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Old 05-12-2021, 02:09 PM
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Default Toggle vs lighted rocker switches

Starting layout of my RV14 panel. Any thoughts Pros/Cons on normal toggle switches versus those lighted rocker type switches? I know the rocker type look real nice but are more expensive. Is the higher cost justified? Reliability?
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Old 05-12-2021, 02:13 PM
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If it makes a difference to you, locking rockers are virtually impossible to find. I wanted locking switches for a few things (electrically-dependent engine) and couldn't find locking ones without paying for full-on production runs of them. That ruled them out.

Locking Honeywell TL toggles can be found at reasonable prices if you look around a bit.
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Old 05-12-2021, 02:15 PM
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This is just me, but I found the toggle switches to be more prone to inadvertent operation due to their profile. I suppose you can buy the U shaped guards or similar, but that requires more real estate, etc.
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Old 05-12-2021, 02:32 PM
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FWIW, I will only use Honeywell TL toggles, locking for important stuff and non locking for everything else.
I will not install rockers, the small push on terminals are prone to loosening and I just feel they are not up to MIL spec type standards.
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Old 05-12-2021, 02:47 PM
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Iíve had both, toggles originally and then rockers when I upgraded my panel. Both types worked flawlessly, but the rockers just look nicer to me. I color coded mine to minimize risk of unintentional use, red for master, blue for each pmag.

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Old 05-12-2021, 06:29 PM
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Shuttle switch protectors can be sourced inexpensively from a number of vendors online. All my toggle switches either have shuttle switch protectors or missile switch protectors. Toggle switches are way easier to install, inexpensive, incredibly reliable, take up little real-estate, and with a black panel, white text labeling is easily read at night with a dimmable LED strip under the glare shield.
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Old 05-12-2021, 10:14 PM
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Thanks for all the feedback. Iím still a little uncertain, but considering cost, ease of installation, and no major negatives Iím leaning toward toggle switches with appropriate locking toggles in a few locations.
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Old 05-12-2021, 10:23 PM
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Shuttle switch protectors can be sourced inexpensively from a number of vendors online. All my toggle switches either have shuttle switch protectors or missile switch protectors. Toggle switches are way easier to install, inexpensive, incredibly reliable, take up little real-estate, and with a black panel, white text labeling is easily read at night with a dimmable LED strip under the glare shield.
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Tom (with apologies to OP for thread drift), what did you use to make the panel labels? They look flexible and effective. Thanks!
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jdozment, take a look at these switches, they are toggle and lighted, also metal and not plastic. Also 20 amps rated @ 12 volts.
ntepartsdirect.com item54-748
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Toggles all the way. No regrets.
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