Momentary tactile push button switch on prototype breadboard

Most of the push button switches I have can be inserted into a prototype breadboard fairly easily. I got mine from some electronics starter kits. I see them in probably most kits that also include a breadboard.

I assume you already know…

Switch basics

  • Open switch – off
  • Closed switch – on
Common push button and throw switches schematic symbols diagram by electronzap electronzapdotcom
Common push button and throw switches schematic symbols diagram by electronzap electronzapdotcom

All of my push button switches are normally open (NO). That means that they are normally off. Once you press the button, the switch closes and the switch is on. As soon as you release the button, they turn off again. Thus, they are momentary switches.

Open and closed circuit schematic examples diagram by electronzap electronzapdotcom
Open and closed circuit schematic examples diagram by electronzap electronzapdotcom

I don’t know if any breadboard friendly push button switches are normally closed (NC). But, it’s not hard to find other types of push button switches that are normally closed.




How to use on a breadboard videos

This is my best momentary tactile push button on a breadboard video. It helps a lot if you click the link to watch the whole video directly on YouTube!

Electronics momentary tactile push button switch for quick videos 1

And the following videos is my most popular YouTube video for some reason. So I included it.

Normally open tactile push button switch. How to insert into breadboard and use in an LED circuit.

Following video covers using the push button switch




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