Rocker Switches

What is a rocker switch?

A rocker switch is an on-off switch that rocks back and forth.  When one side is pressed, the other raises with an action similar to a see-saw.    They are easy to use and extremely reliable making them one of the most common forms of switches used worldwide.

Rocker switch contact forms:

You will commonly see rocker switches referred to as Single Pole (SP) and Double Pole (DP). This relates to the number of circuits controlled by the switch.  SP = one electrical circuit, DP = two independent circuits.  Switch terminology also refers to “Throw” which defines how many positions each of the switch’s poles can be connected to.

The contact diagrams below show the most common switching options available –


Wiring Diagram





SPST     DPST   AB-RS-007 - 12VDC Green Illuminated rocker switch




 SPDT   DPDT   Changeover Rocker Switch  - SX81113811000000


 SPDT       DPDT   Centre-Off Splash proof rocker switch - B4MASK19C1129000


Alan Butcher Components has been supplying rocker switches for over 30 years.  We are the UK agent and distributor for Everel, Italy manufactures of the Molveno brand of switch products.  Our range includes:

  • Illuminated rocker switches – 12V, 24V and 240V
  • Round rocker switches – 20mm cut-out
  • IP65 rated switches – standard switches can also be fitted with a splash proof cap to meet IP65.
  • Latching and momentary switches
  • Various Panel Cut-outs –  6.8x19mm, 13x19mm, 11x30mm, 22x28mm, 22x30mm


Rocker switch applications:

Our switches are used within a huge variety of applications including HVAC equipment, household appliances, safety products, vacuum cleaners and floor care equipment, de-humidifiers, medical systems, audio amplifiers, power supply units and control panels.

Please visit our website to view our comprehensive range of switch products. The search function will help you select the switch you need.  If you need more information on What is a Rocker Switch, please give us a call.   Our sales and technical department will be very happy to help.  Either click on our “Contact Us” page or call 01258 456360.

We look forward to working with you.