Wiring Help for this IEC Socket?

Hi everybody,

Ok so I have just bought a fused IEC socket for my project which has 3 terminals on which I understand because you have live, neutral and earth. However I have decided I know want one with a built in switch not just fuse like this one (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/IEC320-C14-Inlet-Male-Power-Socket-w-Fuse-Switch-Three-Pin-/400327072215?pt=UK_BOI_Electrical_Components_Supplies_ET&hash=item5d355a59d7) but it has 7 terminals. Anybody know what they all are?

Thanks in advance!

SamuelCB: Hi everybody,

Ok so I have just bought a fused IEC socket for my project which has 3 terminals on which I understand because you have live, neutral and earth. However I have decided I know want one with a built in switch not just fuse like this one (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/IEC320-C14-Inlet-Male-Power-Socket-w-Fuse-Switch-Three-Pin-/400327072215?pt=UK_BOI_Electrical_Components_Supplies_ET&hash=item5d355a59d7) but it has 7 terminals. Anybody know what they all are?

Thanks in advance!

I'm guessing some of them are for the switch. ie. The four at the bottom where the switch is.

Well I was assuming this but still not sure how to wire it up because would you still use the top terminals and the bottom ones, or just the top and not the bottom or vise versa??

SamuelCB: Well I was assuming this but still not sure how to wire it up because would you still use the top terminals and the bottom ones, or just the top and not the bottom or vise versa??

That depends on whether I wanted to use the switch or not.

Ok so I will be wanting to use the switch feature so I need to use the bottom 4 terminals?

SamuelCB: Ok so I will be wanting to use the switch feature so I need to use the bottom 4 terminals?

This is very very basic stuff. If you're having trouble with this then I honestly don't think you're ready to work with mains electricity.

I appreciate your concern but I feel that if I was to give you a picture of a socket you had never worked with before which had 7 terminals on and could be 1 volt or 500 volts, then I would expect you to need a diagram of some kind as well.

All I need it for is to get mains power into this transformer (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AC-100-240V-DC-12V-Switching-Power-Supply-Regulated-Transformer-LED-Light-/230844619265?_trksid=p5197.m1992&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D14%26meid%3D2952344426166525128%26pid%3D100015%26prg%3D1006%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D230844619265%26) so that I can power my 12v Arduino and fans from it as well as the 240v heat cable.

As I said before hand, this could be a 12v socket and I would still require help with wiring.