Products, Materials & Tools | Apr 16, 2014

Molex Introduces Its New Low-Profile Lite-Trap SMT Wire-to-Board Connector System

Molex Incorporated announces its new Lite-Trap™ 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 4.20 mm, 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 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 of the Molex Lite-Trap connector 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.

For more information about the new Lite-Trap SMT Wire-to-Board Connector system from Molex, please visit

About Molex Inc:
Providing more than connectors, Molex delivers complete interconnect solutions for a number of markets including: data communications, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, commercial vehicle, aerospace and defence, medical, and lighting.  Established in 1938, the company operates 45 manufacturing locations in 17 countries.  The Molex website is


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