Rocker switch using a star spring

  • US 5,950,812 A
  • Filed: 03/26/1999
  • Issued: 09/14/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/26/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. In an electrical rocker switch, the improvement comprising:

  • a) a movable contact arm having a body extending from a first end to a second end and between two, spaced apart, parallel side edges, said movable contact arm having two transversely extending ribs, each of said two transversely extending ribs extending from a different one of said side edges adjacent said second end and aligned with one another, said movable contact arm placeable in one of a first and second position;

    b) at least one movable contact on said movable contact arm adjacent said first end and adapted to engage a fixed contact to complete a first electrical circuit when said movable contact arm is in said first position;

    c) a rocker comprising, on a first side, two panels, each of said panels engagable by a user to place said movable contact arm in one of said two positions, and on a second side a pair of support posts extending outwardly, generally perpendicular to said second side of said rocker, said support posts having slots therein from a free end towards said second side of said rocker, each of said slots receiving one of said transversely extending ribs to permit said movable contact arm to pivot about said support posts to move between said first and second positions; and

    d) a leaf-type spring member composed of flat spring stock selectively bent to provide a plurality of segments to engage said movable contact arm at said second end and said second side of said rocker to position said movable contact arm in one of said two positions based upon which one of said two panels is depressed by said user.

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