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Twist-Lock

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  1. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    The Twist-Lock® connector was patented by the Harvey Hubbell company (today, Welcome to Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems) in 1938. Because it is a locking connector, some prefer it to the stage pin connector. In the 1980s there was a (failed) movement to eliminate the stage pin connector and force all theaters, especially amateur and educational facilities, to convert.

    Twist-Lock connectors come in a wide varieties of sizes, pin configurations, and voltages, based on a standardized system by NEMA. See this chart, which includes straight blade devices as well (PDF warning):
    View attachment 2006_NEMA_Chart_Countermat_101107.pdf

    The most common Twist-Lock connectors used by the entertainment industry are likely the NEMA L5-20 for 120V applications, and L6-20 for moving lights.

    See also Turn-Lock, for a competing but compatible product.
     
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2008

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