• Switch Accessories

    Switch Accessories (11)

    Switch Accessories

    Alan Butcher Components supplies a wide range of switch accessories for our switch products.  We stock coloured caps which snap fit on to the SP60 series push button switches.  The caps are available in red, green, orange, yellow, white and black.  Splash proof caps can be fitted to our push button and rocker switches. These caps snap-fit on to the switch and provide protection up to IP65.  They fit switches with the following cut-outs: 13x19mm, 11x30mm, 22x30mm, Ø16mm, Ø20mm and Ø25mm. The Deca Switchlab range of push buttons and pilot lights are available with various lamp and lens options. We can supply incandescent, neon or LED lamps in a range of voltages.  The lenses are round, rectangular or square in red, green, blue, orange, white or yellow. Please take a look at our switch accessories range and complete an enquiry form on the product page if you would like to receive a quote, sample or further information.
  • Anti-Vandal Switches

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    Anti-Vandal Switches

    We supply a broad range of Anti Vandal switches to suit a variety of applications.  These include vandal resistant switches with ring or dot illumination.  There is a choice of colours, IP ratings (IP40, IP65 and IP67) and voltages (12VDC, 24VDC or 250VAC).  They are also supplied with internal resistors. Vandal switches are available in stainless steel, brass, nickel plated brass and black PBT with screw or solder tab terminations.  Actuators can be domed, flat or raised.  We offer these push switches with 12mm, 16mm, 19mm, 22mm and 25mm cut-outs.  The switching actions can be momentary or latching. Due to the wide choice of switch options, not all items are held in stock.  However, our lead-times are not extensive; between 4-6 weeks for this range. We can also hold buffer stocks or work to scheduled deliveries. Our robust, high quality anti-vandal switches are built for tough, demanding environments.  So, if you have a particular requirement or would like assistance to find the switch you need, please call us on 01258 456360 or send us an email sales@abcomponents.co.uk
  • Capacitive Touch Switches

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    Touch Switches

    Capacitive touch switches are a popular design choice for modern applications. They are robust, durable and aesthetically pleasing. Applications include domestic appliances, vending machines, industrial controls, infotainment centers and medical and food products.  Our touch switches are an extension to our anti-vandal switch range and are also known as capacitive vandal resistant switches. Key features for our range:
    • Finger touch trigger, even when wearing medical gloves
    • Ring illumination
    • Internal resistor - no need to connect an external resistor
    • Electrical endurance – 50,000,000 cycles
    • Durable and waterproof with IP68 rating
    • Visually striking switches suitable for a wide variety of applications, particularly where product appearance is key.
    Customer requirements for touch switches are frequently specific to individual applications. Therefore, our range offers numerous product variations.   This enables considerable design freedom.  Please note, minimum order quantities will apply, however, these are relatively small. Switch Options:
    • Cut-out – 16mm/19mm/22mm
    • Latching & Momentary / Normally Open & Normally Closed
    • Illumination – Non-illuminated/Single LED/Dual LED
    • LED voltage – 5VDC/12VDC/24VDC
    • Colours – Green/Red/Blue/White/Orange
    • Various button symbols
    For more information on our touch switch range, please call 01258 456360 or email sales@abcomponents.co.uk We will be very happy to discuss the various options with you.
  • Float Switches

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    Float Switches

    Alan Butcher Components is a distributor of the PIC GmbH range of float switches.  The PLS float switch series offers two ratings: 130VAC/10W or 250VAC/50W.  We supply both normally open and normally closed versions for top, bottom or side mounting.  The majority of our stocked products have Polypropylene or Stainless Steel housings however, the range is also available with Polyamide housings. The PLS-020 is only 30mm in length and is considered to be one of the smallest float switch products available.  The stainless steel switches are highly durable and can operate in temperatures up to 125°C. The PLS switches incorporate a reed switch in the stem.  There is a magnet inside the float which operates the reed switch depending on the liquid level.  They do not require a power supply to operate.  Please click on the following link for information on typical applications - PIC_Applications Please browse our range and call 01258 456360 for more information or a quote.
  • Push Button Switches

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    Push Button Switches

    Alan Butcher Components is the UK distributor for Everel in Italy who manufacture the Molveno brand of switches.  Their 25mm cut-out, SP60 push button switches are single pole or double pole, latching or momentary and may be fitted with coloured caps and/or a splash proof cover to meet IP65 protection. The SXL4 rectangular push switch is another popular range and is available illuminated or non-illuminated.  In addition, the Molveno push switches include the IP65 rated RMASK series, the SXA4 twin push switches and the P16 series 16mm push buttons. We also supply the D16 series pushbutton switches and indicator lights from Deca SwitchLab.  These 16mm, latching or momentary push switches and indicators have round, square or rectangular buttons.  They are illuminated switches using LED or Neon lamps with various colour options. Our push button door override switches are manufactured by KEDU - HY69 and HY69-2.  They are typically used in applications where a service technician needs to turn a machine on or off to be able to work on the internal panels ie. vending machines, kiosks, gaming machines, slot machines, HVAC equipment and security devices. As a respected UK distributor of electronic components, our range of Push Button Switches is extensive.  Please browse through our products and if you would like a quotation or need assistance, please call on 01258 456360 or email sales@abcomponents.co.uk
  • Rocker Switch

    Rocker Switch (83)

    Rocker Switch   Rocker Switch

    The rocker switch is one of the most common forms of switches. Its name is derived from the see saw action of the rocker - when one side of the switch is pressed, the other side raises. They are used to turn the power on and off devices and applications which are operated by electricity. There are many variations including size, contact form, voltage, illumination, number of poles and throws etc.  We will help to clarify these below:

    Poles & Throws

    Commonly these devices are described in terms of the number of poles and throws. Pole refers to the number of circuits a switch operates. Throw refers to the number of positions each switch pole can be connected to. Common switch forms:
    Contact Form Switch Function Circuit Diagram
    SPST – Single Pole, Single Throw On-off Rocker switch SPST on off
    SPDT – Single Pole, Double Throw Centre off (on off on) or Changeover switch
    DPST – Double Pole, Single Throw On-off
    DPDT – Double Pole, Double Throw Centre off (on off on) or Changeover switch

    Switch Action – Latching or Momentary?

    When selecting a rocker switch, you need to decide if you require a latching or momentary switch action. Latching - this means that the switch activates when pressed and the circuit is not broken until the switch is pressed again. Double pole, on-off, latching rocker switch Momentary – the switch circuit is connected when the actuator is pressed and disconnects as soon as the rocker is released. A momentary switch action is shown as follows: SPDT Momentary on off on switch diagramSingle pole, momentary centre-off (on)-0ff-(0n)

    Switch Ratings

    Switches are rated by their electrical characteristics. Voltage and current are the two principal ratings. Current Rating - The current rating of a switch notes the maximum amount of current the switch is designed to carry. This rating is dependent on the voltage of the circuit in which the switch is used. If the maximum current is exceeded, there is a danger that the switch contacts will weld together meaning the electrical circuit will no longer open. Voltage Rating – this refers to the maximum voltage allowable in the electrical circuit where the switch is used. The voltage rating may be given as AC or DC voltage, or both. Types of load – you also need to consider the electrical load in a circuit. Load is a generic term for something that draws power. Simply put, it is the piece of equipment you turn on and off. The amount of current drawn, multiplied by the voltage equals the amount of power used by the device. Resistive loads primarily offer resistance to the flow of current. Examples of resistive loads are heaters, ovens, toasters and irons. If the device is likely to get hot and doesn’t move, then it is most likely a resistive load. Inductive loads are generally devices that move and usually include an electric magnet, like an electric motor. Examples of inductive loads include power drills, mixers, fans, sewing machines and vacuum cleaners. Transformers also produce inductive loads. High inrush loads draw a higher amount of current or amperage when first turned on compared to the amount of current required to continue running. The initial surge in current can cause switch contacts to weld together. This additional demand on a switch must be considered for applications such as Motors which often have high inrush loads.

    Rocker Switch Sizes

    The size of a rocker switch is generally referred to as “cut-out”. Rocker switches usually snap fit into a panel on an application. The cut-out is the size of the hole which the switch will fit into. Rocker switch shapes are commonly round or rectangular. We supply a whole range of rocker switch sizes to suit the majority of applications: ABSL series – 19x6.8mm slim line small rocker switch A1 series – 19x13mm A4 series – 22x19mm B1 & SX81 series – 30x11mm B4 & SX82 series – 30x22mm ABRR series – 20mm round rocker switches Above is an example of the cut out information provided on a typical data sheet.

    Switch colour, illumination and marking

    The majority of rocker switches are black or white, however, they can be supplied in a variety of colours. Most illuminated switches are red, green, amber or blue and again, other options are available particularly if using an LED lamp. Our illuminated versions are available in 12VDC or 24VDC as well as mains voltage. Markings help to show the user what position the switch is in. Standard markings such as below are widely available. [products skus="TECNO11131191000,A11131121000,ABRR003,B115C11290000"] In addition, customised markings are also available however, please be aware that additional costs and minimum order quantities will apply. [products skus="ABRR010"]

    IP65 Rated Rocker Switches

    Our B4MASK range is IP65 rated. These switches are fitted with a rubber skirt/seal which protects the internal mechanisms from water ingress. Suitable applications include pressure washers, steam cleaners, outdoor equipment, industrial machines and control panels.

    Rocker Switch Accessories

    Fitting a splash proof cap to a rocker switch increases the IP rating. Standard switches are generally rated at IP40 and when a cap is fitted correctly, the rating reaches IP65.  Following is a link to our switch accessories page on our website – https://www.abcomponents.co.uk/product-category/switches/switch-accessories/

    Rocker Switches

    At Alan Butcher Components, we stock an extensive range of rocker switches. We are the UK agent and distributor for Everel who manufacture the Molveno brand of electro mechanical components. The Molveno brand was established in 1978 and has developed a strong presence within the European household appliance market. The Everel Group headquarters is in Italy, with switch products manufactured on site and in Romania – www.everelgroup.com  Everel switches are extremely high quality products. We have been working with Everel since we started our business in 1986 and are proud to represent them within the UK. In addition to the Molveno products, we offer our own branded rocker switches. We have worked with our supplier for over 15 years and developed a strong working relationship. This ensures we are confident in the quality of the products we sell and have the expertise available should technical queries arise. This relationship enables us to respond to enquiries quickly, particularly regarding lead-times and customised products.

    Rocker Switches UK – Our Most Popular Products

    As mentioned, we have a huge variety of sizes, colours, switch functions and voltages. Below are links to some of our most popular products which are used in a wide cross section of industries and applications: ABRR series [products skus="ABRR001,ABRR021,ABRR011,ABRR012,ABRR013,ABRR030,ABRR031"] A series – small rocker switch range [products skus="A11132200000,A11131100000,A81231121000"] B series [products skus="B115C11000000,B412C11210000,B418C1G000000,B4MASK52N112100"] SX Series [products skus="SX81111811210000,SX82112811210000,SX8211881E110000,SX8211881G110000"] For more information on these products, click on the link and use the “enquire about this product” form on the product page. You can then request additional technical details, a quotation or free sample for evaluation. Please add your telephone number if you would like us to call you back. As mentioned, there is a large variety of rocker switch products available. We will be very happy to discuss your application with you to ensure you have all the information you need to make the right choice.

    Call 01258 45360 or email sales@abcomponents.co.uk

  • Rotary Switches

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    Rotary Switches

    As the UK distributor for the Molveno brand of switches, Alan Butcher Components supplies the R1 series of rotary switches.  Typical applications include fan heaters, small ovens, cleaners, air conditioning units and dehumidifiers. The switch functions available are 30° steps up to 6 positions, single pole or double pole.  The switch cut-out is 28mm between the fixing screws.  Theses rotary switches are available with or without shafts, which need to be ordered separately.  There are 4 shaft lengths offered.    Not all options are shown so please give us a call on 01258 456360 and we can help to identify the switch that suits your application.  The complete Molveno R1 series range can be viewed on the Everel website at http://www.everel.eu/appliances/switches/rotary-switches/R1
  • Slide Switches

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    Slide Switches

    We supply the Molveno brand of LF series slide switches manufactured by Everel in Italy.  The LF series is available in 2, 3 and 4 positions and rated at 8A/250VAC.  These are robust, competitively priced switches and typical applications include cooker hoods, hairdryers, showers, heating and ventilation controls.  The LF switches are ENEC and UL approved and heat and fire resistant to GWFI 850°C and GWIT 750°C. Not all options are shown and the complete Molveno LF series range can be viewed on the Everel website at http://www.everel.eu/appliances/switches/slide-switches/LF  Please take a look and give us a call on 01258 456360.  We will be happy to help you identify the switch you need.
  • Splash Proof Switches

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    Splash Proof Switches We supply splash proof rocker switches and splash proof push button switches with IP54 and IP65 ratings.  Typical applications include outdoor electrical equipment, pumps, high pressure cleaners, steam cleaners, industrial machines and cutters.  The Molveno IP65 RMASK and B4MASK series switches have a rubber seal to protect the internal switch mechanisms.  The SXA4 series is a twin push button switch designed with a gasket to help protect against water ingress to IP54. Many of our standard push button and rocker switches can be fitted with splash proof caps and bezels to provide an IP65 splash proof rating. To ensure the stated protection, splash proof switches must be mounted and fitted correctly.  We are happy to provide samples for testing and data sheets can be downloaded from the product page on this website.  Please contact us if you have any questions or require technical assistance.   Call 01258 456360 or complete an enquiry form and we will be happy to help.
  • Tactile Switches

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    Tactile Switches

    We offer a wide range of 6x6mm and 12x12mm tactile switches.  Surface mount and thru hole versions are available with various operating forces and button lengths.  A tactile switch is an on-off switch which only operates when the button is pressed.  Once the button is released the circuit is broken.  Applications include control panels, keyboards, keypads, detection instruments and consumer electronics. Please view our range of tactile switches.  You can download data sheets from the product pages and contact us by using the product enquiry form.  Alternatively, you can call us on 01258 456360 to request a sample and quotation.


We offer an extensive range of switch products including rocker, push button, anti-vandal, float, slide, rotary and tactile.  Our illuminated switches are available in 240V, 24V and 12V in various colours and sizes.  We supply anti-vandal push buttons with ring and dot illumination up to IP67, also in various colours and sizes.  We have a variety of DP & SP latching and momentary switch products and please use the search criteria on the push switch, rocker switch, anti-vandal and splash-proof switch pages.

Alan Butcher Components Ltd. is the official UK distributor for the Molveno switch brand, manufactured by Everel in Italy.  Their rocker, push button, slide and rotary switches are manufactured to the highest quality and are competitively priced.  We also supply Deca SwitchLab 16mm pushbuttons and pilot lights.

In addition, we offer switch accessories such as splash proof caps for rocker and push button switches and coloured caps, lamps and lenses for pushbuttons.

Our products can be found in a wide variety of applications including domestic appliances, security products, medical applications, cleaning devices, pumps, printers and pet care products.  Click on the options above to view our range.