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What Are Latching Switches And Momentary Switches?

by John Ford 10 Oct 2023

If you are interested in learning about different types of switches, you may have come across the terms latching switch and momentary switch. But what do they mean and how do they differ? In this blog post, we will explain the basic concepts and features of these two kinds of switches.

A switch is a device that can make or break an electrical circuit by changing the position of a contact. A latching switch is a switch that maintains its state after being activated. A momentary switch is a switch that only activates when it is being pressed or moved, and returns to its original state when it is released.

For example, a light switch on a wall is a latching switch. When you flip it up or down, it stays in that position until you flip it again. A push button on a doorbell is a momentary switch. When you press it, it closes the circuit and rings the bell, but when you release it, it opens the circuit and stops the ringing.

Latching switches and momentary switches have different applications and advantages depending on the situation. Latching switches are useful for controlling devices that need to be turned on or off for a long time, such as lights, fans, or heaters. Momentary switches are useful for controlling devices that need to be activated for a short time, such as alarms, buzzers, or signals.

There are many variations and designs of latching switches and momentary switches, such as toggle switches, rocker switches, push button switches, slide switches, rotary switches, and so on. Each type has its own characteristics and functions that suit different purposes and preferences.

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