Monday, 27 March 2017

Connecting A Linear Actuator To A Rocker Switch

There are many ways to control linear actuators. One of the most popular is via a DPDT (double pole, double throw) switch. 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.

Linear Actuator Rocker 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 recrangular. I have included the diagram for wiring the push button below.

Using a Linear Actuator with a rocker switch

Below is a brief video demonstrating actuator operation via a DPDT 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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