Micro switches

I'm building an "arcade" type device and I'd like to have a micro switch that has an operating force of < 5.5 grams (the weight of a quarter). I'm looking for a hinge type that would actuate a device such as a light or another 110V device. I have found ones with an Operating Force in Newtons, but I don't know how to convert the weight of a quarter (5.5 g). There are also permitters that I'm unfamiliar with. Could you suggest a catalog or means for me to familiarize with the technical specs so I know what to order? Thank you.

by ottermedicine
June 07, 2020

1 gram force = 0.009807 Newton

by Foxx
June 08, 2020

Gotcha. I thought I had to have some value for acceleration or some other variable. Thank you.

by ottermedicine
June 08, 2020

Sure, you could calculate this from fundamental principles and g = 9.8 meters/sec/sec but it's much easier to look it up in published tables.

by Foxx
June 09, 2020

Wow. Who woulda thunk it? Published Tables. What will they think of next? :) Thanks

by ottermedicine
June 09, 2020

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