Switches are components that have the ability to go between conducting electrical energy and not conducting energy. Therefore, Switches control the current flow on a circuit board. This control is easier than having to go in by hand and cut connections within the circuit. These components are important to a circuit board that requires control of current flow.
There are also many different types of switches. Some of the types of switches include toggle, joystick, and pushbutton switches. Each of these types performs the same basic function of conducting and not conducting energy easily. However, each type of switch is structurally different which are described below.
A toggle switch contains an angled lever that goes in one or more directions. A light switch is a common type of toggle. Due to the way that a light switch holds its on or off position the circuit is either open or closed. There are also types of toggles that include a spring. This spring means that the lever will not stay stagnant in the switched position but will return back to a predetermined position.
A joystick switch contains a lever much like the toggle switch. However, the joystick moves in multiple directions. This is unlike the toggle switch’s movement of singular direction. Most recognizable is the joystick on a claw machine. The freeness of directional movement makes it possible to control the claw in any direction required.
A push-button switch is two position component. Just as the name would suggest a push-button switch works by pushing the button in and releasing it. There are also designs of push-button switches that when pushed in the button does not release until it is pulled out or pushed a second time. The most recognizable push-button are those on a television or sound system.
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