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.