For the past few years, Draper has shipped many of our motorized window shades with something called a “Quick Connector.” Such a connector is designed to help make installation easier. Our “Anderson” plugs made it possible for electricians to run wire up to where the shades were going to be installed, with one end of the connector ready for the shade to arrive. Wired to the motor would be the other end of the plug.
The only drawback we noticed during the time we used them was their size. Each plug end is two inches long, so when connected four inches total. The plug is 1-1/4 inches wide and nearly an inch thick. That doesn’t sound very big, but when you’re trying to fit shade hardware, fabric, and wiring in a tight space, every quarter inch counts. They were also too large to fit through standard cable exit holes.
So, coming soon, most Draper motorized shade models are shipping with a new, smaller style of connector. The M12 Connector is standard for all motorized FlexShade models using standard, quiet, RTS, and ILT motors excluding FlexShade 2, Colossal, Skylight 2, and Skylight 3 models.
The M12 connector has several advantages over the old style connectors. Thanks to its threaded cuff, compact design, and small diameter, the M12 Connector is easy to conceal, moisture resistant, and also flows through standard cable exit holes. It is engineered to provide a secure connection that is moisture resistant, and simple to install and maintain.
The M12 Connector can be used with most Draper shade models. The connector will be standard for all motorized FlexShade models using standard, quiet, RTS, and ILT motors excluding FlexShade 2, Colossal, and Skylight 2 Skylight 3 models.
For more information on Draper’s Motorized FlexShades, click here.