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Carling Contura Rocker Switches
What are rocker switches?
Rocker switches are electrical switches that have multiple positions for easy activation and deactivation of equipment. They get their name from the fact that they perform a rocking action when being used. That is to say that rocker switches pivot from a central position to a different position in one of two directions. Rocker switches are extremely common in various industries and can be found on just about any larger boat on the water. Rocker switches are known for their ease of installation, long-term durability in harsh environments, and multiple cover options. Speaking of options, rocker switches themselves come in a wide range of body styles.
"Rocker switches are extremely common in various industries and can be found on just about any larger boat on the water."
Where are rocker switches implemented?
Rocker switches are implemented in a wide of applications
Rocker switches are implemented in applications that call for electrical power to be activatable in areas where moisture and exposure are concerns. All our rocker switches are ideal for both new installations as well as when replacing parts. Let's say you have faded rocker switches or damaged rocker switches, then our rocker switches are the perfect replacement. All you will need are the proper tools, terminals, wire jumpers, and possibly wire. Now that we have looked at where rocker switches are implemented, let us take a quick look at how many different styles are available.
How many different rocker switch body styles are available?
There are several types of rocker switches that can be broken into two main categories: single pole or double pole. From there, they can be broken down into further categories such as standard position rocker switches or momentary rocker switches. This way it is easier to find the one that you need. All you need to do is determine how many poles you need your switch to have. This will be based solely on the function of the switch itself. Once you have the correct number of poles, you just need to decide whether you want the action to be momentary or continuous. We often receive questions about the different types of rocker switches so let us take a deeper look at them.
*Note: These are not all of the types of switch bodies that we offer.
What is the difference between these rocker switches?
As we said above, the difference between rocker switches starts with whether they are single pole or double pole, but what exactly does that mean? The number of poles indicates the number of circuits that that switch in question can control. So, single-pole rocker switches can only operate one circuit and double pole rocker switches can operate two circuits. If you think about it, a double pole switch is almost the same as having two single pole switches. Now you get into whether you want the action to be momentary or not. Momentary means that once you let go of the switch, whatever action it was performing will stop. A great example of this is the horn. When you press the switch, the horn honks. Once you release it, the momentary action stops, and the horn goes quiet. People often wonder what applications are right for rocker switches.
What kinds of covers are available?
One of the best parts about rocker switches is the massive amount of switch cover options out there. For starters, you can choose from either printed switch covers or engraved switch covers. Each of these styles offers distinctive advantages. Printed switch covers are exactly what they sound like. The text and symbol that identify the switch’s function are printed directly onto the switch cover body itself. To learn more about printed switch covers, click here. Engraved switch covers have the text and symbol burned into the surface of the switch cover body using a high-powered laser. To learn more about laser etched switch covers, click here.
Once you know what type of switch cover you would like, the next step is to choose from several different body styles, body colors, number of lenses, and color of lenses. This way you can get the exact type to match your existing style. The final step is selecting the text and symbol is to printed or engraved on your new switch cover.
What type of protection do rocker switches carry?
Rocker switches offer a rating of IP68 (Ingress Protection 68) which means that they block much of the liquid and solid contaminants that other switches cannot block out. For a comprehensive explanation of what Ingress protection is click here. All you need to know is that rocker switches offer protection against contact with objects greater than 1mm in diameter such as a small wire or tool and offer complete protection against dust over an extended period of time. Additionally, they protect against long periods of immersion in water under pressure. This goes to show just how potent the protection these switches carry really is. IP68 is some of the highest protection that you can get.
How do I change out the switch cover?
Changing out the switch cover is a relatively simple task. Once you have the proper tool, simply slide the tool under the switch cover. Next, place your thumb over the switch cover and press the tool in. The cover pops right out so that another one can be snapped in. The cover can potentially pop off if you do not place your thumb over it before using the tool. The Contura switch cover removal tool is essential as it is the only tool that removes the risk of accidental damage. Damage that could occur to the switch body, the switch cover, or the panel itself. It is for this reason that we highly recommend using one.
What industries use Pacer’s Contura Rocker Switches?
Rocker switches are a very popular item and are found in a range of industries such as automotive performance, marine, aviation, heavy equipment, industrial sites, and more. This is due to the fact that they are not only highly durable, but long lasting as well. Pacer rocker switches offer an Ingress protection rating of IP68 showing that they are the ideal choice for use in marine applications. They are so high quality that hot rod enthusiasts trust them in their performance vehicles. Think about that for a second. A hot rod enthusiast will only use the highest quality parts possible, and they choose the rocker switch Pacer offers.
Why choose Pacer?
Pacer has been handling rocker switches for years. We have used this time to select the best rocker switch options possible to offer our customers the greatest range of solutions. Some of the world’s largest boat builders turn to Pacer. With a focus on quality, customer service, and expertise, we have become the name to trust. When you see Pacer on your products, you know that you have quality.
*This page was updated on 2/08/2023*