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Old 11-13-2015, 04:38 PM   #1
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12v rocker switch post connections

The indicator lights on my switches on my main panel are burning out. I want to switch these out with LED style rocker switches that don't get so hot and burn out. I noticed that when I looked at how crossroads wired the switches, and instead of doing standard automotive switch wiring, they have the constant 12 volt supply wired to the center post of the switch. This is not consistent with automotive switches where the constant 12 volt power is wired to the outside post and the accessory is at the center post. So apparently crossroads uses a different style switch? Can somebody give me some guidance on this.
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:02 PM   #2
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Looks like there is a different switch design -- this one offered by Diamond Group. Still not led though. I'm puzzled as to why the different contact/post configuration? Product Catalog :: Diamond Group
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Old 11-17-2015, 10:55 AM   #3
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Electrically, I'm not really sure it matters. Regardless of what side is energized, the circuit won't work until the switch contact is made.
However, with it hooked up in reverse manner, the "appliance" or whatever is being activated, will be energized but not grounded to operate.
Not sure I'd hook it up that way and potentially "become" the ground myself.
Don't you have enough wire to just flip those wires when attaching to achieve the same result?

Here is the same size led switches that should work.

http://www.delcity.net/store/LED-App...FUyAaQod120Cog
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So if theres 12 v to it full time, you should be able to get part of it to be on in the dark, when its off. Switches like these would work, no?
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...itch+mictuning

Yes, those are off road vehicle switches. My point is the design. 2 LEDs, 1 that illuminates as a guide, 1 that comes on when the switch is on.
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Sure. Just remember that the switch only shuts off the source of completing the circuit, regardless of positive or negative.
The switches you're referring to can complete a circuit to illuminate the switch face, yet, still activate the switched circuit once flipped to the on position.
Electricity is truly predictable with the laws of physics.
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