Grease for electric switch mechanisms and switch contacts must meet similar demands as other mechanical sliding surfaces: film strength, appropriate low and high temperature fluid range, and stay-in-place capability.
In particular, a switch grease’s ability to prevent wear is critical. Wear debris creates two problems. It can inhibit current flow when the contact is closed, increasing millivolt (mV) drop. When the contact is open, conductive wear debris can cause open circuit resistance (OCR) problems. In either case, switch performance is compromised. When selecting a switch grease, also note that the viscosity of the base oil should complement the contact force of the switch.
Low current/low contact force applications require lighter base oils. High current/high contact force applications benefit from more viscous base oils. Take a look at the below articles to learn more about electrical switch grease selection.