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So I went to homedepot and lowes looking for a switch to use for triggers.

Im looking for something waterproof, and I have yet to find that.

So far all I have come up with is garage door switches. (and those are expensive. $7)

Wondering what others use.

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I am thinking about trying buttons for an arcade game. I would think they could stand up to a lot of abuse. Door bell buttons should work as well. Either one might still get water in them depending on how you mount them. Here are some arcade switches on ebay. I don't know anything about them or the seller. http://cgi.ebay.com/ARCADE-PUSH-BUTTONS-BUTTON-WKS-W-MAME-TM-HAPP-JAMMA_W0QQitemZ380107489132QQihZ025QQ

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Humm I thought of arcade buttons also, but had not a clue how I could get my hands on them, Yet again, those are probably not water proof.

I want to mount this all to a podium type deal.

Door bell switches are water proof!

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I just figured arcade games get a lot of drinks and stuff spilled in them. So I figured they might be a little water resistant. If they are not facing straight up I would think they would work. I may give em a try.

If you use a doorbell button is lighted you will need to cut out the light for it to work.

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Jeff Millard wrote:

You need to find a mechanical recycling place and look for something like these. I found them at a place in Glassboro NJ Called Fazzio's. Metal recycling places would have stuff like this too. I'd love to have about 6 like the big green one. I keep checking for them when I can. I'll clean them up, make a sign to indicate what they'll do... and weld up a stand to put them out in front with an LED reading lamp to light the thing...

Jeff

Nice find!

I will probably end up using something like this:

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100627073&N=10000003+90401+501748

or this:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3159591&y=7&x=8&retainProdsInSession=1


Thank you for suggesting door bells, amazing what google finds when you type that.


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I'm planning on using arcade type buttons as well. They also tend to be big, bright and colorful which I think is an advantage.

Although I'm not so worried about them being waterproof, I'm more concerned to ensure that they don't require too much pressure to activate and can be done so easily by a young child.

I thought these round buttons looked OK... http://www.austinamusements.com.au/arcade-buttons/cat_8.html?page=0

Cheers,

davidt, Australia

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I worked in the coin operated game industry for 20 years. Here is the direct link to Suzo/Happ; they make and sell all the buttons you see on Arcade games.

They have quite a selection, a little pricey, but they will not break and are "kinda" waterproof. You can order directly with a credit card.

Click on the amusement link or search for "button".

http://www.happ.com

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doublea wrote:


I know Im guilty as charges for getting the same question going in two threads.


This thread seems appropriate to me. It is specifically about what to use for buttons. It isn't about how to wire them or program them. The other thread is about the inputs and how they work. The wireless remote is a great idea but that is the only actual trigger button in the other thread.
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ItsMeBobO wrote:

This will light up a large area.



That's cool. Does it have to be reset or can you make it so it doesn't latch? If it latches I would think that might be a problem.
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You can try Allen-Bradley Bulletin 800T. They make mostly industrial buttons, and are quite pricey for a new operator, however, they are made in the USA. But, they do have an excellent selection, with everything from push-pull to 4 position selector switches, and are NEMA 4/13, so you can use them outside. You can regularly find surplus buttons on ebay.

Brad

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Hay doublea, I work in Santa Rosa and have some momentary oil tight push buttons NO and NC 30 mm, that we are not using any more. Or go to EEC on Holm rd off of north Mc Dowl. They are our electrical supplier, they have a large inventory of S&S allenbradly and seamons.

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