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 purple 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 really love this stuff. I used a router to slot some wood, for inlaying the EL Wire.
I stitched two strands of Purple EL Wire onto the lapels, pockets and hem of a grey suit jacket (I also hot glued little fleur-de-lis to the sleeve buttons). It made for a dandy nighttime accent for my otherwise purple and gold Mardi Gras clothing. Two AA batteries in the mini-inverter lasted the whole night.
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Can these be run directly on 120 VAC 60Hz? or do I have to use a controller that provides higher frequency output?
No they can't. You have to use a frequency of 1 KHz
Can you cut these shorter or do they only go one length?
Cut them as short as you want, but you'll need to do some soldering afterwards.