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Old 01-15-2021, 03:29 PM   #1
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Thin-Lite 18" rocker switch, where to buy?

Hi All,

Just finished upgrading the ceiling fluorescent's to LED and in the process broke a tab on the rocker switch.

It had a Swann emblem above the number 23 rated at 15A for 12VDC

Now luck chasing down a replacement.

Anyone ever replace one of the switches and where did you purchase it.

Thanks for the help,
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If it was only the tab that holds it in place, I'd use JB Weld.... Might have to use Ty-Wrap or twine to hold it in place till the epoxy sets up?
If it was the electrical tab / connector might be able to steal a switch from another light. As a example we have a overhead light in the bath / shower hall. It is on a wall switch but also has a switch on the light that we don't really need.
If ya don't want to go that route: I bought some off e-bay years ago, quick search on amazon 10 for $6 though the first ones that I found were black. You would have to verify the size. Still for me epoxy would be my first fix.
Side note, I discovered Hot Glue works great for holding stuff in place while epoxy cures. Learned the hard way Hot Glue doesn't hold up in places that get warm enough to re-melt the glue..... :-) Did I really have to say that in PUBLIC?
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Ronnie that was my first idea as well, but seems a bit permanent should the switch go out.
Maybe just dollop of some epoxy? i have some 20 minute epoxy but you will break something before it cuts loose..I know as thats how I repaired my overdrive button on my 96 f250 power stroke....20 years ago

Would rather replace the switch
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I would search digikey.com or mcmasters.com for a replacement, you'll find thousands ,,,know the dimensions you need .

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A small dab of clear silicone adhesive under the flange of the switch, a razor blade between the flange and aluminum will loosen it enough to pop it out.
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Contact this seller ask if he has something you can use.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Miniature-R...beee%7Ciid%3A1
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Hi All,

Just finished upgrading the ceiling fluorescent's to LED and in the process broke a tab on the rocker switch.

It had a Swann emblem above the number 23 rated at 15A for 12VDC

Now luck chasing down a replacement.

Anyone ever replace one of the switches and where did you purchase it.

Thanks for the help,
greg
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How strange, I googled swannswitch.com and found the company web site and found all their product types. You can select the type you have , it shows dimensions and you can build the catalog number for ordering the correct item.

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Contact Thin-Light and see if you can it from them

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How strange, I googled swannswitch.com and found the company web site and found all their product types. You can select the type you have , it shows dimensions and you can build the catalog number for ordering the correct item.

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Ordering from a Chinese manufacturer is a lot different than ordering from a US retailer. The best thing you can get from their website is the opening size, 13x19.3 mm.

McMaster and Newark let you spec by opening. McMaster has one but it has a lighted rocker. That could probably be defeated by not grounding a terminal, but the rocker is still prismatic and wouldn't match.

https://www.mcmaster.com/rocker-swit...out-width~1-2/

Newark has a better match, all black, SPDT.

https://www.newark.com/multicomp/mc3...ack/dp/97K4688


Newark has much larger selections for 19.2 and 19.4, I didn't look at them.


I changed all my Thin Lites to LED strips a couple of years ago, never realized how scarce those switches are.
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How strange, I googled swannswitch.com and found the company web site and found all their product types. You can select the type you have , it shows dimensions and you can build the catalog number for ordering the correct item.

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Yup seen that but ordering from china they nail you bad on shipping charges. Must be some local.

The silicone may be the way and will buy me some time...thanks
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Think I may have found some on EBAY:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/12160599199...RoClsEQAvD_BwE

$5.52 for 3 shipping 1.49

Amazon had one for $8.99

Gonna order them and will let ya know,
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Think I may have found some on EBAY:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/12160599199...RoClsEQAvD_BwE

$5.52 for 3 shipping 1.49

Amazon had one for $8.99

Gonna order them and will let ya know,
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Those we call "sigma" switches. Google it. They come in lots of different variety.
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Winner Winner

Switches were a perfect fit. Look exactly like the Swann switches that were in the lights. Even the blades were a match

This was them from Ebay

3 Pcs Joemex SPST Mini Snap-In Rocker Switch, 83 Series, 125V 15A, 250V 10A T85

$5.52 for 3 and applicable state sales tax if you have it

Thanks for all the responses
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