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Old 01-15-2020, 02:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone know of a good, inexpensive weatherproof on/off switch that can handle 24v?
I want to replicate the automatic passing siding and block used by Mr. Ingram of Autocontrols.org. At least in function. I want to be able to run 3 trains on my loop, but also don't want to HAVE to run three trains. I want to be able to turn the switch and signal block circuits off. Plus, mine will be outside and semi-permanent. I would like to put a small on/off switch close to the EPL switches to reduce wiring. I am using the LGB 50111 power pack with MTS IIS DCC so it has to be able to handle that power.
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Old 01-15-2020, 04:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I see some 12v DC motorcycle switches which look perfect for what I want. Does it really matter if you put AC or DC through the switch?
Also, if the switch is rated for 20A at 12v, would it be safe to run up to 10A at 24v?
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manually operated switch, just weatherproof?


spst, spdt, dpdt?


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Manually operated single pole single throw. Basically, I want to put it inline with the White wire right before it enters the turnout/signal motor so I can turn it completely off. The ones I see on Amazon all seem to be 12v DC. But that shouldn't matter as long as it can handle the power, correct? So a 12v 12+A toggle switch should be plenty ok to handle a my 24v 6A power supply?
Waterproof would be best but I doubt I will find one.

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How about a search with waterproof spst switch
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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found this on Amazon:


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...91ZH7KGF6MMG3W


Actually looks waterproof... some are just rubber handles on ordinary toggles.


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HH, I have been searching. But have not found a waterproof 24vAC switch.
Greg, That is very similar to what I was thinking but all the ones I see are 12DC, like that one. From what I have read, you shouldn't mix an AC vs DC switch or it could cause a fire. Plus that is only rated up to 14vdc. Aren't the LGB 50111's black and white accessory terminals AC?

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OK, I think I found something.
https://www.gamainc.com/product/wp66-01/
A bit of overkill but it is relatively small, sealed and can take AC and DC current.
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I have a water proof metal cabinet outdoors here in New England and just use standard DPDT switches mounted through the bottom. 15 years and still original switches which were not rated as water proof. My cabinet sees -10 degrees F to over 100, and rain/sleet/snow.
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There's really no such thing as AC vs DC for mechanical switches, it's just the contact rating and indeed if you research it, on the AC side, inductive load rating.


In your case you don't have to worry. Also voltage really makes no difference until you get over 100 volts pretty much.


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