23 May

Everything you always wanted to know about switches

The switch is one of the most fundamental elements for any electrical circuit system, and it also doubles as one of the easiest to overlook component in such set ups. Every home has more than a single switch, with all homeowners operating these switches on a daily basis, even several times a day without really appreciating the role these components play in making life with electricity better. Switches are some of the easiest to operate in an electrical system and more so they do not demand for any fancy equations just to evaluate their conditions – all you have to do with a switch is select between open and closed. That’s all. So simple, but how could you manage current flow in your home without switches?

The function of a switch can be summarily stated as an electrical component that controls the closedness or openness of the electric circuit and thus completes or interrupts current flow. Switches allow you, the home owner or any other person who need to use the electric system, to control current flow without necessarily having to manually splice the wires conducting the current; this could be too risky and costly anyway.  But switches are not relevant everywhere anyway, they are most needed where there needs to be control over continuity of electric current flow, and where there is need for human interaction with the path of current. That is why you have switches to control your lights in the home, switches to control power to the television set and so on and so forth.

The world of electronics has more than tons of different types of switches, all of which are suited for their different purposes because of the unique characteristics that define them. One of the key differences used in classifying switches revolves around the method of actuation deployed by the switch. The actuation method usually refers to the mechanical technique by which the switch is meant to flip its status between open and closed. These include pushing, sliding, magnetizing, tapping and many other options depending on the specific environment in which the suite operates.

One of the most common switches in the home is the maintained switch, which will stay in its initial state until it is actuated to a new state, after which it assumes this new state indefinitely until it is actuated again. Look onto your wall and you see the light switch. Once you switch it on it will remain on until you switch off the lights gain. Then there is this other kind of switch that is momentary, reverting to an off state immediately after it is actuated to on. If you are reading this information from your computer then you have tens of them just in front of you, the keyboard keys! Tap a key and it types what you want, but it does not continue typing, it goes back to its initial off state.

Whichever type of switch you want for your home or business, we have got it. We also have our team of experts who are willing to help you pin out the most appropriate switch for your use.