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Description: 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 yellow 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)


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Customer Comments

  • can I cut and use those wires.. I mean If I need 0.75m length.. what happened if I cut that particular length?? is it glow or not??

  • The yellow one lights up during the quick cycle through all the colors. It is not the one described as yellow at the end of the video.

  • Can this wire be cut and used in multiple parts???

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Extremely dim.

The light is difficult to see in normal room lighting unless it’s blinking; in steady state you’d never even know it was glowing. Even in darker conditions, it’s way dimmer than you’d expect out of LEDs; unless you really need continuous shape lighting, I recommend using LEDs instead.

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