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wire for toggle switch? by maybenot
Started on: 02-22-2014 06:01 PM
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Last post by: maybenot on 02-23-2014 07:54 AM
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Report this Post02-22-2014 06:01 PM Click Here to See the Profile for maybenotClick Here to Email maybenotSend a Private Message to maybenotEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
hi guys,
i am putting in 2 toggle switches. which wire is better to control with the switch-pos.or neg.?
if it matters, it is a simple single throw on/off switch. one would control a dash cam and the other a medium size rear yellow strobe bar.
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Report this Post02-22-2014 06:30 PM Click Here to See the Profile for gtoformulaClick Here to Email gtoformulaSend a Private Message to gtoformulaEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Unless the terminals are marked or there are instructions that indicate otherwise it shouldn't matter. The switch just completes the current path.
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Report this Post02-22-2014 09:12 PM Click Here to See the Profile for maybenotClick Here to Email maybenotSend a Private Message to maybenotEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
thats what i figured, but i didnt know if there was a preferred way. for instance maybe you dont use pos because it has current and neg would just be completeing it? if thats even a thing, :confused

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Yea that is true on more complex setups, but on a setup like that you will be fine. Just remember to place an inline fuse between the line you tap before it gets to your toggle switch.
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Report this Post02-22-2014 10:00 PM Click Here to See the Profile for maybenotClick Here to Email maybenotSend a Private Message to maybenotEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
got it, thanks
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Report this Post02-23-2014 01:59 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Marvin McInnisClick Here to visit Marvin McInnis's HomePageSend a Private Message to Marvin McInnisEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Unless there is a specific reason not to, always place the switch on the "hot" side of a circuit, as close to the power source as possible. If you place the switch on the "ground" side, the entire circuit upstream of the switch will be "hot" at all times, even when the switch is open (i.e. "off"). The general wiring layout should be:

Power Source --> Fuse or Circuit Breaker --> Switch --> Load --> Ground

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Report this Post02-23-2014 07:54 AM Click Here to See the Profile for maybenotClick Here to Email maybenotSend a Private Message to maybenotEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
see, thats why i asked. thank you for the preferred way.
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