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Toggle Switches Toggle switches are switches with only two positions: open and closed. Although the definition has evolved over time, toggle switches now comprise any kind of switch that has a short handle and a positive, mechanical snap-action.
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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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As electronic devices have become an indispensable part of life in most developed economies, different ways of interfacing with electronic devices have emerged, each trying to find the safest, most effective means by which commands can be given by users to electronic equipment. Whether that command is the closure of a circuit in a simple lamp or a much more complex command, a means by which a user can control electronic equipment is necessary.

That means must be able to effectively carry out the wishes of the user without risking damage to the equipment or injury to the user. Toggle switches are among the simplest of all tools designed for this purpose. Light switches, electric guitars, portable electronics and a variety of other simple electronic devices can be equipped with toggle switches. They are simple, intuitive and can be less expensive than other switch varieties.

Toggle switches may use a lever, handle or rocker to actuate the switch. In many cases, the term "toggle switch" is used to refer to a snap-action switch or a switch that is designed to move its contacts very quickly from one position to another. Toggle switches are often used for quick switching, connecting and disconnecting in cases when the control devices are mounted very closely to one another. Toggle switches offer many favorable attributes. They are lightweight yet still durable.

They are also extremely versatile, able to perform in many different applications. Toggle switches are often seen in automotives, electronics, appliances, power tools, video cameras, medical equipment, and hand-held devices that are user-interfaced. Toggle switches are very often single pole, single throw (SPST) switches. This means that they involve two terminals that can be either connected or disconnected from each other, depending on the position of the switch.

This is the simplest electric switch configuration, followed by single pole, double throw (SPDT), which allow for switching between circuits. SPDT switches can sometimes be configured as toggle switches, though more complicated switching systems often call for more complicated switch mechanisms, such as rotaries or switch panels.