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# EL Wire - Red Retail

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)

### Heartbeat Straight Jacket

#### June 4, 2009

An EL project that displays one person's heartbeat on another person's costume.

### Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

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.

1 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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#### Looking for answers to technical questions?

We welcome your comments and suggestions below. However, if you are looking for solutions to technical questions please see our Technical Assistance page.

• Member #564778 / about 9 years ago / 1

Question 1. If I put 2 or n , ELwires connected in series , how I calculate the mA ? there is nothing at the pdf for this I want to connect 2m or 3m and make it 4 or 10 meters , just like you do at the datasheet. Put it on an inverter with a MOC and triac, and then control it with arduino. I see the datasheet of the inverters you have for this and the EL Escudo , so 8 EL is 1,5A?

So I want help with the limits to make it safe and not make it hot or ... anything

1. how I can dimmer this? I search some solution for it with pwm at the inverter input with a transistor

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