We want to provide a short description of what a Toggle switch is and how it can be incorporated into your design. We are featuring NTE’s Waterproof Toggle and below you will find a link with the specifications for various kinds.
A toggle switch is a mechanism that does one of only two things: “On” and “Off.” The familiar bat-handle switch might provide power to a piece of farm equipment, or nestle among many switches and dials on an airplane control panel. Other examples are the familiar up/down handle of a light switch, and the fancier button that turns on your stereo. Some circuit breakers operate by way of a toggle switch.
The noun “toggle” refers to a pin or knob that keeps something fastened, with applications in the nautical, fashion and carpentry worlds. A knot with a toggle will not untie, and put a ship at danger. A toggle is what a car coat wearer expects to button up. A bolt with a movable crosspiece at the end holds fast in the wall.
The intransitive verb “toggle” means to switch between two options, which brings our discussion to the word “switch.” Relevant meanings for the noun “switch” include “a shift or change” and “a device that shifts or changes something.”
It follows, then, that a toggle switch refers to a mechanism that changes status. An electric toggle switch is a spring-loaded mechanical device that opens or closes an electric circuit when toggled, or manually moved. Depending upon its position, the switch completes or interrupts the flow of electricity.
Joseph Swan demonstrated his new invention, the incandescent lamp, in 1878, and Thomas Edison, his similar invention within the year. What was needed was an effective on/off device. Englishman John Holmes invented the first quick-break light switch in 1884. In 1898, Newcastle-upon-Tyne in northeastern England became the first electricity-lighted city, thanks in part to the toggle switch.
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