What is Snap Switch
A snap switch, also known as a snap action switch or micro switch, is a type of mechanical switch designed to rapidly transfer contacts from one position to another with a quick and decisive movement, often referred to as a “snap.” This characteristic makes snap switches ideal for controlling the flow of electricity to lighting fixtures and other electrical devices.
Snap switches come in various configurations, including single pole or multi-pole options, and they can have different ratings for voltage and current. They are available in different actuator styles, such as lever actuators, pushbutton actuators, and roller style actuators. These switches can have either momentary or maintained contact, depending on the specific application requirements.
Typically composed of thermoplastics, plastics, or metals, snap switches are known for their durability and reliability. They are widely used in situations where a fast opening or closing of a circuit is necessary, such as in mouse buttons or appliance settings.