Toggle Switch with Cover
These switches feature covers or caps which serve various functions. They can protect the tips of the internal lever mechanism, prevent the switch from being activated accidentally or click the switch off when closed.
Flat Toggle Switch
The term flat toggle switch may refer to switches with a flat-sided toggle, or switches in flat metal plates for vertical or horizontal fitting (for example on walls or the sides of machinery).
LED Toggle Switch
LED toggle switches include a light-emitting diode (LED), typically in the tip of the toggle, which indicates the status of the switch (i.e. on or off).
A variety of matching accessories are available.
Mini Toggle Switches
These smaller toggle switches are also known as microswitches or snap action switches. They feature a sensitive spring-loaded toggle and respond to a small amount of applied force. The spring is energised by the inflow of current and this moves the contacts into place.
Principally designed for lower currents, microswitches are cheap and widely used in both domestic and industrial equipment, often as sensors to detect the position of a component for safety reasons. For example, they can be used to ensure a door or hatch is shut before power is activated and to trigger a shutdown of the current when the door or latch is reopened.
Mini toggle switches are used in:
- Microwave ovens
- Vending machines
- Industrial anemometers and control circuits
Microswitches are typically fitted in complex configurations. They are resistant to damage from electric surges or arcs.
Large Toggle Switches
Large toggle switches are designed to provide on-off control. They are used in settings where visibility and easy access are crucial - for example, aeroplane control panels. Some feature two linked toggles.