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HOW TO Wire a DPDT rocker switch for

reversing polarity

When you need to control a DC motor (such as a DC linear actuator) you usually
need to be able to swap the polarity on the wires going to the motor.
A double pole, double throw switch is used for this purpose but you have to wire it
up correctly to reverse the polarity going to the linear actuator.

Step 1: Required materials
You need the following materials:

-DPDT rocker switch
-insulated disconnect terminals (female) x 6

or any combination of wire color. Because you'll be swapping the polarity back and forth on the actuator. . the color of the wire.-wire -wire cutter/crimper/stripper tool -a linear actuator or DC motor to control Step 2: Connecting the wires to the disconnect terminals First you need to cut a bit off each wire that will be going to the motor. You can use red and black. and whether they are on the right side or the left doesn't matter. This is the jumper that will allow the polarity to swap. I'm using blue and brown wire. THE COLOR OF THE WIRE IS NOT SIGNIFICANT.

Do the same for the brown wire. If you don't like it just turn the switch upside down. Do the same for the brown wire. Step 3: Connecting the wires to the disconnect terminals (for power) Similar to the last step take another wire that will go to the +12V DC (or whatever you are using). With my switch it doesn't matter which poles it's attached to. attach the main brown termainl to the pole right next to it. This will go to ground. I am using blue wire.Twist together one end of the blue jumper wire and the end of the main blue wire. and the brown jumper to the other corner to form an 'X' across the switch. Attach these to the center poles of the switch. At the end of the blue jumper attach another disconnect terminal. Attach this to a disconnect terminal. Then push this into the disconnect terminal and crimp with the wire tool. Attach the main blue terminal to one of the poles on the side. . Otherwise test before installing the switch. Do the same with another piece of wire (I used brown). as there is no up and down for the switch. Attach the blue jumper connector to the opposite corner.

Step 4: Done! Step 5: UPDATE: Wiring Diagram .