along with the total size. Two-position 0-1 and three-position 1-0-2 are the most common ones. If you wish to expand your machine’s usability in the future it is better to go with a 3 position switch as you will not need to remove or change your previous circuits before expansion.
The different materials that a switch is made-up of are: plastic, polycarbonate, metal, alloy. The switch handle should be thick plastic to give enough grip and the panel should be thick metal to bear the wear and tear on each use. In addition, IP(Ingress Protection) rating is essential, look for IP69k on switches that will be used in critical environment conditions of extreme heat and constant moisture as this is the highest rating there is. If you are sure there won’t be any moisture in the machine’s environment, a rating of IP40 would also suffice.
Requirement Based Features
Some selector switches have an astronomic timing program that turns on and off the lights as per the set astronomic clock. The digital display is also there in some of the selector switches. Some switches may not require batteries. There is also waterproof grade available in some of the selector switches(check IP rating’s second digit for this, more is better). Stereo-input and output jacks selector switches are best for the audio toolbox, amplifiers, and guitar repeater pedals.
Categories Simillar to Selector Switches includes Current Switches, DIP Switches and Pushbutton Switches