Sunday, 30 May 2021

How To Connect A Linear Actuator To A DPDT Switch

There are many ways to control linear actuators. One of the most popular is via a DPDT (double pole, double throw) switch. DPDT switches are a simple way to control an actuator for a variety of applications.

 These switches are available as a latching or momentary switch. Actuonix also offers a lighted push-button switch. The wiring for these is essentially the same no matter which one you choose.


What you will need to wire a linear actuator to a rocker switch:

  • Actuator
  • Switch
  • Fuse
  • Power source
All of our switch kits come with a switch, wire, fuse and connectors. You'll get everything you need to get your actuator wired up quickly.
 
Below is a diagram showing you exactly how to wire up your actuator to a DPDT rocker switch.

Actuator DPDT switch


If you choose to use our lighted push-button switch rather than the rocker, the wiring is almost exactly the same. The terminals have different designations and the switch is round rather than rectangular. I have included the diagram for wiring the push button below.



How to wire an actuator to a DPDT switch

Here is a video demonstration of how to connect your actuator to a rocker switch.



If you have any questions regarding our products, need technical support or just want a hand choosing the best actuator for your project, don't hesitate to give our customer support team a call anytime. We would be glad to assist you.


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