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I Recently purchased a Jubilee Line button from the London Transport museum. I was looking to convert this to a light switch. Can one point me in the right direction ? I would be looking to employ an electrical to connect this but wanted to know whether it was possible etc
 

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It's likely that isn't mains rated and is probably a momentary switch, in other words it doesn't remain switched once released.
 
It could be mains rated but the switching function is not suitable for a light switch without peripheral parts but yes it would suit a door bell.
 

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12v circuit switching a 240v through a contractor.
Fairly simple operation, but was that button “bought from a museum” or obtained off the side of a train during an especially drunken weekend.
 
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12v circuit switching a 240v through a contractor.
Fairly simple operation, but was that button “bought from a museum” or obtained off the side of a train during an especially drunken weekend.
Bought from the museum...

I was thinking of a push button mechanism behind the button. Are you saying you can do this in a more sophisticated manner?
 

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Are you a train spotter?

You could easily wire the contacts of the button into an rf unit that then activates anything you want it to
 
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Are you a train spotter?

You could easily wire the contacts of the button into an rf unit that then activates anything you want it to
I am not!

Does anyone that is based in London have any interest in helping me with this project?
 

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Ok, I was just asking out of interest.
In the Isle of Man trains are very popular with many enthusiasts.

The task is a very simple one.
Would probably take 1 to 2 hours.
Plus approx £100 to £150
 

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The button is a momentary switch, on when you push it, off when you release.
You need a latching relay that will stay on... then another to release the latch by pressing the same button I assume?

You get the 12v or whatever circuit working first, then use it to operate a 240v circuit with a 12v coil.

There may be ready made solutions from cpc farnell or RS websites
 
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Forgive me I have no experience of converting a device like this. Are you suggesting I go into a local branch of RS or contact a local electrician?
 

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I meant is there a loft space..
Because you are controlling a downlight then it makes the job very easy..
Is the wall plasterboard? That will be the only mess needed to be made..
What you need is an rf binary input module, this will be wired into the new switch..
Rf receiver installed in line with the downlights..
 

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I meant is there a loft space..
Because you are controlling a downlight then it makes the job very easy..
Is the wall plasterboard? That will be the only mess needed to be made..
What you need is an rf binary input module, this will be wired into the new switch..
Rf receiver installed in line with the downlights..
Why jump to rf as a first solution? A hard wired solution is almost certainly possible eliminating the need for any wireless connections, hard wired connections are inherently more reliable than wireless.
 

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Why jump to rf as a first solution? A hard wired solution is almost certainly possible eliminating the need for any wireless connections, hard wired connections are inherently more reliable than wireless.
A hard wired solution will be possible but due to the lack of information available, the rf solution I suggested is a guaranteed hassle free solution.
It is prone to problems as is a wired solution but the rf solution I suggested would be a lot less hassle.
 
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