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    BlockMaster Introduces New Clear Connects™ Push-in Wire Connectors

  • Sep 28, 2017

    BlockMaster Electronics, Inc. announces its line of Clear Connects™ push-in wire connectors, which offer a fast and easy alternative to traditional twist-on wire connectors, is now available for LED lighting applications. While the new WPC300 Series connectors are suitable for electricians and installers working on residential, commercial, lighting retrofits or with prefabricated wiring systems, they are ideal for the very popular LED lighting systems being installed and retrofitted today.

    As the prices of LED lighting have dropped sharply over the last few years, there is a major push to replace fluorescent lighting in offices and factories with LED lighting.

    Many local utility companies are offering business incentives to convert over from fluorescent lighting to LED lighting. This past spring, BlockMaster Electronics took advantage of Commonwealth Edison’s incentive in Illinois, and converted about 100 fluorescent light fixtures in their office and warehouse over to LED lighting. The conversion is expected to pay for itself in less than one year.

    When the original fluorescent lighting fixtures were installed, the wires were connected with the old style twist-on wire connectors. The 21st century replacement for these old twist-on wire connectors is BlockMaster’s WPC300 Clear Connects with screwless connection technology.

    Installers and electricians will no longer have to twist 2, 3 or 4 wires together and try to jam them into a twist-on wire connector. The WPC300 Clear Connects Series will quickly and easily terminate wires.

    Clear Connects are easy to use and their transparency provides visual confirmation for a perfect connection every time. They also come with a Strip Guide so you know the proper length to strip your wire. The connectors accept solid and tinned stranded wire 22-12 AWG, and have a built-in slot for access to test the circuit.

    Lighting is not the only application for BlockMaster’s WPC300 Clear Connects. Other application includes security/alarm systems, appliances, heating elements, motor leads, junction boxes and control panels.

    Clear Connects are made with highly conductive copper. They are color-coded for easy identification and “touch-safe,” with wires safely shrouded by the connector housing.

    The WPC300 Series is safer and easier to use than traditional twist-on wire connectors. Installation time is greatly reduced, without having to twist or tape your connections. Their compact size enables connections in tight spaces. They are OSHA recommended to reduce wrist and hand strain. The new connector series has multiple international and domestic agency approvals, including UL and CUL.

    Other Clear Connects push-in wire connector features:

    • 2 to 8 pole units available
    • Voltage: VDE-AC, DC, 450V; UL-600V
    • Current: VDE-24A
    • Rated Voltage: 600V for building wiring, 1000V for lighting fixtures
    • Temperature: VDE-110°C, UL-105°C
    • Housing: Polycarbonate, Flame-Retardant to UL 94V2
    • Working Temp: 105°C/221°F
    • Clamp Unit: Tin-plated Copper, Stainless Steel Spring; Zinc-plated Steel frame
    • Glow wire test: VDE-850°C
    • Wire Stripping Length: 11mm/0.4 inches
    • Colors: Yellow, Orange, Clear, Blue, Purple, Black
    • UL Approved
    • Patented: US 7255592

    For more information on BlockMaster’s Clear Connects WPC300 Series, go to: www.blockmaster.com. Data sheet is available at: http://www.blockmaster.com/css_site/images/clear_connects/Clear_Connects...

    About BlockMaster Electronics, Inc.

    BlockMaster Electronics has provided innovative interconnect and terminal block solutions to electrical and electronic OEMs since 1994. The company has low-cost, high-quality manufacturing capabilities and can provide reliable products from stock.

    A distinct competitive advantage that BlockMaster offers its customers includes the ability to make modifications in-house to its terminal blocks based on customer requirements. BlockMaster’s Value-added Center provides the ability to fabricate, modify and print legends on our blocks at our Illinois facility for quick turnaround.

    BlockMaster Electronics manufactures terminal blocks from 1 to 400 amps, including PCB styles up to 130 amps. The company offers over 9,500 P/Ns including PCB, Feed-through and Power Distribution types. BlockMaster’s Value-added Center can also provide quick turn around on prototypes.

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