Touch activated switch recommendation

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Old 06-02-13, 12:32 PM
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Touch activated switch recommendation

I'd like to get some advice regarding a small lighting project I'm working on.
My knowledge in the area is rudimentary so please excuse vague terms, if any.

I need to build a circuit (110v) where the live wire, after passing through an on/off switch will need to arrive at another switch which will split the circuit into two loops thereafter. Only one of the loops will have current running through it at any given time so the function of this switch is to... well, switch between the loops. If possible, I'd like this switch to be touch activated.

I'd rather get this as a ready-made product so if anyone can point me to a possible source, I'd appreciate it. Alternatively, if endorsing is an issue, could you tell me what is the appropriate term to use to find such a switch?

Thanks. Simple diagram attached.
 
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Old 06-02-13, 12:53 PM
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The switch can be as simple as a common 3 way switch, or a SPDT switch. Finding a touch switch may require some Googling.
 
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Old 06-02-13, 05:02 PM
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Do you just want a touch switch that outputs to A or B .... no off ?
Do you want the touch switch to fit in a standard electrical junction box.

I don't know of an off the shelf product that will do this directly.
What you want to do isn't difficult but the actual application is not clear.

Actually....on edit....there is a new touch three way switch from LeGrand. It's in the link below.

Legrand 15-Amp Touch Magnesium 3-Way Square Light Switch at Lowes
 
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Old 06-02-13, 08:46 PM
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Holy light switches, Batman!!! $57 That'll certainly do it. So will a $3 three way switch.
 
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LMAO @ chandler

Whatever floats your boat
 
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Yes, that is a holy grail of light switches... thanks for recommendation anyhow.

to clarify, I'm not installing it as part of any permanent fixture. Yes, it's only A or B switch as part of wiring for two bulb arrays (I want to switch between the two when main ON/OFF switch is on)

I find it difficult to locate a touch activated switch that acts in this manner though
 
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Yes, it's only A or B switch as part of wiring for two bulb arrays (I want to switch between the two when main ON/OFF switch is on)

I find it difficult to locate a touch activated switch that acts in this manner though
The switch that PJ posted the link to will do what you say you're trying to do.
 
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