Talk:Stage pin connector

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 Mid  This article has been rated as Mid-importance on the project's importance scale. This is a pointer to an image of a SPC. a non-copyrighted image would be wonderful.

Expansion: Including information about the formally designated standard would be helpful. There may be an infobox format for this, not sure. If not, perhaps one should be created. 48v 21:43, 10 July 2006 (UTC)

I've added a source as someone thought this was not common knowlege and requested it, if anyone is working on the image, another source is here: 48v 03:27, 11 July 2006 (UTC)

I can get a picture of stage pin connectors very soon! I assume you would like both male and female connectors... JWGreen 04:41, 28 July 2006 (UTC)

I've expanded the article quite significantly as well as provided some overall cleanup. There is more that could be added, in particular some citations, manufacturer links, etc. and it wouldn't hurt to create articles for some of the ancillary topics, like Power Distribution Unit, multicircuit cable, and Company Switch. -Thavinator (talk) 07:28, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Advantages and Disadvantages of Edison connectors are covered well in this article, but I think it would also be helpful to cover Twistlock connectors, as many theatres use those as well. SPC's are not as common in the upper-midwest as twistlocks as far as I can see, any idea why this would be? -JWGreen (talk) 23:02, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Other Names[edit]

Hey in my theatre we call them 2PNG's (2 Pins aNd a Ground) or twopings. Does anyone else say that?KeepOnTruckin 14:09, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

--Never heard that, however SPC's are not widely used in my area (edison is the connector of choice). JWGreen 02:01, 10 August 2006 (UTC)

I can't stand it when people make lighting instruments with edisons, and bring them to my theatre and plug them in. Then I'm stuck running around flipping circuit breakers.
All theatres that I have worked in besides one have used edison connectors, and as long as they are 20 amp rated connectors, I have never noticed a problem. However, if common extension cord ends are used, it may overheat and melt or breaker. JWGreen 22:00, 12 August 2006 (UTC)
I try to avoid edisons at all cost because they have very little holding them in rather than twist-lock or spc which hold themselves in well. as for the 2PNG name, I'd say that doesn't make much sense as nearly all lighting cable has a hot, neutral, and ground pin. 48v 04:30, 13 August 2006 (UTC)
"2P&G" is not actually that uncommon, in fact that designation appears in Connector's list alongside a reference to the 'Bates' colloquialism. I've included that tidbit in a big overhaul of the article. -Thavinator (talk) 07:28, 23 January 2008 (UTC)
heres a working link: [1] KeepOnTruckin Complain to me | my work here 00:56, 24 January 2008 (UTC)

Interesting text[edit]

I disagree with this sentence: "It also prevents the use of common household 15 amp extension cables". one could wire on an spc if they wished. KeepOnTruckin Complain to me | my work here 23:18, 26 February 2007 (UTC)

Probably not the safest idea... i would at least reccomend not using the gaff tape to put the stage pin onto the extension cord. Also, running equipment off of dimmers can do serious damage to equipment, in the high school i work at, someone pluged a drill inot a portable dimmer pack and pressed the dimmer test button to get power, and then proceded to use the drill. Long story short, the TRIAC was fried two days before opening... its a nightmare to find replacement parts for mid-80's dimmers on such a short notice, so we ended up haveing to rent a rack to replace that one, which costs a lot of money... I was not pleased. -JWGreen 17:14, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

Older? Stage pin conector[edit]

I just noticed the caption on the top image has been changed to and older stage pin connector. I happen to be the proud owner of that SPC and can tell you that it is only 3 years old... just because the casing is an older style doesn't mean its old... -JWGreen 17:18, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

What I menat was the older style. All the new S4's have the second picture.

I switched the two pictures arround. The new photo is much better quality than mine. -JWGreen 04:47, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

2 Pin (Ungrounded) Twist-Lock[edit]

The theatre at the college I attend just acquried all of the old lighting from a chaple on campus, but everything has two-pin twistlock. I'm planning to replace it, but I'm curious if anyone else has seen anything like it- a few extention cable came with it too, no connectors are stamped, but one had a box and a duplex two-pin twistlock connector on it, and the GE logo was stamped in the center. -JWGreen (talk) 01:33, 31 January 2008 (UTC)


I saw no reference to the television and film industry in this article. This must be fixed as I suspect that film crews may use these connectors more than it is used on the stage, or at least as frequently. Futhermore, although some of the information seems reliable i see little citation and some info is shaky at best. I may take a crack at some edits, but I think it would be important that SOMEONE add some information about the film industry. (talk)mini —Preceding undated comment added 23:44, 3 November 2009 (UTC).

Extraneous Information...jumbled[edit]

It seems that a lot of this article is taken up by a discussion of cable types and other connectors, and at times seems to take the tone of an instruction manual. I move that this article be completely re-vamped. (talk)IA 728 —Preceding undated comment added 23:50, 3 November 2009 (UTC).