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Electronic Switches Tutorial

switches diagram

Fig. 1
Switches are used to open/close a circuit.

Fig. 2
S1 is a "single pole on/off" switch in the off position.

Fig. 3 
This is a "2 pole on/off" switch which completely isolates the lamp from the supply in the off position.
This may be important if it is a high voltage supply.
The dotted line indicates that S1a and S1b are part of the same switch "ganged" together and operate simultaneously.

Fig. 4
This is a "single pole changeover" switch.
Either lamp 1 or lamp 2 is on.

Fig. 5
This is a "2 pole changeover" switch.
The unlit lamp is completely isolated from the supply.
Again S1a and S1b are part of the same switch.

Fig. 6
This is a "single pole 5 way" switch.
It can select 1 of 5 circuits.
You can have 2p 5w, 3p 4w etc.

Fig. 7 
This shows
(1) a "normally closed, push to break".
(2) a "normally open, push to make".
(3) both used together to make a "changeover" switch.

Fig. 8
This is a "changeover" slide switch.
When operated a-b opens and b-c closes.

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