Switching

Hi, I am new to electronics although I am an electrician by trade. I need to know if there is a way to switch a load electronically. It needs to switch from one load to another. I also need to know if there is a way to monitor current flow so that it switches when it hits a specified current. Thanks in advance Edd

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A self switching switch? Answered

Does any one know a switch that switches or toggles to another output after each one has had 1 turn  

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Latching switch to a momentary switch?

Basically I want to make a toggle switch to trigger a circuit from on or off. its hard to explain but when the switch is in the on position it triggers a circuit momentarily. When I switch the switch off i need it to trigger the circuit again. Its for a 4 wheel drive module for my bronco and its momentary push buttons that I want t o convert to a toggle switch.

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Wireless switch? Answered

I need to learn how to build a wireless switch that can turn something on like lets say a coilgun. I need it to be wireless so that i can stand back behind cover and fire my coilgun and do other things without harming myself or my classmates.

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USB to switch?

I am building a backlit keyboard, and I wanted to hook it up to a switch. How would I make it from the USB, or the default connector, to a switch?

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led switch

My dad is redoing his basement and he wants to have a panel of switches with leds above them.  so that when the switch is on the led above it is on to.  does anyone know how to do this?

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switch help

I'm doing a school contest with a car which requires a toggle switch. I'm gtoing to use a dcd to dc converter to give me an edge. The only problem is that it needs to be a momentary switch. whenever you push the switch down it goes on. Whenever you push it down again it turns off. Any idea for a circuit so that a spdt (3 pins) toggle switch will act like a momentary switch each time it's flicked for a time like a second?

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Ultraviolet Switch?

I am trying to figure out a way to make a switch that is activated by a UV light. I have looked all over the web and cannot find a thing on this subject. The reason that I am trying to do this is that I recently purchased a Sonic Screwdriver that  has a IV light in the end and I was wanting to make it turn on/off things with the push of a button.

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infrared switch

I was wondering if they make infrared activated switches, so its like wireless. if they do where can I get them, I've seen those 10x things but they don't really appeal to me.

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switch for a coilgun Answered

What is the minimum amperage rating needed for the fire switch and what will happen if u use something lower, like a 20a light switch? also how much one would cost would be nice to. i have heard that 40 or 50 A will work, but i would like to use something smaller, easyer to find, and more affordable. any help would be nice.

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Momentary switches

Hi, Just wanted to know if a momentary switch (normally open) could be used as a on/off switch with out using a relay.  thanks in advance :D

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Switch Timer

Good day, Please i have 2 bulbs/leds, one is green and the other is red. I want to put a time switch between them so that after 10 minutes the red switch off and the green lights up and vice versa till i switch it off. So do you know of any switch that i can use for that purpose, that will operate under 12v, like 5v. Please thanks

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Switching Circuit

Hi, I want to build a Auto-Switching circuit. I would appreciate if you could help me on circuit. Sorry for my ignorance in circuit design. There are two power sources A and B. The A is 12v and B is 3v.I would be utilizing the power from A only when B is turned On. So an auto switching circuit is required in this scenario. The circuit should sense if B is On, if so it should let A On.

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Current switch? Answered

I have some solar panels that produce 3v at 175ma. I was wondering if i could somehow make a switch to have it turn on when the panels are producing at least 100ma. Maybe also a switch for 150ma too :) Any ideas?? If additional voltage is needed it shouldn't be a problem :) Thanks!

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Switch problem

I have a question for the electronics gurus out there. I have a circuit that I want to activate for a set length of time (I'm using a 555 timer for this) when a door is closed and not operate again until the door is opened and then closed again.  I'm an electronics newbie.  The one-shot 555 circuits I have seen rely on using a momentary switch, but in this case the switch will remain closed as long as the door is so the circuit will remain active.  Are there switches available that will close and open while remaining fully depressed?  Or is there an equivalent circuit that will work with an ordinary momentary switch? Two more things:  the door is very small so the solution must be small; also the circuit will run on batteries so the solution can't be a power drain. Thanks in advance, I hope this makes sense to someone! Kerry

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electronic switch

Hi, i'm a bit new to electronics. I was wondering if its possible to turn on the flow of current by another electrical signal. Yes, i know about transistors and relays but these switches turn off as soon as the second current is stopped, how to make this change in switch permanent, i'll be precise, i'm working on a laser alarm system, and it works fine, but the thing is that when i block the laser, sure the buzzer goes off, but when the obstruction is moved, the buzzer turns off, how can this be kept on until turned off manually by a switch. i know it must be quite simple but i dont know, please help thanks

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Switch button

I have connect Arduino with wave shield and 2 switch buttons to play wave when the buttons are pressed but it played it automatically with out any press and it repeat I don't now why .. void loop() {   trackNum = findGPSLatLng();   Serial.println(trackNum);     // Get if a button was pushed   buttonState1 = digitalRead(buttonPin0); buttonState2 = digitalRead(buttonPin1);        if(buttonState1 == HIGH && previous1 == LOW && millis() - time > debounce)   {     audioSelectFlag = 1;   }   else if(buttonState2 == HIGH && previous2 == LOW && millis() - time > debounce)   {    audioSelectFlag = 2;   } time = millis();     //  here is the wave files to play   switch (trackNum) {     case 5:     if(audioSelectFlag == 1  || audioSelectFlag == 2)         playcomplete("1.WAV");         break;         case 1:       if(audioSelectFlag == 1)         playcomplete("1.WAV");       else if(audioSelectFlag == 2)         playcomplete("1b.WAV");       break;     case 2:       if(audioSelectFlag == 1)         playcomplete("2a.WAV");       else if(audioSelectFlag == 2)         playcomplete("2b.WAV");       break;     case 3:       if(audioSelectFlag == 1)         playcomplete("3a.WAV");       else if(audioSelectFlag == 2)         playcomplete("3b.WAV");       break;   } }

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On and Off Switch?

I have a kiln that I need maintained at a certain temperature for an extended period of time (9 hours). Problem is  the kiln I got doesn't maintain its temp, it just constantly supplies heat until it would kill itself. Making me sit there for 9 hours turning it on and off exactly once a min. Obviously this is a problem... there is a physical on and off switch where maybe I can rig up some timer to hit it for me? Otherwise maybe there is a way to modify the wall outlet to supply power 1 min on, 1 min off? Any suggestions would help, thanks :D  http://www.clay-king.com/images/quickfriec.jpg

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How do I switch a Push button Switch to a toggle switch?

I bought EL wire and the power is a push button switch and would like to know how i could change it to a toggle switch also if anyone knows how to change it from battery powered to powered by the car ild greatly appreciate it for that I was thinking of using a fuse tap though

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wiring a dpdt switch like a dpst switch

I need a DPST rotary switch so that i can turn on two circuits at once but the closest i've been able to find with appropriate ratings is a DPDT switch, is it possible to wire it up to my circuits in such a way that it works like a DPST switch? I've attached an example diagram i found of a DPDT switch, if i was to disconnect the lamp from pin 1 and the buzzer from pin 2 would the first position of the switch become Off and the second position become On powering the LED and speaker? also assuming that the LED and speaker only connected back to their respective batteries and not to each other, could i attach a low voltage battery to pin 3 for the LED and a higher voltage battery to pin 4 for the speaker without causing damage?

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trigger momentary switch/button via switch

What i try to accomplish is very simple. my Airconditioner has a Push button (momentary switch) to turn it off and on. but the Thermostat brings permanent power it it want the A/C to be on. i could make a simple delay setup for 1 sec. or so to trigger a relay but then i can't be sure its really on or of. how can i ensure its turned on via an timer relay safely if the control wire has power ? any recomentation on existing products or schematics ? i can check the "real status" via other parts on the airconditioner easy .. i just need a way to ensure ON and OFF based on the command line is High or Low ..  any ideas ? 

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Replace mechanical switch with electrical switch or replay

0I have a remote controller for a portable heater, and working on a small project to be able to control the fan on/off from an arduino with Bluetooh HM-10 module. I thought a solenoid might work by mounting on top of the remote but it doesnt have enough force, I want to remove/desolder the mechanical button and figure out a way to control it without the switch but kind dont really know what circuit I should use, kind of just learning how to use arduino.Images of remote and button traces below.Any idea how I could wire this up to arduino via some switch/relay circuit? Any circuit design / schematic would be helpful(See pics attached)

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How to use a 555 timer to switch a switch? Answered

I was thinking about making an intervalometer circuit for time lapse use on cameras. I was thinking of using this link https://www.instructables.com/id/Time-Lapse-Intervalometer-for-SLRs-with-555-timer-/ . I was thinking of adding a 22uf cap, as well as the normal 220uf cap, and then adding a 2200 uf cap, for a highly flexible range of time (ranging from a few seconds to about an hour), choosable by switch. I am starting to run into trouble at the camera connection itself. While i am fine with a cable, i would rather go with a wired remote, and using it to do the equivalent of pushing the remote buttons (instead of going through the cable itself). So i need a way to connect the two switch points electronically, rather than mechanically. Also is there a way to have it focus first, then take the photo? This circuit would also be good for cameras that do not have remote connectors, just go in to the camera and solder the switch points up, then hook them to this circuit. Would also work with a wireless remote. Hook it to the remotes switch and go from there. Just need a little help finding out what to do to get it to work the way i want to :) Thanks

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Infinite Rotary Switch? Answered

I'm looking for the search term I need to find a "Rotary Switch" That spins very smooth and will keep spinning indefinitely like a volume control switch.

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Remotely activated switch? Answered

Howdy, I'm workin on a project with LEDs and I wanna know if there is a switch I can remotely activate?

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Need help with switches.

II have two switches. One momentary and one latching. Both have leds and want to wire them so that the LEDs turn on or off when the latching switch is activated. Please see pictures as they are not regular 2 or 3 poled switches. Thanks.

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Switch with led inside?

Hi, I want to add this switch to my circuit. I currently have a switch with no led light inside. If I add this to my circuit, will I need resistors for my switch? and will I need to redo all the resistors for my circuit? I currently have 4 LEDs with 680ohms resistors on the circuit.  thanks

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LED on/off switch? Answered

I'm looking for an instructable that would point me in the direction of how to make an led red/green light for when my roomate is allowed to come in (Socks are no longer working)

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Cat5 Changeover Switch?

Is there anyway to make a switch that switches between cat5 connections? For example, if I have 5 wires running to a rack with some switches in it, and wire one goes bad, I want to be able to turn the switch and then it will start using wire number two instead. How would I go about doing this? Any help would be appreciated :) -Tyler

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Is there a switch that reverses polarites? Answered

 Is there or do I need to get complicated?

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Question about switches...

I am very new to electrical projects. Please be nice. Does it matter which side is positive or negative on a switch?

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LT Spice Switches?

I have a simple question... If anyone here knows about the program LTSpice, is it possible to create switches that are manual, like pushbutton switches, spdt/dpst/etc., not automatic switches?

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USB Light Switch

I have a spare light switch and I want to convert it to play a song when I flip the switch. How could I do that?

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Motion Sensitive Switch

I'm trying to come up with a switch that activates when it is moved. Ultimately it would connected to a sound device and a small sample would be played every time the unit is picked up. Any suggestions on how I should go about doing this?

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How to wire a switch

Hi I would like to know how this switch should be wired up. I am using it on a drill press. It has 2 relays 1/ nc zb2-be102 2/ no zb2-be101. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks ratjack

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k and a slide switch

I got a k and a slide switch and i dont know how to use it to connect the wires to it.

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Wireless DPDT Switch?

How can I make a wireless DPDT Switch for my robot. I'll be using a receiver and transmitter system but have no idea how to control the DPDT Switch using that.

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Help with shaker switch

I need help with a circuit i have been contemplating. I want the circuit to be off until the device has been shaken and it will stay on for a bit afterwards. I am not sure if a shaker switch is the correct device to do this.I saw them on this site hereI would also like to know if the switch (if it does what i think it does) would turn the circuit on until shook again, or if it would be permanently on, or if it is only one while being shook. Thanks for the help.

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Does this switch exist? Answered

It may just be my google-fu failing me, but I can't find switch I am sure must exist: A sliding switch with reversing (DC) polarity. At one end of the slider, power is full "forward".  Slide the controller, and power decreases.  Reach the centre, and power is zero/off.  Slide past the centre, and power increases again, but with reversed polarity, ie in reverse.

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Switches controlled by a PC

Hi everybody, I'm building a carputer and I have some LED's that will eventually pulse with music. My plan is to have a three way switch, however as I found a tutorial on how to make LED's pulse with music using an Arduino, is it possible I can make the arduino become a three way switch aswell? so I can have the led's on - Pulse with music - or off. Thanks in advance Guys Kyle

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Led light & switch

Hi, I've purchased a wooden toy kitchen, for my daughter. I want to add a couple of special effects to it, for realism. There's one part I don't know exactly how to do and I don't know the correct terminology for the parts I need. So any advice would be greatly appreciated. basically, the pretend oven part of the kitchen, I'd like to add a push to make, illuminated switch to the panel that houses the pretend dials. I want this switch to be connected to a battery, hidden inside the play oven & upon pressing it, not only does the switch itself light up, it powers some red led lights. This is so when my daughter presses the button, it'll light up red inside, to give the impression it's hot, the oven has a Perspex panel, so the red light will be noticeable. I'm unsure how many led lights I'd need, it's probably 1 cubic foot in volume & doesn't need to be overly bright. So what type of push button switch, what types of LED & how many, what batteries and what other components would I need?   Sorry for the lack of knowledge & thanks for any advice.

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temperature controlled switch

I I'm working on a water spray kit for my intercooler on my car and i want the pump to turn on when the air outside is => 50 and the intercooler is like 15-75 > then the air i want both of the them to be adjustable. I i could make it activate when its like >50 the and it activate 30 above that the out side air or something like that could and one help me out the a schematic.

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Multi circuit switch

I'm sure everyone on here has seen a million post on switches but this is a bit different... maybe. I need a switch that has 3 positions on-off-on. I have seen these. The only thing is I need it with multiple circuits. I don't know how to explain it, but I think I need something different. More like 4 pins instead of 3. Im very new to the DIY scene so if this is a absolutely stupid question let me know. I'm sure I'll have more to come! lol

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Sound activated switch

Hey, my friend is a drummer and he's trying to install LEDs inside each one of his toms that would come on when he hits the tom. He doesn't know anything about electronics so he asked me and I don't know much either so I'm asking all you awesome people at Instructables. What I want is a simple sircuit that will not cost me above £5 that will allow me to do what I mentioned above. I have a soldering iron and can solder stuff easily so I just need the parts and (preferably a stripboard) layout. He will be using a max of 16 red 2v 20mA LEDs in each tom so the circuit will have to be able to supply either approx. 32v 20mA if in series, or 2v 320mA if in pararell. So, any recommendations?

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Looking for a type of switch

Hi People of Instructables! I hope I am posting in the right place. I am looking for a switch that when you walk pass a point it shuts off and when you walk the other way past that point goes back on.   For example... I have a flash-light in my hand, when I walk through a doorway into a house the light turns off.  I go through the doorway the other way (to the outside) the light turns on. Conditions: It has to be able to do this through cloth as the flashlight could be in my pocket. It can only work when you walk through the doorway but not when standing near the doorway Does anything like this exist?  if yes what is it called? I have been searching the 'net and not been successful as I don't have a clue what I am looking for. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading my post! TheLastPrincess

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Switch/Relay Question? Answered

I've been working alot with capacitors recently at a voltage of 330v or so. I've been using this cap bank to discharge into whatever I feel like. Wires (to watch them pop), cds (to "erase" them), etc. Anyway, one problem I've been having is the switches. I flip the switch, it discharges the capacitors and it should work fine. The only problem is the switches are only worth one shot. And I'm using the biggest I can find. (Rated for 15 Amps). I realize that the capacitors are discharging instantly, and the amperage is probably higher then what its rated for, but I expected to get more then one shot out of it. Any suggestions besides a bigger switch? (I've considered using a series of relays for each capacitor, but that gets expensive.) Thanks!

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Touch Lamp Switch?

Is there such a thing as a switch that is touch sensitive so just a tap will activate it. I want to make a lamp out of an empty glass coke bottle and i want to be able to touch the cap to activate it. Im looking for a small piece of silver metal that will match the cap so i can place it on top, OR a way to make the actual cap the switch. Thanks!

Topic by um0123 


IR Switch. Will this work? Answered

Hi Guys & Girls Obviously, i am new to this and my electronics knowledge is very limited. Let me first explain what my desired outcome is and then proceed with the questions i have. In the schematic below i connected two circuits that i found. One is a infrared receiver and the other a flip flop. With that, the following needs to happen : when the user presses a button on a IR transmitter aimed at the receiver circuit in the schematic it is sent through pin 3 to the flip flop circuit which in turn puts the relay in a (permanent) ON state. When the user presses the same button again, the process is repeated and puts the relay in a (permanent) OFF state. So bottom line a 1 button/channel IR press on press off switch to switch my 12v circuit on/off. Here are my questions: 1. Is the receiver circuit correct as i have drawn it i.e. will it work? 2. Is the flip flop circuit correct as i have drawn it i.e. will it work? 3. Where i have the red circle : 1. Is the connection between the receiver and flip flop circuit there correct? 2. Do i need another resistor there? 4. Do i need a “floating resistor” as a R5 around the relay and how does the practical application of this look (on all the diagrams i look at it’s drawn around the relay going from an input to an output on the same wire......does that mean that on the pcb it will run parallel between the “pos+ and neg-“ going into the relay?) 5. Is my relay connection correct within the blue circle? 6. All and all, put together will my circuit work as expected? I know there are probably a whole bunch of ways to achieve the result i am looking for and being a noob, this might be the most impractical(i don’t know), but the reason i went this route is because i have these components available to me and if at all possible, i would not want to go and buy other components. Thanks in advance for any help provided. I find it much easier to learn by building the circuits and then seeing with a multi meter etc. what the effects of each component is than reading through all these books and trying to cram everything into this thick skull of mine  Schematic Component Values : R1 = 220k ; R2 = 100k ; R3 = 10k ; R4 = 10k ; R5 = ? C1 = 1uf ; C2 = 0.01uf ; C3 = 10u Rx1 = Any tsop/similar U1 & U2 = 555 timers

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Magnetic switch to USB?

Hi, 1st post hope you can help! I'm trying to find a way of getting analog data (from an exercise bike) and store it onto a computer in a text file so I can manipulate it and work out averages etc. I thought of having a magnetic switch on the pedal so that everytime the pedal rotates I can store the time thus giving me the speed. Does anyone know if such a cable already exists or if not how to go about creating one? Also if anyone has a better way of getting the data I'd love to hear from you. Many thanks Adam

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adjustable light switch?

​i really have no idea what im doing but you might be able to help. Im working on a model train layout. the Model train transformers or really any three prong electrical device would plug into this. what i want is for a kid to press a button the train goes for 2 min then stops. the child does this 4 more times. after the train stops  for the 5th time it activates a cool down clock for 10 min. it would have to work with electricity from an out lit. Any ideas? other details would be a visable countdown clock.  it would be helpful if the run times and the delay times could be manual adjusted.

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