SPST N.O. Small Round Game Switch w/Illumination 12V Red
SPST N.O. Small Round Game Switch w/Illumination 12V Red is rated out of 5 by 1.
Rated 4 out of 5
from Good switch for the money, but has issues!Overview: The switch assembly consists of several distinct pieces, and requires total disassembly for installation. The specs are missing some important information that should be fixed, but this review should help that.1. The specs state N.O. (normally open) contact. Actually, the switch is a single pole, DOUBLE throw device, with N.O. and N.C. (normally closed) contacts. Close examination of the switch side view photo will show that. The switch element itself appears robust, ready for many activations.2. No lamp info - specs just say "illuminated. The lamp is a 12V 3W wedge-base incandescent device, not an LED as some have stated. It's primary application is automotive, and some investigation turned up the trade part number of 2821. There are probably others.3. No info on switch installation or lamp replacement. The casual observer would think it installs like any switch - make a hole, remove the front bezel, install the switch from the rear of the panel, screw on and tighten the bezel from the front - done. No - not this switch! The entire switch must be disassembled to install it. This arrangement is unlike any I've ever seen in my 50+ years of electronics work - but I never worked with game consoles, for which this switch was designed. The mechanical engineering and design are quite remarkable - but not very installer friendly. For the first time user, the procedure really requires a well-shot YOU TUBE video to properly show the process - it is not at all intuitive! There are details that photos will not show very well, and the audio explanation that would go with a video would be very helpful.4. Lamp replacement requires almost complete disassembly as well. The casual observer would attempt to re-lamp from the front, by unscrewing the bezel for access. Nope - has to happen from the rear.5. Due to the very unusual mechanical arrangement, significant space must be allowed behind the switch for the disassembly required for lamp replacement. Extra slack in the wiring is also needed - the rear portion of the switch assembly must be snapped out of the front part of the device to get to the lamp, so the wires need to be long enough to do that. A tight chassis layout and close-knit wiring harnesses will not work. (Again, a piece of video would be the best way to show this.)Once all the issues noted above were worked out, the installs and use of the switches (I bought five for my project) have been fine. Of the five switches I bought, however, two lamps were bad. Parts Express does not sell the lamps separately, so they supplied new complete switch assemblies to fix the issue.My recommendation is a YES, provided the purchaser understands the issues discussed above.
Date published: 2014-12-19