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How a switch is formed

How is a switch formed? After years of use, it seems logical that no attention is paid to such an important element of an electrical connection. Quality switches, like those from M2B, are known to be reliable and perform exceptionally well. However, the parts and connections that make them essential are not always known.

The anatomy of a switch

The anatomy of the switch is characterized by being divided into several fundamental parts that guarantee that it will fulfill its function. From a mechanical point of view, they all have the following elements:

  • Two separate contacts, made of metal or some electrically conductive material or connectors.
  • The joining of the contacts by means of a moving part. They are the acting and the actuator. It is made of a resistant and non-electrically conductive material to avoid accidents.
  • Two cables covered with insulating material: one input and one output.

After internal assembly, a trim is placed to cover the connections made. There are custom options that make it easier to integrate the switch into the decorative style of the room where you want to place it.

Thus, there are models that are embedded in the wall, others that are activated with the foot and others that are connected to a cable and a plug for easy use. If the switch is industrial, a standard trim made of a material with greater resistance to impacts and dirt is used.

Basics of switch operation

The operation of the switches is quite simple. When connected to an electrical system, the current is constantly present. When the actuator is pressed, the connectors separate allowing electricity to pass through.

The electrical cable is made up of three cables (ground, neutral and metallic) and is connected to the light socket. If you want the switch to work for different light outlets, it is necessary to use switches. The actuator can also close the current passage after being pressed again.

It is important to indicate that a switch is not only used to have electrical energy in a room or installation. At the same time, it is also used as an essential part of connected circuits that operate in parallel. Thus, it is easier to have different distribution points for electrical energy and even to isolate the different outlets more effectively.

In this case, vias and poles must be incorporated depending on the required functions and the voltage differences between the circuits. The same thing happens when a switch is installed to activate an electrically powered device. Its anatomy will be the same, but its size may vary depending on each particular case.

After discussing how a switch is formed and how it works, we can only invite anyone who is interested to review our commercial offer and visit our blog. In this way, you will be up to date with everything related to electromechanics. We design products tailored to each client. Contacting us is synonymous with professionalism and total adaptability to all types of electrical systems.

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