Power switch for 230V AC

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Was just wondering if any switch would be suitable as a power switch for 230V AC? I'm hoping to use an 'angel eye' LED
latching switch for a HiFi build, but wasn't sure if there would be an issue (as usually these switches are rated for a certain voltage)

Please only use a switch stamped with the 230VAC rating. The use of others could be dangerous or fatal.
 
What actually is the difference between switches which are rated for such a high voltage, and standard DC switches?

Most switches are rated for, and can handle, 32 VDC, but the AC rating depends on the construction.
If it isn't stamped 250VAC, don't use it. Instead, you could use your low voltage switch to control
a 5v/12V relay coil in a 250VAC rated relay.
 
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What actually is the difference between switches which are rated for such a high voltage, and standard DC switches?

Probably the most stressful thing that a switch must do is interrupt an existing flow of current. If the voltage is high, or the load is inductive then the potential for arcing at the switch contacts increases.

If the load is something like a passively filtered DC power supply with large filter capacitors and low source impedance, or tungsten filament light bulbs then there is also a demanding current surge at the time initial power is applied. This is a different kind of load, and switches that are built to handle it may have separate ratings for it.

High voltage switches are primarily built to interrupt high voltages and deal with the local arcing that may be involved with doing that.
 
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