Molex Incorporated has unveiled its new Lite-TrapTM SMT Wire-to-Board Connector System featuring an overall compact size that meets the needs of thin LED lighting-module applications. With a profile height of just 4.20mm, this push-button style connector provides one of the lowest profile and wire insertion force available on the market today compared to wire-removable type connectors.
“LED lighting manufacturers are continually looking for ways to reduce component height on their boards in order to achieve thinner designs and minimize shadowing or interference with the light source,” comments J.B. Jin, Wire to Board Specialist, Molex. “Molex’s Lite-Trap wire-to-board connectors, with the push-button wire-removal feature, provide one of the lowest profile solutions on the market today to meet these requirements.”
The termination method of the Lite-Trap connector is similar to the established Wire Trap connectors Molex has introduced, as well as certain ‘poke-in’ types, but requires a lower wire insertion force. A stripped wire is inserted into the connector and pushes open a dual-contact gate-style terminal design that ’traps‘ the wire, providing a secure electrical contact and high wire-retention force. The Lite-Trap connector also features a user-friendly latch that is easy for operators to engage and disengage without the use of a tool. These features combine to offer easy field assembly and removal if needed, even for untrained technicians.
Other features include a long wire insulation design that provides stable wire placement for additional contact assurance. In addition, an innovative wire stopper feature facilitates correct wire insertion depth placement.