A thing as simple as a switch. What are the standard ampere ratings of the switches, that you use in your country, for lighting, appliance control, etc?. Are 5A switches still used for lighting in your country?. Your input please-
Most UK made domestic light switches are now a minimum of 10A rating. (No derating for fluorescent loads.) I believe some of the cheaper imported ones may still be 6A rating, but I only use the UK made ones.
[This message has been edited by David UK (edited 12-11-2002).]
Re: Switches#134924 12/11/0212:03 AM12/11/0212:03 AM
One particular brand of switch, over here, (PDL), started off as a 5A rated mechanism, a few years later, it was then up-rated to 10A and again to 16A, this rating has recently been increased to 20A. This is in a standard light switch, don't ask me why, although I think it may have something to do with the in-rush currents of Fluorescent lights. Regardless of this, a 20A current rating on a light switch is a bit over the top, don't you think?.
Re: Switches#134925 12/11/0204:03 AM12/11/0204:03 AM
In Kuwait we have for lighting 10 amps rated switches . The general purpose socket outlets are 13amps (square)and 15amps(round). All English makes are available here. I have seen 6amps,weatherproof plate switches of MK make at a few sites (outdoor).
Re: Switches#134927 12/11/0208:47 AM12/11/0208:47 AM
Old Austrian toggles and other old types were 6A, rockers like on the picture with the strip connectors hanging in mid-air next to it (Violations from Austria thread) were rated 10A, all newer ones are 10/16A (DC/AC).
Texas, Is there a requirement to have a DC rating on your switches?. There was a school of thought over in Australia, that in the Outbacks, they should use a pure DC system, with localised Battery systems. Has anyone else ever heard of DC reticulation around a township?.
Re: Switches#134929 12/15/0206:52 AM12/15/0206:52 AM