13 Best Key Operated Switches

List Updated October 2020

Bestselling Key Operated Switches in 2020


Mini Motion Sensor Light, OxyLED Closet Lights W/ 6 LED Night Light Bar for Closet Cabinet Wardrobe Ambry Cupboard Drawer Stairs Step, Stick-on Safe Lights Bed Light, 1 Pack, Battery Operated

Mini Motion Sensor Light, OxyLED Closet Lights W/ 6 LED Night Light Bar for Closet Cabinet Wardrobe Ambry Cupboard Drawer Stairs Step, Stick-on Safe Lights Bed Light, 1 Pack, Battery Operated
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

Prime-Line Products GD 52142 Electric Key Switch, 3/4 in. Outside Diameter, Hardwired

Prime-Line Products GD 52142 Electric Key Switch, 3/4 in. Outside Diameter, Hardwired
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • This electric keyed switch allows for activation of garage door opener by hardwired connections
  • 3/4 in. x 1-1/16 in. shaft with 2-1/8 in. mounting hole centers
  • Gray plastic housing
  • This item is rated at 24/36 volts max., and uses Yale Y-11 key blanks

Leviton 1221-2KL 20 Amp, 120/277 Volt, Key Locking, Single-Pole, AC Quiet Switch, Extra Heavy Duty Spec Grade, Self Grounding, Chrome

Leviton 1221-2KL 20 Amp, 120/277 Volt, Key Locking, Single-Pole, AC Quiet Switch, Extra Heavy Duty Spec Grade, Self Grounding, Chrome
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Heavy-Duty Key-Operated Locking Mechanism for Maximum Tamper-Proof Operation in Schools, Institutions, Public Housing, Trailer Parks, Loading Docks, Freight Yards and Other Areas
  • Chrome Lock Dome with 2 Keys Provided per Switch
  • Back and Side Wire Terminals Accept up to #14 - #10 AWG Copper or Copper Clad Wire
  • Large, Combination Head Terminal Screws with External Clamps
  • Triple-Combination Mounting Screws for Fast, Easy Installation
  • For use with Leviton 84071-40, 84072-40, & 84073-40 Stainless Steel Wallplates

Leviton 1222-2KL 20 Amp, 120/277 Volt, Key Locking, Double-Pole, AC Quiet Switch, Extra Heavy Duty Grade, Chrome

Leviton 1222-2KL 20 Amp, 120/277 Volt, Key Locking, Double-Pole, AC Quiet Switch, Extra Heavy Duty Grade, Chrome
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Heavy-Duty Key-Operated Locking Mechanism for Maximum Tamper-Proof Operation in Schools, Institutions, Public Housing, Trailer Parks, Loading Docks, Freight Yards and Other Areas
  • Chrome Lock Dome with 2 Keys Provided per Switch
  • Back and Side Wire Terminals Accept up to #14 - #10 AWG Copper or Copper Clad Wire
  • Large, Combination Head Terminal Screws with External Clamps
  • Triple-Combination Mounting Screws for Fast, Easy Installation

Pollak 51-916 Master Disconnect Switch Key Operated With Plate

Pollak 51-916 Master Disconnect Switch Key Operated With Plate
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Disconnect switches also prevent injury of the technicians repairing electrical systems
  • Battery disconnect switches cut-off electrical power, help protect against electrical fires
  • Excessive drain happens even when the ignition switch is in the off position.
  • They monitor the battery loads and automatically disconnect only non-critical loads from batteries

LED Night Light, PEMOTech 2 Pack Battery Operated Closet Light Switch, Wireless Tap Light, COB LED Wall Light for Bedroom, Closet, Dark Stair, Basement, Car, Pantry, Garage, RV, Christmas Decorations

LED Night Light, PEMOTech 2 Pack Battery Operated Closet Light Switch, Wireless Tap Light, COB LED Wall Light for Bedroom, Closet, Dark Stair, Basement, Car, Pantry, Garage, RV, Christmas Decorations
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Super Bright LED Night Light - Using the latest COB LED technology, more brighter than the traditional LED lights. Each switch light has 2 COB LED panels and the glows is 200 lumens.
  • Easy Install Closet Light - There are 3 ways to install this battery operated wall light. You have the option of hanging from a tack or nail with a key hole on the back of it or sticking it to the wall with the already attached velcro on the magnetic back.
  • Convenient Wireless Light - No wiring required, great and safe for a kid's room or a baby nursery. Moreover, it is perfect emergency light in your travel or camping you could use it as a "flashlight", or it would come in handy if the cable power supply has some problems.
  • Safe LED Night Light - Battery operated night light, you can stay this tap light in your bed, or the table near your bed, it will be convenient to open when you need to get out of bed in the dark. You don't need groping in the dark or stumble you when you get up.
  • Multi Application Wall Light - It is multifunctional as you can use it anywhere, in storage unit, dark stairs, cupboards, cosets, bathrooms, baby nursery, bedrooms, garage, pantry,basements, camp, RV or on board. Also, it is a perfectly christmas decoration, idear for christmas gifts, thanksgiving gifts.

2 Pack Keyhole Light, SENHAI PIR Infrared IR Wireless Door Lock Lamp, Auto Sensor Motion Detector, 4 LED Bulbs

2 Pack Keyhole Light, SENHAI PIR Infrared IR Wireless Door Lock Lamp, Auto Sensor Motion Detector, 4 LED Bulbs
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • MOTION SENSOR: Using Advanced PIR sensing technology, automatically identifies human body. Automatically turn on and auto-off after about 5 seconds.
  • BRIGHT LED BULBS: This light only activates in darkness, 4 LED bulbs is bright enough to make sure the keyhole can be seen at night without keeping the porch light on.
  • FOR ANYWHERE USE: This kind of small lamp offers ideal gentle light for the bedroom, baby room, closet, closets, cabinet, corridor, workshop, basement, garage, stairwell, oil depots, roof, door, drawer, trunk, garage entrances and other many places.
  • BATTERY OPERATED: They are powered by 1 piece of AA batteries (not included), please make sure the batteries are right placed.
  • INSTALL EASILY: Come with an adhesive sticker, it can be easily stuck on the door. Easily use and operate.

GDEALER 2 Pack Fairy Lights Fairy String Lights Battery Operated Waterproof 8 Modes 60 LED 20ft String Lights Copper Wire Firefly Lights Remote Control Christmas Decor Christmas Lights Warm White

GDEALER 2 Pack Fairy Lights Fairy String Lights Battery Operated Waterproof 8 Modes 60 LED 20ft String Lights Copper Wire Firefly Lights Remote Control Christmas Decor Christmas Lights Warm White
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Waterproof & Portable: With the small IP67 waterproof battery box(2*2.7inches), you can easily carry and place the led moon lights(NON PLUG-IN) anywhere you like(batteries not included)
  • Timing Function: To avoid forgetting to turn off the lights, you can set timer, the fire lights will be 6 hours on and 18 hours off per day. This function help you do a control
  • Easy Operation: With 13 keys Remote Control and 1 button on the battery box, you can adjust the Brightness or switch to in wave/sequential/slo glo/ flash/slow fade/ twinkle/steady
  • Wide Application for Indoor /Outdoor: These fairy lights are waterproof and perfect for spicing-up your decor or setting the mood for Christmas,Thanks Giving Day,Halloween Parties. Great for use in a restaurant or small business
  • 1Year Warranty Customer Service:GDEALER offers 1 year warranty for all string lights sold by Global Dealer. Contact us via Amazon message box or info@gdealer.net if you meet some issues or have some advice.

On/Off Switch Lock, Keyed Alike, Key Removable in OFF Position, .250 Terminal With 2 Keys & Nut; 30-1086-01

On/Off Switch Lock, Keyed Alike, Key Removable in OFF Position, .250 Terminal With 2 Keys & Nut; 30-1086-01
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

Push Button Switch 22mm Locking 1 NO Two 2-Position Keylock Selector Select Switch ZB2-BG21

Push Button Switch 22mm Locking 1 NO Two 2-Position Keylock Selector Select Switch ZB2-BG21
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Item Name : Push Button Switch;Action Type : Latching;Contact Type : 1 NO
  • Selector Position : 2 Position;Ith : 10A;Ui : 600V
  • Uimp : 6KV;AC 15 : 240V 3A;Mount Hole Diameter : 22mm / 0.87"(7/8")
  • Fit Panel Thickness(Adjustable) : Max 8.5mm / 0.3";Size : 39 x 29 x 61mm/ 1.5" x 1.1" x 2.4"(L*W*H);Material : Plastic, Metal
  • Main Color : Black;Net Weight : 89g;Package Content : 1 x Push Button Switch

CYLAPEX 2 Set Fairy Lights Multi Color Changing with Remote, LED String Lights Battery Operated, 50 LEDs on 16.4FT Silvery Copper Wire Decorative String Lights for Bedroom Christmas Patio Waterproof

CYLAPEX 2 Set Fairy Lights Multi Color Changing with Remote, LED String Lights Battery Operated, 50 LEDs on 16.4FT Silvery Copper Wire Decorative String Lights for Bedroom Christmas Patio Waterproof
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020

TE CONNECTIVITY/ALCOSWITCH 2SWK132AL101 SWITCH, KEY OPERATED, SPST, 1A, 120V

TE CONNECTIVITY/ALCOSWITCH 2SWK132AL101 SWITCH, KEY OPERATED, SPST, 1A, 120V
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

GDEALER 4 Pack Fairy Lights Fairy String Lights Battery Operated Waterproof 8 Modes 50 LED 16.4ft String Lights Copper Wire Firefly Lights Remote Control Christmas Deco Lights Warm White

GDEALER 4 Pack Fairy Lights Fairy String Lights Battery Operated Waterproof 8 Modes 50 LED 16.4ft String Lights Copper Wire Firefly Lights Remote Control Christmas Deco Lights Warm White
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020

Using 2 Switches to Control 1 Light Source: An Easy-to-Understand Explanation

This article provides tips for installation of two 3-way switches lets you independently control light from either end of the room, garage, hallway, etc. and alternatives that provide the same benefits.

A 3-way switch is so called because, as shown in fig. 1 in the top symbol or bottom symbol, it has one common and two poles, or two states. A technical name for this type of switch is a single throw, double pole (STDP) switch. Installing two switches that control one light is essentially having two 3-way switches back-to-back, as shown in fig 2. Referring to fig 2, you have four possible circuits that allow power through the switches to power or shut off power to the light. Power enters left side switch, into one of the two branches, into the second switch and the result being: light or no light

Additional line necessary

Be forewarned that an independently controlled dual switch system necessitates an additional power wire. In standard wiring, you have three wires: black (hot wire), white (neutral), and a bare copper wire (safety grounding wire.) With a back-to-back 3-way switch hookup, you need two black wires (power carrying wires) called travelers. In actual practice, one of the two traveler wires is red, the other of course being black. The need for the two traveler wires is clearly noted in each of the four possible circuit diagrams in fig 2. Note in each of the 4 circuits, you see two traveler wires (fig 3 symbol.)

The two traveler wires either carry power or no power. Both states are necessary to independently manage the off/on controls. The wiring and switching for all the possible circuit scenarios discussed so far are concerned with delivering power only. Simply said, all the open and close circuits have to do with the serial side of the hot line. The neutral (white) and ground safety (bare copper) wires are carried between both 3-way switches, but don't actively figure into the discussion. The additional traveler wire means you must link another wire from the switch at the source of power to the other 3-way switch. The other 3-way switch will in turn provide the power, the neutral, and safety ground to the light source to complete the circuit. If cleanly stringing another traveler line is too messy, then here are some alternatives:

Alternatives to the two-switch control setup

1) Consult an electrician. He may be able to do his magic by having the white neutral wire function as a red traveler wire and inventing a substitute for the white wire.

2) If the room has two lamps near both entrances, then replace both switches with a dial timer switch, 60 minutes switch. Now each time you enter the room, you turn the timer on to the minimum, 5 minutes or less, just long enough time to pass safely through the room. The timer will timeout.

3) Get a special light fixture that runs off the household current that's controlled by a hand held remote control (usually battery powered like a TVs. remote.) Purchase an additional remote so that each side of the room can be served.

4) Equip each side of the room with 2 or more flashlights ready to be used.

References used:
Switch symbol adapted from www.Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia
Wiring step-by-step projects by Smart Guide: Wiring, Creative Homeowner, 2004

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