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JoeLee
07-27-2015, 10:09 PM
I could find a use for these switches. Great for things that you want to turn on and off but don't want to keep plugging in and unplugging.
Does anyone have any recommendations on any of these? I don't think any of them are UL approved and all look to be made in China.

https://www.google.com/search?q=wall+tap+switch&biw=1333&bih=617&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAmoVChMIs8rAyd78xgIVwiUeCh0cxAns

JL..................

Duffy
07-27-2015, 10:58 PM
I have been using one of the Leviton units for several years. Granted, it is only switching a small fan. I suspect that you also will be using them for small stuff, hardly ANY welders or milling machines!:) I understand your concern about UL approval, but I suspect that almost ALL electrical stuff carried by places like the Dollar Store is either unapproved or has a counterfit (sp) label.

Paul Alciatore
07-27-2015, 11:41 PM
The combination of an outlet with a switch has been a standard electrical item for as long as I can remember. Here's a link:

http://www.lowes.com/pd_208644-334-TR274W-SP-L_1z0yt1q__

It fits in a standard box and uses a standard duplex outlet cover. The outlet and the switch can be used either together or separately. That is, the switch can be wired to control the current to the outlet or to any other device, like a room light.

They should be available at any decent hardware or home supply store.

I have used them several times, usually to install a switched outlet. Click - ON. Click - OFF. Yes, very handy in some circumstances.

Puckdropper
07-28-2015, 12:38 AM
A search for "Wall Outlet Switch" on Amazon brought up a whole lot of good options. The first result has over 2,000 reviews and 4 1/2 stars. The next one, almost 300 and 4 1/2 stars. Even if you don't buy from Amazon, it's worth reading the reviews.

Peter S
07-28-2015, 09:22 AM
America discovers the switched outlet :rolleyes:. Handy aren't they? Compulsory here....

lakeside53
07-28-2015, 10:59 AM
That's 'cos you half-followed the wacky UK ring system :) Do you still need fuses in each plug device?

KiddZimaHater
07-28-2015, 11:15 AM
Never seen those before.

JoeLee
07-28-2015, 01:39 PM
I have been using one of the Leviton units for several years. Granted, it is only switching a small fan. I suspect that you also will be using them for small stuff, hardly ANY welders or milling machines!:) I understand your concern about UL approval, but I suspect that almost ALL electrical stuff carried by places like the Dollar Store is either unapproved or has a counterfit (sp) label. What I actually want these for are my shop security cameras. The cams are powered by a plug in wall transformer. Since I usually pull these out every day I thought it would be easier to put the switch before the transformer. I haven't seen any of these that are rated for more than 15 amps, in fact I recall seeing one of them stating "do not to use this device for switching of a motor" a welder ???? you never know........ someone may be dumb enough.

JL..............

Paul Alciatore
07-28-2015, 02:25 PM
I imagine they would work just fine for that very low current use. And will save the trouble of eventually replacing the outlet when it wears out from all those ins and outs.




What I actually want these for are my shop security cameras. The cams are powered by a plug in wall transformer. Since I usually pull these out every day I thought it would be easier to put the switch before the transformer. I haven't seen any of these that are rated for more than 15 amps, in fact I recall seeing one of them stating "do not to use this device for switching of a motor" a welder ???? you never know........ someone may be dumb enough.

JL..............

Rich Carlstedt
07-28-2015, 02:45 PM
Leviton


Rich

Guido
07-28-2015, 02:59 PM
Plugging/unplugging under power, will eventually shorten the ends of the male blades. If'n the power being plugged/unplugged is 3 phase, one blade too short will cause a dropped phase, and smoke. 3 phase motors are not cheap. DAMHIK.

Baz
07-28-2015, 04:42 PM
You could rewire along some continental European lines. Low level wall sockets switched from a switch up by the door light switch- probably also a 5 amp light switch :mad:
Sensible switched outlets predate the UK square pin fused plugs and I have nice big round pin plugs in 3 sizes (15,10, 2 amps at 240V) on radial runs fused at the board.
Best system I found was my school boarding house. Radial with wire fuse in both live and return. If the return fuse was the weaker it left the whole circuit live (240v).

PStechPaul
07-28-2015, 05:19 PM
You might also consider X10 remote controlled outlets:
http://www.amazon.com/X10-PA011-Half-Switched-Duplex-Receptacle/dp/B0007N72D8

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41fCtSbo1IL._SX425_.jpg

A bit pricey at $25 or so, however.

Other options are an IR controlled outlet for a few bucks:
http://www.banggood.com/IR-Infrared-Power-Adapter-Remote-Control-Socket-Outlet-Switch-Plug-p-974977.html

http://img.banggood.com/thumb/gallery/2014/outingting/04/SKU198480/SKU198480_1.jpg

And for a little more, wireless control:
http://www.banggood.com/Wireless-Remote-Control-AC-220V-Power-Socket-Outlet-Switch-Plug-p-930795.html

http://img.banggood.com/thumb/gallery/upload/2014/10/139274%20(7).jpg

By the way, is Leviton pronounced "Leave It On"?

Hopefuldave
07-28-2015, 06:39 PM
That's 'cos you half-followed the wacky UK ring system :) Do you still need fuses in each plug device?

Damn good idea, otherwise you'd need (like we used to have) different sockets and plugs for different current so a 1/2A lamp couldn't catch fire if plugged into a 15A outlet - fuses are much easier (until someone pops in a 1/4" brass bolt "cos it keeps popping when the welder's plugged into the rolled-up extension lead" - yes, I've seen it), the design of the UK mains plug, however... I think they're outlawed in the Geneva Convention, against horse cavalry there's nothing so evil in the world of caltrops.

mickeyf
07-28-2015, 07:38 PM
One thing those would be good for is the Fluorescent shop lights sold at places like Home Depot that have electronic ballasts, work great, but have only a cord with a plug at the end and no switch anywhere. I have a couple, over a lathe and over a workbench.

A.K. Boomer
07-28-2015, 09:07 PM
Yes Leviton --- I have a 20 amper one that controls my air compressor --- it's allot like what Paul A. shows in his link except it's a horizontal --- has the switch off to one side and the receptacle on the other --- also has a nice little feature, a little red led light to indicate if its on or off, so I don't have to walk across the shop to see what's up - just open the door to verify then off i go...