It's the end of the world, and you need a button to press. This is it. A 100mm diameter (outside diameter) dome illuminated push button comes with an LED, securing nut and a pre-installed long life horizontal microswitch. Button can also be adjusted to a low profile button by removing the middle ring.
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I was mounting this thing in a high-vibration environment, so I tightened it down by hand with some thread locker, but decided to give it an extra twist with some pliers, because this thing is huge. I've done the same thing with many other game / amusement buttons. This one, however, crumbled. I had only intended it to be a big sort of indicator light anyway, so I just mounted it with screws.
So yeah, hand-tighten only.
Sorry to hear that this happened to you. Glad you were able to mount it in a different manner. Happy Hacking
I use these buttons a lot and have never had a problem. They have an LED and resistor inside. They're set up for 12v, but you can replace the resistor to use other voltages. It can be put into a 3.5" hole, or a 24mm hole. You can take it apart and put a logo or design on the translucent white disk under the colored dome. It lights up pretty bright, uses a decent microswitch, and I've only had one fail on me in the hundreds I've used. Pretty reliable button at a good price.
Push button is easy to use with slip on electrical connections. Button and LED unit twist-lock/unlock and can be removed from mounted button housing for servicing. I drilled a hole in masonite and then mounted button with included threaded nut... HAND TIGHT is sufficient. Switch can be easily wired for normally open or normally closed operation (or both, I suppose...) I also liked the option of being able to remove the base and possibly "flush mounting" the button for my application... I didn't, because I would have had to drill a bigger hole, but there is certainly some flexibility in the way this is designed.
We had to break it to remove it from a wall where it was mounted. It would only work when pressed in a certain way, at a certain angle...if then.
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It was the exact item I needed and it didn't break.
Besides just looking terrific, It is easy to take apart so that I can attach it to something else, such as an acrylic sheet of plastic.
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Can anyone tell me how much the switch in the bottom protrudes? In other words, what is the minimum height of an enclosure for this?
Why is this green different than the economy green?
The LED will also light at 5V. I measured the built in current limiting resistor at 464 ohms. Current at 5.7V was 6mA, indicating the forward voltage of the LED was 2.9V. It even lit dimly at 4V, drawing 2.8ma, meaning 2.7V forward across the LED.
My particular 5V Arduino can source or sink 40mA per pin (200mA total), so conveniently these work directly connected to my Arduino's pins.
60mm diameter? Nope, this is big! The button alone is more like 80mm(3.13"), the total diameter is about 98mm(3.87"). The mounting hole diameter is correct at 24mm.
The color of this particular button is actually a really nice green, not the aqua color shown in the pictures. It has very good brightness at 12V, but not so good at 5V. However the LED resistor could be changed without too much difficulty to work at well 3-5V if desired.
So... Big dome button Simon kit coming soon?