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Old 08-27-2017, 06:57 PM   #1
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12v Light Switches

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I am attempting to put in a lighting in my 2001 bluebird A3RE. My question is can I use regular house switches for the 12 volt lighting?

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Old 08-27-2017, 07:51 PM   #2
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Yes, as long as you don't exceed the current rating (typically 15 amps). It may or may not look professional, but it will work.
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DC switches should be snap-action to reduce the possibility of arcing. AC switches need not be, because AC arcs are self-extinguishing after a sixtieth of second. My suggestion would be to avoid the soft-action quiet switches that are popular these days in homes, and instead choose something with a pronounced click. Better yet, use a switch intended for DC loads. Cole-Hersee makes a wide selection of suitable toggle and rocker switches.

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Many AC switches also have a lower amperage rating listed for DC. Make sure you don't exceed that secondary amperage rating. It's unlikely to be a problem for a little DC powered ceiling light, but still... better to know.

I just plan to use DC toggle switches instead of home-style switches. If you get the panel mount style, they take up less wall space than a full residential switch plate.
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Old 08-28-2017, 11:15 AM   #5
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Great because as a back up. I ordered a lot of lighted switches off of EBay.

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