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# 255823 2-Sep-2019 08:26
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In my camper I have a couple of light switches that just dangle out on their wires, as I can't mount them flat onto the roof. For the life of me I can't find anywhere, ever, some flat 12v switches, that take wires in the side, instead of the the back.   Do they exist? Every year I try and find something and never have any luck, either online or locally. 


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  # 2309234 2-Sep-2019 08:52
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Photo of what you have now?
Can you mount a small toggle switch on its side and parallel to your roof - with a small plastic box cover.
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  # 2309248 2-Sep-2019 09:30
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I have a couple of swtches like this from JCar

 

 

https://www.jaycar.co.nz/spst-round-rocker-switch/p/SK0960

 

But all switches have depth to some degree. Mounting on the roof I don't want any protuberances, and a flush mounted switch, would be my ideal. 

 

I seriously have looked everywhere, Amazon, aliexpress, Jcar, etc etc. 

 

This is the best I can find but it needs some mounting screw points. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 




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  # 2309254 2-Sep-2019 09:41
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I think I have found it. 

 

This is a double IR switch. Which I can mount elsewhere, and just run the wires to the lights. The remote I can stick to a surface with velcro or double side tape. 

 

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32797393402.html?spm=a2g0o.detail.1000060.3.85452832auKSzs&gps-id=pcDetailBottomMoreThisSeller&scm=1007.13339.90158.0&scm_id=1007.13339.90158.0&scm-url=1007.13339.90158.0&pvid=9ce33360-4fe0-4377-a999-b641399e19d0

 

This is the only thing I have ever found that is flush.

 

 


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  # 2309259 2-Sep-2019 09:56
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I don't think a switch that fits into a hole (either a round or square hole) with spade terminals mounted at right angles would be feasible. It wouldn't fit into the hole because of the spade terminals sticking out.

 

A switch with internal screw terminals probably would work, but I think most electrical hardware for vehicles tends to use spade terminals, probably to avoid screws vibrating loose.


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  # 2309336 2-Sep-2019 10:53
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Have used these recently, for lighting, you can order them with edge lit or custom etching, or blank, i used pre-etched for the services in the car i needed.

 

https://billetautomotivebuttons.com/collections/all

 

 

 

Edit-read the post properly, side mount might be challenging

 

 

 

 


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  # 2309441 2-Sep-2019 13:38
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This sort of switch is very small and is suitable for 12V lighting:

 

https://www.jaycar.co.nz/spdt-sub-miniature-toggle-switch-solder-tag/p/ST0300





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  # 2309490 2-Sep-2019 14:38
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Why not fit a surface mount box like this https://www.jaycar.co.nz/small-junction-box/p/PS4066 and mount a switch on this? I know it's not strictly a surface mount but it would be a tidy solution.





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