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Old 05-27-2012, 03:54 AM   #1
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Ok, i have two of these on a field supply i am setting up. http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=SK0979

Have confused myself with wiring it up.

Three posts on the switch

1 and 2 are the same, the third is gold.

Posts 1 = load, 2 = supply, 3 = neutral or earth ? with neutral, the illuminated light stays on all the time there is power to the switch, even if the switch is off. I thought it would turn the light off if the switch was off.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:47 AM   #2
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Reverse the power in and out wires but leave the 3rd wire the same
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:05 AM   #3
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Oh man, be careful. I used to use that type of switch for 55 watt 12v fog lights on my car. I blew out 3 of them before I figured out I needed a relay.

Good thing you're not using that on a heli.

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Reverse the power in and out wires but leave the 3rd wire the same
thanks, I should have picked up that but was told by a sparky the center pin was supply and I believed him
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thanks, I should have picked up that but was told by a sparky the center pin was supply and I believed him
But any normal switch, the center is the common terminal. Switch goes from center to either other pin, depending on the switch position. When using a lighted switch, they tool the light from the center pin, because of physical wiring inside the switch its near impossible to take it form the normal switched side.
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But any normal switch, the center is the common terminal. Switch goes from center to either other pin, depending on the switch position. When using a lighted switch, they tool the light from the center pin, because of physical wiring inside the switch its near impossible to take it form the normal switched side.

Ok, lucky I didnt swear at him LOL
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