6 things to know when choosing an outlet switch

Socket switches are an important electrical device, having a great influence on the aesthetics as well as the activities of each family. However, how to choose a socket switch to ensure a durable set is something not everyone understands. Simon Revealing the following 6 reference standards with the hope that you will have more experience to choose for your family a good socket switch product.

1. Product surface inspection

Switches are not only electrical devices but also decorative items in the home. Therefore, it is necessary to choose a color that matches the decorative tone of the house and at the same time check the surface of the product to make sure it is not scratched, dirty or yellowed. This brings synchronization and unity, contributing to the beauty of your home space.


2. Pay attention to the sound when the switch is on/off

The sound of the switch is closely related to the structure of the switch. Products with strong, crisp, and unobstructed sound are indicative of quality and well-built equipment. Switches with unclear sound, slow operation, interrupted state in the middle will have a high risk of electric shock, not ensuring safety for users during use.

3. Pay attention to the load of the switch

At the moment when the device starts up, the actuating current is larger and the switch performance requirements are higher. The larger the load, the more power the device can carry and the higher the safety performance. Conventional switch sockets carry a current of 10A. Large electrical appliances such as air conditioners and refrigerators should use products with a load of 16A.

4. Product material inspection

The material of the product has a significant influence on the service life of the product. If the product is manufactured from materials of unknown origin, not quality assurance will affect product life, installation and repair costs and vice versa. Currently, reputable brands in the market often choose materials such as PC plastic, ABS, high-grade stainless steel, tempered glass, etc. to produce switch and socket products. These materials are impact resistant, high temperature resistant, and resistant to discoloration over time.

5. Socket switch contact material

The contacts of the good switch are made of silver alloy material, which can effectively reduce arcing (discharge process leading to short-circuiting) effectively. When the switch is pressed, we can all hear the sound made by the contact, that is the sound made by two metal pieces or metal spheres. If the contact is not safe enough, it can easily create an arc, short-circuit the switch, which can be dangerous. High-quality switches often use silver-cadmium contacts, which can have instantaneous overcurrent protection and are capable of suppressing very strong arcs. Poor quality switches, using silver-plated copper or iron contacts, have cut corners and pose a high security risk.


6. Product life – Reasonable warranty

Each product has a different lifespan due to the structure and material of the components. The longer the product life, the longer it will last. This is only available in products of reputable brands with good warranties. Therefore, when choosing to buy an outlet switch, it is necessary to learn about the product's lifespan and warranty.

Above are important notes to help customers choose quality socket switches. Simon, with more than 100 years of researching and manufacturing electrical equipment, has launched many lines of socket switches that meet European standards with a variety of models and types. To learn more about the product, please see more HERE.