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Electrical switch question

I am planning an activity cube for my youngest son and one side of the cube is going to have 5 push button switches that will all make a different sound come from the speaker. I've got the recording devices figured out but I need to wire in momentary push button switches. My question is: all of the switches I've seen are rated for 120 v AC, will a battery operated system work with a momentary switch like this?
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I am planning an activity cube for my youngest son and one side of the cube is going to have 5 push button switches that will all make a different sound come from the speaker. I've got the recording devices figured out but I need to wire in momentary push button switches. My question is: all of the switches I've seen are rated for 120 v AC, will a battery operated system work with a momentary switch like this?
I know very little electrical, so I could be and probably am very wrong, so read this with that in mind. Hopefully someone a bit brighter in this field will correct me. But anyways, I think batteries all run on DC power. Leviton makes a series of switches for low voltage DC current apparently.

http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/ibeCC...minisite=10026

You're on your own from there though
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12 v momentary switches here

http://www.ebay.com/itm/White-Led-Me...item415dd74644

12 V DC switches are usually rated for higher amps than 120 V AC. This switch is rated for 120 V but the LED needs 12 V....?
Maybe not exactly what you need but the "store" has many options. bill

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/White-Led-Me...item415dd74644

12 V DC switches are usually rated for higher amps than 120 V AC. This switch is rated for 120 V but the LED needs 12 V....?
Maybe not exactly what you need but the "store" has many options. bill
Figures I'd be corrected this diagram for a flash light running on a momentary switch might help you, https://www.electroids.com/manuals/leda.pdf and http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a...hbutton/1.html has colorful switches

Ps, it might help if you let us know what type of batteries you were planning on using?
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RadioShack will have low voltage ones too
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A 120v ac switch will work fine on a low voltage dc circuit.

A 12v switch isn't insulated for 120v, possible shock risk.

The amp rating is to prevent over heating and melting problems.
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My question is: all of the switches I've seen are rated for 120 v AC, will a battery operated system work with a momentary switch like this?
Yes, they are used all the time in the auto industry.
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Automotive momentary switches are available in a range of amps. I've used them for things like starting, and horns.






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Thanks everyone, gonna go ahead and try getting some inexpensive switches and try it out
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A 120v ac switch will work fine on a low voltage dc circuit.

A 12v switch isn't insulated for 120v, possible shock risk.

The amp rating is to prevent over heating and melting problems.
Ditto.
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