Replacing the pull chain light switch in a ceiling fan

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Old 07-21-16, 09:09 AM
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Replacing the pull chain light switch in a ceiling fan

I am replacing the pull chain light switch in my ceiling fan. This is a simple switch that just turns the light on and off. Here is a picture of the old switch (I clipped the wires to remove it):
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The imprint on the old switch has the following ratings:
3A250V AC
6A125V AC
3A125VL

I am having a hard time finding the correct replacement, because I want to be careful not to replace it with a differently rated switch that could cause problems.

The switch I found at Lowes is rated with the following imprint:
1A250V
3A125V
3A125VT

I assume that I should not use this new switch, because it is rated at a lower amperage, which could cause problems. Is that correct?

I found another possible replacement switch at Home Depot. It is rated with the following imprint:
3A250V AC
6A125V AC
6A 3A125VL

I used red font to note the one difference in the rating of the Home Depot switch compared with the old switch. Instead of just saying "3A125VL", it says "6A 3A125VL".

Is it safe for me to use this switch from Home Depot?

Thanks.
 
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Old 07-21-16, 09:21 AM
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Higher amp rating or voltage rating is okay. the third switch is fine.

3A250V AC
6A125V AC
6A 3A125VL
 
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Thanks, Ray. I appreciate the help!
 
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Old 07-21-16, 11:34 PM
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In case you come back.... any of those switches would have been fine. Pick the replacement by where the pull chain operates smoothly. There are a boatload of junk switches on the market.

If it feels sticky or jerky when you pull it.... it won't last long.
 
 

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