Illuminated Switch help please

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  1. Addbuyer

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    May 26, 2009
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    Hi Guys & Girls!

    I need to put a 12v illuminated switch into a simple circuit but the switch has 4 terminals which is confusing me!:confused:

    I have a 4.2 amp 12v supply (+ & -) and want to run 3 computer fans which will draw less than 1 amp

    I purchased one of these switches to do the job http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=34859

    Two of the terminals are marked only i.e. one marked Plus the other negitive, but the other two terminals aren't marked and so i can't figure out how to wire it up

    If it had been a three terminal switch then i believe one would be power in, one would be power out and the third would be ground

    Can any of you help please. Thanks Andy
     
  2. gerty

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    First make sure the light int he switch is rated fro 12v and not 120.
    From your description it sounds like it is, the +and - being used for a led. The other two terminals are your switch. You would tie the - to the negative or ground, the + would go to the wire that is being switched and the two other terminals would be your + in and your switched out.
     
  3. Addbuyer

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    May 26, 2009
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    Hi Gerty,

    That makes sense now! I will give it a go.

    Thanks for the fast reply

    Andy
     
  4. beenthere

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    The FAQ indicated that a 430 ohm resistor is needed for 12 volt operation so the LED does not burn out.
     
  5. gerty

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    Good catch beenthere, I forgot all about the resistor!!
     
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