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Magnetic Switch

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  • Normally Open
  • Normally Closed
  • Effective for Theft Deterrence
  • One of the only switches with both normally closed contacts
  • Great for pick-ups with sliding rear window
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  • Brand Name: Directed Electronics
  • Model Number: 8601
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: ONE YEAR

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Directed Magnetic Switch

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Technical Details
Item Weight0.3 ounces
Product Dimensions3 x 8 x 5 inches
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Item model number8601
Batteries:1 12V batteries required.
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WarrantyONE YEAR
Weight1.60 Ounces
  
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ASINB0009SUF08
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Shipping Weight0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableJuly 20, 2005
  
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Chris on September 7, 2013
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I bought several of these switches for use with LED strip lights that I wanted to come on when we opened out pantry cabinet doors. They worked perfectly. The magnet is strong and they turn off when the door gets about 3/4 inch from closing. The fact that you can set them to be on when in contact or off made it super easy to work in my application.

Overall I don't think these could have worked any better. I have had them in place for several months with no issues.
Here are some of the things I learned during the install that may help you out:
- Use the tape to position each part of the switch before you screw them in. It will give you a chance to test before you make screw holes.
- The remote piece can be in any position as long as the arrows indicators are on the same side. For example, the non-wired side ,aka remote side, can be flipped upside down or at 90 degrees. The screw down plates don't have to be on the same plane/surface. (I hope that makes sense, its harder to describe than I thought).
- Don't worry too much about getting the open/closed wiring correct before you mount them. Its easy to change after it has been installed if you leave 1/2 an inch of extra wire. You can trim the excess afterwards.

I hope that all helps.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Marc Liyanage on February 4, 2014
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I'm using this for a shed light, in combination with an Amprobe RC-120S Remcon Relay Switch. Both work great.

Tip: I didn't want the naked wires hanging off the switch (even though they only carry low voltage), so I 3D-printed a cover for it, you can find it on thingiverse with ID 241875 and print it yourself if you want the wires covered.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kevin B. on November 7, 2010
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I purchased this switch as a replacement to one that became unreliable due to dirty or oxidized contacts. A good feature is that at 2 inches long, this switch is half the size of the one I was replacing. It is also universal since it has both "normally open" and "normally closed" contact options. However, this switch also came with a weak magnet that required very close proximity (unreliable at ¼ inch) for the switch to open (close) compared to the one I was replacing. I ended up using the old magnet to trigger the new switch and the combination works well. I recommend this switch only for applications with less than ¼ inch gap for reliability.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. DiMeo on August 1, 2010
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Works fine, easy to hook up due to having both normally-open and normally-closed wiring options. Works fine within an inch or so of separation.

I've used these in a security application, and also to control an LED strip light inside a cabinet( so the lights come on when the cabinet is opened).

The adhesive is nice while positioning, but don't depend on it for long-term installation; use screws or the tape will eventually fail on you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Van E. Hodges on May 20, 2015
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I bought these to use with an LED light strand to turn on when a door is opened. It works great. Like the description states, this switch can be wired in either the Normal Closed or Normal Open orientation. I wired mine to be in the Normal Closed orientation and being that this is magnetic it doesn't have to physically touch to engage.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rick D. Fryar on April 25, 2012
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Easily used as a garage door open switch. I wired this to my therastat to not heat my garage in the winter when the door was open.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Zyphen on March 6, 2008
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Make sure you need a low voltage switch or this is not the product for you. Will work to switch 110V with a relay and a little work! I ended up purchasing a larger white magnetic switch from an electronics distributor which had a stronger magnet in it and was a little larger and more suited to my application (which still required a relay!) I found no 110V magnetic switches available. I realize I can't really review this products reliability or proper functioning but wanted to put a 'buyer beware' notice for the reasons above. Also, the packaging mentions that this is an automotive device.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By brentd on November 28, 2012
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The switching mechanism is fine. The screws were easy to turn and left enough room for wires to be put in. The inserts were clearly labeled. The problem is that without some careful planning the wires can rub together, shorting the circuit. This is due to the close proximity of the inserts but that allows it to be small. So, in this case the benefit of size outweighs the minor inconvenience. The triggering magnet could also be a little stronger but it worked well for my intentions.
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