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Old 18th March 2013, 05:48 AM   #11
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I don't have the part # for the switch,it was left over stock from a previous company(Dick Smiths) that was subsequently taken over, it is not in their catalogs and they don't have it anywhere. If you look at the original photo of the switch in an earlier post you will see that the numbering goes from top to bottom 1,2,3. and in parallel on the other side it says 4,5,6. Now you know what I was on about? So lets see if I have this right now? The pins on the neon go to the same place as the active wires go on the switch and it doesn't matter which pin on the neon light or the switch that the resistor is on? Going by the numbering on the latest diagram with the bridges removed I can solder the active wires to 1 & 2 or 2 & 3 in series,what is that 1 & 4 to 2 & 5 about? or then again 3 & 6 to 2 & 5, I only have the active wire to switch in case there is any confusion?The switch works when I solder the active to 1 & 2 or 2 & 3,but the neon works back to front! It is on when the switch and the power is off(yes I know power is still coming from the mains ) and it is off when the switch is on? I am confused now.How am I going to get the neon light wired in series so it works when it is switched on?
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Old 18th March 2013, 07:27 AM   #12
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Thanks for posting that diagram, it confirms what I and others had assumed about the switch configuration is correct. There is really no need to bridge the switch connections but lets go with what you've got.
OK, if you only want to switch the Mains Active lead, connect it to Pin 2 or 5. Connect one transformer lead to Pin 3 or 6. Let's call that Transformer Active.
Connect the other transformer lead to Mains Neutral.
Connect the neon indicator between the transformer Active lead and Mains Neutral. In other words it's between the two transformer leads.
Let's hope that your earlier fuse blowing episodes have not damaged the switch internally.

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Old 18th March 2013, 07:38 AM   #13
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in case there is any confusion?
I think we're past that point unfortunately.
Confirm that all your switch positions match the drawing in your post, please. You can see where continuity should be measured, and where it should be measured with the switch toggled.
Do you see how pin 2 is a pole, with pins 1 & 3 the double throw? And pin 5 is a pole, with pins 4 & 6 the double throw?
The resistor is connected in series with the neon lamp. That combination is then connected in parallel with the load, at the On side of the switch.

edit: Ah, OK. This is a drawing confirming the switch pinout, and Biblio is correct. The "load" in my last sentence is the transformer primary winding.
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Old 28th March 2013, 07:51 AM   #14
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I think we're past that point unfortunately.
Confirm that all your switch positions match the drawing in your post, please. You can see where continuity should be measured, and where it should be measured with the switch toggled.
Do you see how pin 2 is a pole, with pins 1 & 3 the double throw? And pin 5 is a pole, with pins 4 & 6 the double throw?
The resistor is connected in series with the neon lamp. That combination is then connected in parallel with the load, at the On side of the switch.

edit: Ah, OK. This is a drawing confirming the switch pinout, and Biblio is correct. The "load" in my last sentence is the transformer primary winding.
The instant email notification doesn't seem to be working,Ive been sitting around waiting for an answer? I cant find the drawing that you referred to,did you post it? That would be a big help if you could post it again.
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Old 28th March 2013, 08:51 AM   #15
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I was referring to the drawing in your post #11 at the top of this page.
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Hi Redrooster, do you find it?
The switch still can turn on & off right?
Why not take the wire connect to the trafo & just parallel the neon pilot lamp over there (the lamp series with the resistor). It is easy & simple
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Old 1st April 2013, 05:06 PM   #17
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You can connect a 60w bulb in series of the mains ,so that when you experiment you would not have burned other devices,including the switch.
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