I'm planning a device that can switch a 240VAC 1A current - most likely 0.5A but it's nice to have the head room.
A relay seems the most obvious choice but given the low current it seems over the top and is pricey. Are there alternatives that I've missed?
UPDATE: Load is an IR heating pad so no initial rush current that I am aware of.
UPDATE 2: Load would turn on for an hour and then turn off, 5VDC or 12VDC timing circuit to control the relay to do this. Basically, push a button and the 240VAC load stays on for 1 hour and then turns off. Press again if more time needed.
UPDATE 3: Would this do the trick? https://www.mouser.co.uk/ProductDetail/Sharp-Microelectronics/PR36MF21NSZH?qs=sGAEpiMZZMve4%2fbfQkoj%252bCr9xHrLc8XaMpgkbqJI%2f1s%3d