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dantheman
using old push button switches

I have some never used old push button light switches. The boxes state 10A/125V and 5A/250 (for the same switch). what are the dangers or pros and cons of replacing the current switches with these???? being that new switches are 15A

JLMCDANIEL
Re: using old push button switches

Unless you have a large number of lights on the circuit there is no problem. A 100watt light draws less than 1 amp. @ 120volt so you could have up to 8 100watt lights on the circuit and still maintain the safety margin.
Jack

kentvw
Re: using old push button switches

Yup, what Jack said.

If you want to calculate your load in Amps take your total load in Watts and divide it by Volts, or, (120) and that will give you your load in Amps.

ed21
Re: using old push button switches

Unless I am way off base their is no problem replacing a switch rated at 10 amps with one rated at 15.
The circuit is still limited by the wiring & the circuit breaker/fuse.

canuk
Re: using old push button switches
ed21 wrote:

Unless I am way off base their is no problem replacing a switch rated at 10 amps with one rated at 15.
The circuit is still limited by the wiring & the circuit breaker/fuse.

True ... it's also the current rating that passes through the switch from the line to the switched load.:)

JLMCDANIEL
Re: using old push button switches

Another point, if I remember correctly, electrical components manufactured at the time those push button switches were manufactured were test at 2½ times rated capacity.
Jack

hometech
Re: using old push button switches

If the push button switches you are refering to are the old ceramic type I'd use caution. They do not have a dust apron, are not sealed, and for this reason could start a fire. The internal contacts of the switch can arc when the push button is pressed, and the spark could ignite dust that has accumulated from the wall cavity. In newer type switches the contacts are sealed inside so arching is contained within the switch body.

Ernie_Fergler
Re: using old push button switches
dantheman wrote:

I have some never used old push button light switches. The boxes state 10A/125V and 5A/250 (for the same switch). what are the dangers or pros and cons of replacing the current switches with these???? being that new switches are 15A

You can find on that there internet place UL approved push button switches and cover plates. Rather salty though....

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