Pole & Throw


Switches in Electrical Circuits: Pole & Throw

“Pole” indicates the number of circuits that one switch can control for one operation of the switch. “Throw” indicates the number of contact points. NO and NC contacts are single throw. Changeover contacts are double throw.

If one switch can control one circuit for one operation, it is a single-pole switch. If it can control two or three circuits for one operation, it is a double-pole or a triple-pole switch.

  • Single-pole,
  • The switch contains one circuit with changeover contacts.
  • Single-pole,Double-throw
  • Double-pole,
  • The switch contains two circuits with changeover contacts.
  • Double-pole,Double-throw

Use a multipole switch when you want to control more than one circuit at the same time.