Toggle switches can be used for any automation or electrical application. We carry a full range of toggle switches from leading brands including Apem, TE Connectivity and our own quality brand RS Pro. You can also choose from a complete range of toggle switch accessories including panel mounts and plating panels, toggle switch boots, sealing hoods and toggle switch guards.
Toggle switches are a variant of a regular electrical switch, their
key purpose is to open and close circuits, the toggle element is also known as a lever, this is the part you flick on and off. A key characteristic is the snap action of the toggle, this switch is usually latching and stays in the designated position after being toggled.
A slide switch is a switch that uses a sliding motion from the off to on position, you can see if the device is on or off without needing secondary indicators such as LED illuminated indicators or pilot lights. Slide switches are available in a variety of sizes – select from miniature, sub-miniature or standard size. Slide switches are designed to be compatible with a variety of circuit setups so check what mounting style you will need
There are four main types of toggle switch:
Within these four categories, there are many sub-categories, you can also get miniature toggle switches which can also be called microswitches. Our toggle switches are available with a range of metal contact materials such as:
Our toggle switches can be differentiated by contact resistance, contact current rating and/or voltage rating which allows you to select the ideal toggle switch for your application.
Some people use toggle and joystick switches interchangeably.
A common misconception is that toggle switches are the same as rocker switches, however they do have slight physical differences.