Detecting Lever Pressing?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by jarwulf, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. jarwulf

    Thread Starter Member

    Jul 7, 2013
    Hi, when you pull on a lever the white piece of plastic shown here juts out further. I would like to be able to detect the lever press.


    The closest I can figure is to place a 5mm button like this


    On top of a U shaped piece PVC 'bracket' and tape it over the lever piece to try to get the button to be pressed when ever the lever is depressed. However I've run into numerous difficulties including finding a plastic bracket which is the right size, not to little and not too big because space is limited, it never seeming to fit properly, (the pseudo curved dome shape means that a slight shift in placement means a bracket cut to a certain size no longer works) as well as the overall fragility of the setup. Any ideas on how I can make this easier? Thanks
  2. KeepItSimpleStupid

    Well-Known Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    Before and after and a ruler in the picture would not hurt. the actual distance would help too. If I understand correctly, you may be able to use an optical interrupter (miniature electric eye) so to speak.
  3. wayneh


    Sep 9, 2010
    Maybe you could use one of these, at the lever?
  4. mcgyvr

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 15, 2009
    yep.. hundreds of lever/roller lever/etc.. switches out there..

    Make sure its rated to switch the indented load too..
  5. MrChips


    Oct 2, 2009
    Use a micro-switch like this: