quick-break switch

quick-break switch

[′kwik ¦brāk ′swich]
(electricity)
A switch that breaks a circuit rapidly, independently of the rate at which the switch handle is moved, to minimize arcing.
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The Quick-Break Switch - more than just a Light Switch, 1884 Inventor: John Henry Holmes (1857-1935) When we turn on a light, we seldom spare a thought for the inventor of one of the world's most common devices - the quick-break switch.
New technology is replacing the light bulb, but we will be using the quick-break switch invented by John Holmes far into the future.