You can use push button switches in a huge variety of applications such as industrial machinery, home appliances, computers, control panels, automatic doors, security systems, audio equipment, lighting systems, access control, elevators, and public address systems. They can serve functions such as turning a device on or off, or causing a particular type of action.
In many cases, the buttons will be a specific colour to indicate their actions. For example, a red button is typically used to denote a ‘stop’ function, whereas green may demonstrate ‘go’ or ‘start’. This helps to reduce the risk that someone will press one by mistake. Emergency stop buttons are generally red with a yellow background to guarantee high visibility, and they typically have larger heads for easier use. You can read more about E-stops with our guide here.
Other uses include:
- Reset switches - they are often particularly small and may be switched on and off with a special tool
- Also calculators, toilet flushes, scientific instruments, medical equipment, shower systems, keyboards, and gaming consoles