What is a push fit lampholder and can I use it?

We get asked this question from time to time, what does push fit mean and can i use it?

We have a small selection of push fit lampholders this means that you do not need any tools to connect the wire to the lampholder.

Inside the connections is a barb like device so when you push the cable in the barb grips the cable and prevents it from coming back out.

There are a couple of advantage and disadvantages with push wire lampholders.

1: You need to ensure you have a solid cable below are images of a solid wire vs a multi stranded wire.

If you have a multi stranded wire you will need to use a dab of solder or use a ferrule.

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2: Once the cable has been inserted its not really designed to come back out.

Some push fit devices have a small pin hole where you can insert a paper clip for example to release the barb, other devices dont.

Below is one of our SES push wire lampholders and an example on how to release the barb.

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When installing a solid wire into the push wire device you MUST ensure it is in and solid giving a firm tug once pushed in will confirm, if you have to reuse a push fit device please be mindful that the barb may be bent slightly and not going to grip the cable as well as it was made.

From a personal side i prefer terminal connections where you use a screwdriver to tighten the cable, i feel these are a better option in my eyes however its not to say push wire is unsafe i just prefer terminal connections.

Hopefully this has explained to you what a push fit lampholder or device is and if you can use it or not without having to amend the cable you have.

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