Rugged Waterproof Push Button and Rocker Switches from Cherry Provide Price-competitive IP65 Protection

CHERRY Industrial Solutions KC, KF and KD round waterproof switches meet IP65 specifications and provide a cost-effective switching solution for the many applications requiring protection from water and dust ingress. Typical applications include on and off-road vehicles, industrial handling and agricultural equipment, medical systems, powered garden tools, lawnmowers and garden sprayers.  Three product families are available: the KD and KC series of round rocker switches and the KF switch series for products requiring a pushbutton solution. 

The KC series switches are IP65 rated and designed to a fit panel cut-out of 20.20mm diameter. Illuminated and non-lighted versions are available with a black actuator and housing for the non-lighted version and red actuator with black housing and red lens for the illuminated version.  This series of single-pole, single-throw (SPST) function switches offers multiple termination options.  Electrical ratings include 16A @ 125VAC, 10A @ 250VAC, 20A @ 14VDC, 10A @ 28VDC and an EN61058 rated version in 10(4)A @ 250V.

KD series switches are available in two versions: DPST (double pole, single throw) and DPDT (double pole, double throw).  Featuring snap-in mounting to fit the same aperture sizes as the KC series, they can be supplied as illuminated or non-lighted versions and are rated for DC and AC loads to 16A @ 125VAC, 10A @ 250VAC, 20A @ 14VDC and 10A @28VDC, all models have quick connect 0.187in (4.76mm) terminals.

For applications requiring a round pushbutton switch rather than a rocker, the KF series is offered in five different versions, both SPST and DPST and both types of switch can be supplied lit and unlit as required. Maintained-action and momentary switching is a further option. The KF series has quick-connect 4.76mm terminals and is IP-65 compliant. Electrical ratings are: 20A @ 14VDC and 10A @ 28VDC, and in UL 1054 ratings of 10A @ 125VAC and 6A @ 250VAC, 1/2HP and 125/250VAC are also available. 

All three switch families have a rugged design for industrial and outdoor applications offer a mechanical life of 100,000 cycles and a long electrical life of between 6,000 and 25,000 cycles.

Full specifications and documentation can be found on the Sealed Rocker Switch  page of Cherry’s website. For more information call +44 (0)1582 506140 or visit The KC, KF and KD switches are available from major distributors worldwide.


CHERRY is a registered brand of ZF Friedrichshafen AG. Under the CHERRY product brand, the Electronic Systems business unit develops and produces components for industrial and household applications, as well as computer input devices.

ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology with 122 production companies in 26 countries. In 2013, the Group achieved a sales figure of about €16.8 billion with approximately 72,600 employees. In order to continue to be successful with innovative products, ZF annually invests about 5 % of its sales (2013: €836 million) in research and development. ZF is one of the ten largest automotive suppliers worldwide.

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