Monday, April 18, 2011

What The Power Button Symbol Says

Ever noticed the little symbols that appear on the power button of your device and equipment?

Most people don’t. If it is a toggle switch like the light switch installed on your home and office, you just know which way is ON and OFF since you use them everyday.

If you live in North America, the switch is ON when it is “up” and OFF when “down”. This is reverse in many countries such as the UK, Ireland, India, Australia, and in New Zealand.



Whether you need it or not, all power switches be it is a toggle switch or a push button, have a symbol on it that visually defines how the switch is supposed to work.



The line symbol is usually found in toggle switches connected to the main lines – the typical light bulb switch.






This symbol is found on switches that connects to or disconnects from the mains, with the “OFF” as the stable position, whilst the “ON” position only remains during the time the button is depressed.



This symbol is found on devices that receives power from the mains (or battery) through the power outlet on walls or similar arrangement, such as the computer, monitor, printer or television. A power switch with this symbol does not fully turn off the device as long as it continues to receive power from the source.

14 commentaires:

Borre Kool said...

Interesting, I'm following you :)

fit4life said...

what does it actually mean?

fit4life said...

also, following.

joeshmoe36098 said...

when I learned that the 1 0 on/off thing came from binary (1 on, 0 off) my mind was blown

freightblog said...

i didnt know this before.

Michelangelo said...

Humm, curious how i never though about that!

Ke3user said...

I actually never knew. Hmm very interesting. I just kind of knew what to do from common sense :P.

C Mo Gunz said...

wow thats very interesting! i didn't know that, cool post!

RobinV said...

Never noticed the difference actually. Fun thing to know, but dont think itll ever improve quality of life for me haha

OatmealStout said...

Pretty interesting.

Lich said...

Never thought about that...

Fugazi said...

Always knew this but still a neat post.

Mike Yurchenko said...

that is curious

REM4606 said...

never knew any of this! very interesting... keep this up!

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