how are lighting switches rated?

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by tony8404, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. tony8404

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Hey everyone, i have some homework questions to answer but am stuck on one that may be simple but for the love of god i cannot find it in my chapter and i read it twice...

    question is .... Explain how lighting switches are rated?

    Maybe it may not be a direct paragraph the answer is in so i am just asking here incase i am missing something. thanks
  2. beenthere

    Retired Moderator

    Apr 20, 2004
    All switches are rated for current by the manufacturer. By going to a catalog or the manufacturer's web site and looking up the number, you can see the rating for that particular switch.

    If you are referring to ordinary wall toggles, then it's safe to assume 15 amps. Some can be had with ratings for 20 amps, though. Most often, for common commercial switches, the rating will be on the switch.
  3. Matsukaze

    New Member

    Apr 2, 2008
  4. jtolcou

    New Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Lighting switches have a current as well as a voltage rating.