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Question About AC vs DC Rocker Switch

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by PoiYui, Dec 24, 2004.

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  1. PoiYui

    PoiYui Guest

    I need some advice from an expert in the forum. Can I use a 120VAC
    rocker switch with 12VDC current? The switch will be carrying less than
    6A (75W). It switch's rating is 10A 125VAC/6A 250VAC.

  2. CFoley1064

    CFoley1064 Guest

    Subject: Question About AC vs DC Rocker Switch
    You can probably use it (unless your load is inductive), but it won't last very
    long. DC rated switches will pull the contacts farther apart (because of
    arcing considerations), and also pull away faster than switches that are only
    AC rated.

    Get one that's rated for DC service.

    Good luck
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