Celebrate Earth Day with Sustainable Switches

Earth Day is Monday, April 22, and while many celebrate by planting trees or taking part in a neighborhood cleanup, you can also do your part by purchasing sustainable products to help you enjoy the outdoors and preserve our environment.

Solar Powered Lantern

Taking your Earth Day celebrations past sundown or planning an upcoming camping trip somewhere beautiful to breathe in the fresh air? Consider picking up a solar powered lantern for those late night walks through the woods.

Some of these solar lanterns even allow for charging via USB or by using a crank, like you would if you were starting an old Ford Model T. Regardless of which solar lantern you choose for your midnight movements, there’s a good chance it’ll have a switch programmed for multiple levels of brightness, measured in lumens. The higher the lumens, the brighter the light.

Some of these lanterns are even collapsible, saving space when packing it in and out of the woods. Regardless of design, it’s most likely your solar powered lantern requires a switch with a right angle or through-hole design. The TL6190 Series tactile switch from E-switch features that design and a plastic cap that makes it easy on the user to operate. It’s also sealed to protect from dust and moisture, which makes it perfect for outdoor applications. This tact switch also operates at temperatures ranging from -40°C to 105°C, so whether this switch find itself in the desert or the arctic, it’ll work.

TL6190 Series

Tl6190 Series


  • 12.04mm x 11.50mm tactile switch
  • 160 ± 60gf, 220 ± 60gf, and 320 ± 60gf operating force options
  • Right angle, through-hole mounting design
  • Process sealed

Solar Charger

We’ve become accustomed to modern technology, and that’s especially the case for young people. Taking the kids on a camping trip to a place without Wi-Fi might sound like a death sentence to some parents, but it doesn’t have to be. Wireless data availability has expanded to areas where car camping is common. Even our cars are equipped with Wi-Fi now.

But increased access to Wi-Fi and wireless data means more time on devices and makes access to electricity more important. But when you’re on a hike with the kids and their tablet dies, it doesn’t have to result in a temper tantrum that forces you back to the car to charge the device. Portable solar chargers allow you to harness the power of the sun to charge smartphones and tablets. 

Space is at a premium when designing these solar chargers, so a small, surface mountable tactile switch for turning on the charger is necessary. The TL6120 Series tactile switch measures 7.4mm x 7.4mm, is sealed to protect against the elements, operates at temperatures ranging from -40°C to 85°C and has an operating life of one million cycles. The TL6120 tact switch was designed to stand the test of time, regardless of environment.

TL6120 Series

Tl6120 Series


  • Process sealed tactile switch
  • 130gf, 160gf, 300gf, and 500gf operating force options
  • Surface mount design
  • Long life of up to 1 million cycles

Residential Solar Array

If you’re ready to invest in your home and think you’d enjoy getting a check from your energy company for a change, you might consider having a residential solar array installed on your roof.

When you have a residential solar array installed, a Wi-Fi device monitoring the energy production of your solar array will also be installed. This device allows you to use an app to check whether your solar array is functioning properly and how much energy it’s producing. Since this device requires access to your home Internet to log this data, it occasionally needs to be reconnected to your home network. This is where a switch comes into play. The 800 Series subminiature pushbutton switch from E-Switch could serve that purpose.

The 800 Series pushbutton switch performs a momentary function like reconnecting to a network by simply holding down the actuator, which has multiple cap options. These pushbutton switches also feature a variety of termination options and come with either silver or gold terminals. Installation is a literal snap with the snap-in, panel mount option, and in tight spots, the right angle mounting option can save the day.

800 Series

Best switches pushbutton anti-vandal: 800 Series


  • 3A, 120VAC or 28VDC electrical rating
  • Through-hole mounting design
  • 1 pole; momentary functions
  • Variety of bushing and terminal options

E-Switch is proud to supply switches for any sustainable products helping to preserve our environment and Earth. Earth Day might be Monday, but it should be celebrated everyday, whether that be by planting trees, cleaning out storm drains or designing and manufacturing products promoting sustainability. Happy Earth Day from E-Switch!