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

Posted by eddcole 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Switches

Hey i just went and bought some flip switches at radio shack and i am installing it on an old keyboard i have. i connected the wires fine and when i touch the wire it makes the sound i desire, but when i attach the wire to the switch nothing happens. I just want to know what i am doing wrong and what the correct way of attaching the wire to the switch is. Thanks.

Posted by Cailen 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


Switching

I have five existing wall lights that are hard wired to a single switch, running on 230v a/c It's impossible to run alternate wiring as it's all embedded in the walls (which are three feet thick.)   I am going to convert each light to be dual-function, with (a) background candle-LEDs and (b) a couple of 5w LED spotlights Already I have acquired 12v LED drivers and step-down transformers (12v to 5V) for the candle LEDs.   What I wanted to figure out was some electronincs to allow me to control them all by using the existing in-wall wires and perhaps replacing the wall switch with a push-button switch. What I had in mind was to be able to achieve different functions sequentially, possibly using an IC like a 4017. However, I'm only a beginner at electronics, and I haven't been able to figure out a way to do it.   One sequencing that would be effective, commencing with an all-off situation, would be:   1st press = candle lights only on   2nd press = LED spotlights on (Candle bulbs remain on)   3rd press =  All off   Cycle then repeats.   If this proves to be impossible, I also considered the idea of short and long presses, which could trigger a timer for the long press to acomplish some switching   The power of 230v a/c will also be travelling down the same wires to give power to the 12v LED drivers in each lamp, so I'm actually talking about sequential presses on a 230v a/c circuit.

Posted by colinstcharles 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


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.

Asked by catsnw 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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.

Asked by budhaztm 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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?

Posted by tic tac man 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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?

Posted by guyfrom7up 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


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.

Asked by Ben Torok 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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.

Posted by Jordo 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


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.

Asked by the mechanical engineer 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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

Posted by Nanow 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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

Posted by Don Amada 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


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.

Posted by arunsun 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


BlueTooth switch

Hello from France,I would like to build a simple voltage amplifier BUT remoted by a blueTooth switch.What kind of materiel do i have to set on my board circuit for this bluetooth connection ?Thx

Asked by YannickG10 2 months ago


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

Posted by number8wire 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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

Posted by walee 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Limiting Switch? Answered

I don't have time to do the research right now, but I am going to make a projector mount that comes out f the ceiling, does anyone know how to set it up so that when it reaches the bottom the motor auto stops. It will be a two way switch, one for up position and one for down position.

Asked by jj.inc 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Bait & Switch

Thanks for the Bait & Switch.... Page prices for quarterly are shown as $3.95 per quarter. So I selected it, as it would be cheaper than the 2 year term over the same period. Got to checkout and it was switched to $11.95 a quarter.....so I was forced to purchase the 2 year plan....trying to save a few dollars on the subscription you know. Feel free to refund the difference between the $3.95 per quarter(advertised on your site)  for 2 years opposed to the $39.95 I had to pay. THANKS AUTODESK!

Posted by r4n 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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;   } }

Asked by moonwa 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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

Asked by ReconIII 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


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

Asked by alphashark45 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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?

Posted by ambientvoid 2 years ago  |  last reply 12 months ago


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  

Asked by techxpert 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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.

Asked by bradleynelson102 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


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?

Asked by sf49ers 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


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.

Posted by bastafari 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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

Asked by RoboRay 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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)

Asked by JustinH16 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


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

Posted by tyler9613 9 years ago


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?

Posted by Soileau 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Air Switch Dimmer

I would like to make a switch like the one in mathmos Air Switch. i am not sure how to but could this be done. or is there some thing close that i can do? need it for a school project. thanks pyr0000

Posted by pyr0000 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


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?

Asked by 101yummYYummy101 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Tactile / Joystick Switches

I'm looking for small, four-directional (with or without center-push), "joystick" style switches, like the SKQU series (PDF), except perhaps a little larger, through-hole, and with caps, like here (PDF). (see item "G").But more importantly, I'd like to know if there's a better way to refer to them, or more exact terminology I could use while searching. Does anyone have experience with these?

Posted by Ian M 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


help understanding this switch

Hi im trying to salvage a dvd drive for a project im working on but i dont seem to be able to replicate how the switch works i can get the drive to open an by applying 5v to the + and - and then reversing the polarity to close the dive but the motor will continuously run until the power is disconnected  so i guess this is where the switch comes in, excuse the picture! i assume that when the momentary button is pressed the switch moves to stage 3 and  allows power to the motor until the switch reaches the next stage where power is then cut off, when the momentary button is pressed again the switch moves back to stage 3  which swaps the polarity and again allows power through, and that cycle carries on each time the momentary button is pressed. stage 1 the dvd drive is closed the swith stays in this position stage 2 the dvd drive is open the swith stays in this position stage 3 the dvd drive is either opening or closing the switch moves to this position when the motor is in use  i have a 5v power supply how would  i wire it up to get it to work properly? it seems like it should be easy enough but either im missing something or im just not getting my head around it properly,

Posted by AbleArcher83 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


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?

Posted by wisconsinrules88 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


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?

Posted by hectma 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


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.

Posted by southautomatic 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


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

Posted by ratjack 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


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.

Posted by 455H013 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Automatic Power Switch

I am looking for someone who is McGuyver-like and able to show me how to build an outlet that allows me to plug in a power tool like say a miter saw and a shop vac. When the outlet senses a power draw from the saw, it`ll power the vacuum to start as well then when the miter is stopped so will the shop vac. I know Craftsman makes this very switch ( http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00924031000P?keyword=auto+switch ) however since it cannot be brought in to Canada, any makers out there?

Posted by Kokopelli2009 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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.

Asked by Kiteman 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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

Posted by karlosantana 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


IS IT POSSIBLE TO REVERSE A SWITCH?

Im building a multiphase coilgun but encountered a problem. In order to activate secondary phases i need a photoelecric switch. In my case it is TCRT5000 photoelectric switch. The problem, however, is that once the ''beam of light'' is shining on it, the switch is turned on, but i need it to be turned off when ''beam'' is directed at the diode and turn on when the ''beam'' is not directed at the diode. How do I do this? And in this case changing polarities wont change anything.

Posted by mondeluz 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


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.

Posted by dlee60 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


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.

Posted by dragon2144 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


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

Posted by Foreverhex 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


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!

Asked by transistorguy 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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!

Posted by um0123 9 years ago


Audio input switch

I need this simple device, because i have two audio interfaces (one for guitar recording and one for vocal recording) and when i change audio interface i need to disconnect output cable, of first interface, from my monitors and then connect output cable from second interface to my monitors. So with this I can choose between two different stereo audio inputs and send one of them to output. I am using TRS connectors, but i will also need XLR version of this. Check out this picture:

Posted by Necrofenser 5 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


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

Asked by GhengisKhan1981 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago