It has been suggested that [[::Switch Terminology|Switch Terminology]] be merged into this page or section. (Discuss)
A switch is often to turn something on or off. In the simplest case it is just a wire that is connected or not. Unplugging an appliance is one way to switch it off. A switch is usually a mechanical device where some sort of handle connects or disconnects conductors inside the switch. Another way of thinking of a switch is that it is like a resistor that sometimes has infinite resistance and sometimes has 0 resistance. A computer keyboard is made of a large number of switches. Some switches stay in the on or off position, others only stay on or off while you switch them, these are called momentary switches. A light switch is normally not momentary, a doorbell switch normally is momentary.
- On Off control
- Range change, as in a meter
- Data input
- Switch From Wikipedia,the free encyclopedia ( inc. Schematic and Picture )
- Switch Terminology _P_T - SPST - SPDT - DPST - DPDT - 3PDT - ....
It has been suggested that [[::relays|relays]] be merged into this page or section. (Discuss)
A Relay is a switch that is turned on and off by an electro-magnet ( actually there are new forms that do not use an electro-magnet ). Like other switching devices it allows a small amount of power to control a large amount of power. A nice feature of relays is that there is no electrical connection between the control circuit and the circuit connected to the switch. ( this is called electrical isolation ). They are often used to let low power digital circuits control normal 110v power in a home.
- Turn on several circuits with one control circuit.
- Control motors.
- Isolate a low voltage circuit from power line.
- Reverse current ( double pole double throw relay )
- Relays - Use these to control large power sources that a microcontroller cannot do alone
- Relay From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Controlling Big, Mean, Devices
- Maximizing the Life Span of Your Relays]
- Driving_Large_Loads_with_the_Arduino#Relay Driving Large Loads with the Arduino
- Tyco Electronics Application Notes