Molex Glow Wire Capable Connectors
Molex offers Glow Wire capable connectors in many popular styles to meet all safety and environmental requirements mandated by the Home Appliance industry. Glow Wire capable testing (compliance statement) became a mandatory requirement in 2001 for certain home appliances sold in Europe. This International Safety Standard (IEC/EN 60335-1 5th Edition) was issued by the International Electrotechnical Commission. Legislation may soon expand to other regions. All connectors in unattended appliances carrying a current greater than 0.20A must pass the Glow Wire test. The Glow Wire test measures ignition resistance of the plastic connector material. To pass the test, a connector housing must withstand 30 seconds of an applied glowing wire at a temperature of 750°C and not ignite, or if ignition occurs it must self-extinguish within 2 seconds, alternatively the connector housing must be made from a material that meets or exceeds the required GWFI and GWIT requirements as detailed in the IEC/EN 60335-1 5th Edition standard. A connector that is just UL94 V-0 or V-2 rated does not necessarily meet Glow Wire requirements. Glow-Wire products are manufactured from materials that have specific ratings and are tested by independent agencies.
Molex currently offers 500 connectors molded in materials that conform to the IEC Glow-Wire Ignition Temperature (GWIT) and the IEC Flow-Wire Flammability Index (GWFI) standards, and Molex is adding more every day. For a complete list of current Glow Wire parts by Molex please click the Glow Wire Interactive Guide.