I am building an arcade machine, using a CRT television. I am wishing to replace the television's front panel power switch with a toggle switch on the outside of the cabinet but am concerned by two pins on the switch.
The two smaller pins mounted on the black plastic at the top are momentarily connected after the button is depressed but not after the unit is powered off or on. The switch indicates that they have a maximum voltage of 24v.
Is this some sort of protection mechanism?
Would I be unwise to wire a new switch without this?
Finally, is there any reason why I couldn't just keep the switch turned on and instead just use a master switch which turns on mains voltage to the whole unit? Is the television likely to be damaged if I don't turn it on and off using this front panel switch?
Here is a photo of the circuit board and the CRT. The switch in question is a PREH ME5C.
I replaced the switch as intended and the TV turns on with no apparent ill-effects. Interestingly, the on indicator LED briefly flashed on but then turned off.
Is the 24V possibly a secondary circuit for the remote control and front panel? I don't have the remote and I'm not game to reach inside the unit while it's on to play with the buttons on the front panel.