EL wire, or electroluminescent wire, is a flexible wire coated in phosphor. Apply the appropriate voltage and it lights up! It looks a lot like a thin flexible neon tube. They come in many bright colors (check below for other colors) and can be driven pretty easily with an inverter. Check below for compatible inverters as well.
This particular wire glows red and is 3m (almost 10 feet) in length, 2.3mm in diameter and is terminated with a JST PH connector. This connector works directly with our two driver boards, the El Escudo and the EL Sequencer. Or, you can wire them directly into the output of an inverter.
(The video states they are 6 foot in length, but they are actually 10 feet in length)
If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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I recently bought several of these wires in different colors for my marching band for a night time parade in Denver. Upon returning to the school, the staff started taking the light packs off of the students uniforms and several of the them had the red wires break. This was happening right in our hands, no matter how gentle we were being with them. I have bought hundreds of these over the years but these past 2 years just seems like the craftsmanship has been cheap and fragile. If you have switched to a thinner gauge of wire, please don’t!