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#1 posted 09-23-2020 05:19 PM

In real life (Navy and Army projects I worked, both as a civilian and military), we always used micro switches to activate a circuit. Generally, it was not a matter of some item slamming up against the switch, rather, there was a flexible piece of spring metal starting at one end of the switch and laying over it and extending past the other side about an inch. The item, like a drawer, would press against the flexible metal and cause the switch to be pushed in.

Since it was a normally closed switch, while the switch button was pushed in, the switch was off.

If I were doing this, I’d use a 12 volt or less (e.g., 3 volt LED) system, and very flexible tool cord routed so it could never be caught by the drawer.

Keep in mind all those times we’ve had something pop up in a drawer and obstruct it’s opening. It may be a thin (1/8”) piece of plexi between the light and the drawer would be a good plan.

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