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Both kinds of devices are used by people to achieve some purpose, and in order to control those machines, their users require interface tools that give them control over their devices. Toggles, rotaries, push-buttons and rockers are all examples of such controls. Read More…

Electrical Switches Every device that makes use of electricity must be controlled by an electrical switch of some kind. This is true for the simplest of all electronic devices, such as light bulbs, as well as the most complex machines, such as computers.
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Eden Prairie, MN  |  800-806-6113

The electric switches that we offer here at ALUDEC USA cannot be topped by the competition. We breathe and live precision and that means our products are at the top of the line at all times. It is our goal that each and every customer has their expectations exceeded so that we keep you coming back to us for all of your electric switch needs. Contact us via telephone or email or visit our website today to learn more about how we may be able to assist you!

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ALUDEC USA $$$

Plainville, CT  |  860-793-9281

Carling Technologies is one of the world's largest manufacturers of Hydraulic/Magnetic and Thermal Circuit Breakers, Electrical Switches and Assemblies, and Advanced Systems including Power Distribution Centers and Electronic Control Systems. From switches to custom controls and touch screen displays, Carling provides the most advanced electronic systems for HMI Solutions.

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Carling Technologies, Inc $$$

Shelton, CT  |  203-951-4600

Since 1947, EAO Switch Corporation has built a global reputation for innovation, consistent quality and excellence in the electrical world. Producing electric switch components such as push button switches. EAO maintains high standards in every area of production. Contact us today for a competitive solution to your electronic switch needs!

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EAO Switch Corporation $$$

Little Rock, AR  |  866-600-6040

Carlton-Bates is a distributor of all kinds of electric switches: toggle switches, pushbutton switches, rocker switches, rotary tap and rotary switches, slide switches and more. We were founded in 1929, and are one of the 20 members of the National Electrical Distributors Association (NEDA).

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Carlton-Bates Company $$$

Harbor City, CA  |  310-534-0959

Judco Manufacturing Inc. manufactures and distributes a complete line of switches including pushbutton switches, slide switches, toggle switches, rocker switches, tact switches & custom switches to meet the needs of many applications. Call us for electrical switch needs and be our choice for switches.

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Judco Manufacturing Inc. $$$

Franklin, WI  |  800-824-4031

At MELTRIC, our Switch-Rated plugs and receptacles combine the safety and functionality of a disconnect switch with the convenience of a plug and receptacle into one cost-effective, reliable device. These plugs can be safely connected and disconnected under full load. Since 1982, MELTRIC has been dedicated to ensuring electrical and user safety with every product.

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MELTRIC $$$
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Two of the most common types of electric switches are single-pole and double-pole switches. The simplest type of electrical switch is a single-pole (SP) switch. SP switches have two points, called contacts, that connect to make a circuit and separate to break the circuit. Double-pole (DP) switches, in comparison, have two "on" positions and one "off" position. For example, the fan button on kitchen range hoods has a high-off-low configuration where the two "on" positions provide different voltages.

All electrical switches control whether the circuits to which they are connected are closed or open. An electrical circuit is so named because when it is complete it forms a closed circuit through which electricity passes without interruption. When a circuit is opened, electricity cannot pass without interruption, which ceases the operation of the device involved in the circuit. When a circuit is opened, the switch controlling that circuit can be said to be in the "off" position.

When switched to the "on" position, the switch closes the circuit, allowing again for the continuous flow of electricity through the circuit. Because there are so many different kinds of electronic devices, an equally wide variety of different circuitry options is necessary to accommodate them. In a simple electric light, nothing more than wires, a switch and a power source is necessary for the light's operation. In a computer keyboard, a complex web of circuits embedded on a circuit board is necessary to send signals to an attached processor. In both cases though, switches are used to control the circuitry.

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