Friday, June 12, 2015


We're all about problem solving here at Littlite and sometimes that requires a little creative thinking and a touch of gazing into our crystal ball.

When we designed the LLX, our proprietary XLR connector, we had a short list of "Things It Had To Do". One of those "Things" was the ability to change the position of the pin insert inside the connector and it had to be a process that could be done easily with standard tools.

We did that but why?

Well, since you asked . . .

Many audio and lighting consoles opt to install the task light connector(s) on the back panel of the console. You could use a Littlite Console light with a straight XLR connector but you would lose some of the usable length as you curved the light up and over to illuminate the work surface. A right angle XLR connector puts more of the gooseneck light over the work surface and allows for better flexibility.

Many commonly used XLR panel sockets have a release tab that you have to push in order to remove the XLR plug.

Most manufacturers install the panel socket            

with the tab down so it can still be accessed
with a gooseneck light in place.                      


And so we manufacture our XR series console       

lights to be compatible. 

But what if a manufacturer decides to install the XLR socket "upside down"? A standard right angle gooseneck light connected to this socket would point towards the floor, great for finding dropped hotel room keys, not so great for running sound and lights.

That's where our LLX comes in handy. You can remove the set screw, carefully pull out the pin insert and rotate the pins to conform to the XLR panel socket. (How To Rotate LLX Pin Insert)


Now the light will go in the right direction. . the release tab will still be obstructed but we'll get to work on that next!

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