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Old 11-25-2019, 02:05 PM   #1
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Switch for under counter lighting

I am installing under counter lighting in the galley. I have tried a Google search to find a low profile, flush mount switch (12 VDC) to mount under the counter and cannot find a suitable solution. I will go to Home Depot today to look around but donít expect to find what I want. Does anyone has any solutions to suggest?

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Old 11-25-2019, 02:34 PM   #2
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Blue Seas make a lot of different switches. You might look at their catalog.
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Old 11-25-2019, 03:07 PM   #3
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Not cheap but...

https://www.gamainc.com/product/wp66-03/

Or you can try using an in-line switch.

https://www.crutchfield.com/S-6NPAU5...-YP-ILS16.html

Edit: Try an LED supplier. With all the LEDs out there you’d think there would a bunch of stand-a-lone low voltage/amp switches for the hobbiest.
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Old 11-25-2019, 03:20 PM   #4
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I used surface mounted toggle switches mounted on the interior. There out of sight and you will quickly get used to the location once you open a door to turn the lights on.
I don’t know if your plans call for mounting the LED strips on a heat sink, I used small aluminum square channel. The LED’s put out a fair amount of heat and the diodes need protection.
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Old 11-25-2019, 04:13 PM   #5
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I have used both of these for different projects over the past 2 years. Both are working well.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1



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This is a nice piece of gear for your application;

https://store.marinebeam.com/12-or-1...touch-dimming/
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Old 11-25-2019, 04:27 PM   #7
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This is a nice piece of gear for your application;

https://store.marinebeam.com/12-or-1...touch-dimming/
It maybe time to upgrade a few of my homemade strips. I like that they have a switch and you can dim them.
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I have used these for several installations.

https://www.bluesea.com/products/416...tch_OFF-ON_Red
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Old 11-25-2019, 06:53 PM   #9
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I've used these for stuff on my boat. Got them from eBay though. You can also get them without the indicator light.
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Old 11-25-2019, 10:38 PM   #10
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Thanks people. Iíve looked but I canít find any flush mount switches on the Bluesea site. The units I intend to install have switches similar to the Aspentech 2835 units. I would like to wire them so that all of the lights turn on with a single switch.

https://www.amazon.com/AspenTek-Inli.../dp/B00H0GR3E8

These are the lights Iím installing:

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/ill...ite/1000747273

...discounted at $19.95 Cdn. They are flush mount lights,12 VDC and LEDs are mounted on an aluminum plate. I re&reíd the Alpenglow galley light with two of them and they put out a combined 325 lumens each and do not cause any VHF interference.

In the interim, Iíve picked an inexpensive cord switch that I can flush mount. Itís not ideal but will be ok for now.

These are the units being tested in position. I will wire them into the house bank.

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Old 11-30-2019, 11:58 AM   #11
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I recently installed a flush-mounted Cambridge RS12619 rocker switch for a charging station ON/OFF switch. Here's a link. I purchased it at AutoZone for $8.49.

https://storage.codacambridge.com/fi...il_catalog.pdf

(Specs on top of last page of pdf file.)
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I used a long neck toggle mounted in the space between 2 drawers over the sink.....so the toggle protruded through the cabinet bottoms over the sink and easy to find by feel.
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I installed micro switches from Rockler on each of our galley cabinet doors with LED lights under each shelf.
this is the switch I used https://www.rockler.com/low-profile-micro-switch
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JR products make a slew of low profile stuff for RV's
https://www.amazon.com/JR-Products-1...61452163&psc=1
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Old 11-30-2019, 01:24 PM   #15
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SuperBrightLEDs.com is where I found mine.
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Nothing but 12V LED's (including under counter and hidden strip lights) on our boat and they are all switched by domestic type switches like this......
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Old 12-01-2019, 04:50 PM   #17
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Martin: Thatís better. That looks like an option.

I roughed in the lighting yesterday and just need to put some loom around the wires and strap them up. For now I have a rocker switch installed but it is not ideal.

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Old 12-06-2019, 01:54 PM   #18
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I had a 12VDC (I think) switch installed in my Kitchen that was super low profile and might be of interest. It is an "eye" flush mounted about 1/4 in diameter. Essentially you wave your hand in front of it for on or off and even allows dimming by holding your hand steady in front of it. I hate switches and this is about as low profile as I have ebver seen. let me know if you want me to find the manufacturer.
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We used these from Defender.com

https://www.defender.com/product.jsp...547&id=5531145
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Old 12-06-2019, 04:43 PM   #20
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Two good sources I used to use when working in the electronics industry and now for personal uses are:


DigiKey
https://www.digikey.com


or Mouser
https://www.mouser.com


If you know what you are looking for (12V SPST switch in this case), the biggest problem is usually culling down all the possible choices. Also both are good sources for replacement electronic components if you can find a part number on the side of the case of your defective part.



Last time I used them, neither had a minimum order requirement.


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