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Old 29th August 2003, 03:57 PM   #1
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Default Illuminated Switches - Recommendations?

Hello everyone,

In designing my preamp, I am going to use momentary pushbutton switches that are illuminated in order to select the input source. I therefore seek your advice and assistance to determine which switches would be best. I am looking strictly at appearance not necessarily quality, since the signal flow will not pass through the switch. Power requirements are minimal since it will essentially just actuate a relay and/or flipflop. I have the NKK switch catalog, but the illuminated switches in that seem rather large and bulky, I would like something smaller and maybe with a little more finesse.

Either way, there are a ton of switches out there and even after you select the one you want, there are so many options that it takes a lot of time to further specify the exact configuration. Thus, I was hoping someone could save me some time and if anyone has recommendations I would be happy to hear about them, along with place of purchase.

Requirements: SPDT or DPDT momentary actuation, illuminated. If you know the avail. colors and required voltage, you can list or I can investigate this on my own.

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I'm also interested. I'll start looking today.
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Old 29th August 2003, 06:35 PM   #3
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Old 29th August 2003, 07:17 PM   #4
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you can pull up PDF's of the Allied Electronics catalog from their website the IDEC series of illumninated switches, or the Cannon ITT on page 925, NKK HB series on page 937
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Default Lighted Switches

Take a look on my Movie Prop page
Check out the 3rd picture down top row 3rd from the
left. I have both momentary and on-off in this lighted switch.
As I recall they take a wedge base small bulb.
Price is $2.00 for the Momentary and $3.00 for on-off.
Steve @ Apex Jr
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Old 3rd September 2003, 04:50 PM   #6
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I used Mec switches for my preamp - check out my WWW for details.

They are very high quality, and readily available from places like Farnell. There is a large choice of keycap style and the LEDs in the switch bodies are available in the usual range of colours...

Check out for more details details. Note that you can order samples from there as well


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I use Apem switches on my amplifiers, they look very nice. I now they have illuminated switches belonging to the anti-vandal (AV) series. But they are quite expensive to.
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Happ controls specializes in industrial and supplies for the gaming industries. Perhaps they are all too big, but definitely some unique, colorful and durable products.
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