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hi!

i got these illuminating switches.

they have four pins and i dont know what to do with the rest of the two pins.

 

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the switch works when i connect the switch between the positive wire.

how do i get the light in the switch to work?

and what are the other two terminals for?

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post #2 of 13
They are probably for the lights.

The switch may illuminate only when on, or remain constantly illuminated depending on how you wire it.
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well, whats the other way to wire it?

i am going to use this switch to turn on/off the lights in my case.so its connected between a 12volt molex and an led strip(16blue led)

 

i placed it between the +ve wire and the switch works but light in the switch doesnt.

i have no idea about other ways to wire it.

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post #4 of 13
525

this makes it look like you need to put the black wires to the terminals on one side and the red terminals on the otherside.

normally switches will have the terminals designated so you can determine what terminal is what. from your pics i cant see anything besides it has 4 terminals. can draw a schematic with the designations on it?
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Illuminated switches either have 2-3 switch contacts and 2 contacts for the light; while some lighted automotive switches have the + of the light internally connected to the Vout, these have a Vsupply, Vout, and Gnd terminals so the switch itself will work with the + in/out connected, but the light only comes on with the Gnd return connected.
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 but the light only comes on with the Gnd return connected.

how do u connect th gnd return?
 

 

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525

this makes it look like you need to put the black wires to the terminals on one side and the red terminals on the otherside.

normally switches will have the terminals designated so you can determine what terminal is what. from your pics i cant see anything besides it has 4 terminals. can draw a schematic with the designations on it?

 

this didnt work :(
 

 

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can you draw a schematic of the terminals and their designations? there should be small writing by each terminal
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Vsupply connects to the PSU power, Vout goes to your lights, and the return Gnd goes to the PSU ground (black = ground a.k.a. gnd).

Essentially the switch light is internally connected across the Vout and the return Gnd.
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can you draw a schematic of the terminals and their designations? there should be small writing by each terminal


there are no symbols or designations on the pins :|

hence the confusion

 



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Vsupply connects to the PSU power, Vout goes to your lights, and the return Gnd goes to the PSU ground (black = ground a.k.a. gnd).

Essentially the switch light is internally connected across the Vout and the return Gnd.


u mean red(+ve) from psu goes into one terminal or the switch(Vsupply),and red wire from lights connects to the other(Vout)

this i have done,and switch works.

 

now for the remaining two terminals on the switch i have connected the Gnd wire same as the red(+ve) wire i.e. one comming from the psu and other other terminal connects to the lights/fan/load.that doesnt work for the led in the switch.

 

from what you are saying,i gather that i have to connect the in and out on the same terminal of the switch.is that right?

 

i have tried these connections.but as there is no notation on the switch terminals,i am not sure if i am connecting the proper wires to the proper terminals.

in all cases the on/off works,the switch led doesnt work

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here are some close up photos of the switch terminals.

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