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EL wire, or electroluminescent wire, contains a phosphor which glows when powered by an alternating current.

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Can electroluminescent (EL) wire used as a conductor?

I know the El wires have high-frequency AC current running through them, but I have never seen anyone using them to carry power. Can I use them as a conductor for a DC led and power an led lamp using ...
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EL wire and Raspi- is it safe and possible?

sorry for all of these questions, but I just want to check before I break anything accidentally :P I want to connect EL wire to my raspberry pi and control it via GPIO, but was wondering about the ...
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How to incorporate EL wire into a standard circuit?

I am trying to integrate some EL wire into a standard circuit but having trouble - I have some standard copper wire with a main supply and want that to run into an inverter (as I need one) and then a ...
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Power 3V EL wire inverter with DC adapter

For a project I have 20 pieces of EL wire that each have their own 3V (2xAA) inverter. Now I think it's a complete waste and hassle to replace the batteries every so many hours, so I wanted to try and ...
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Modifying El Wire driver for Brightness control

I have an El-Driver that has a potentiometer to control the brightness. I would like to control the brightness with an Arduino, replacing the potentiometer. Here is the schematic of the brightness ...
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My triac turns on when gate attached to vcc (good)… but also when connected to ground (bad)

I'm still really new at working with triacs and understanding them, but I want to make a circuit that allows a microcontroller to turn on/off an AC signal (very low power, not mains, don't worry) to ...
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Can I use 2 CR2032 batteries to power an EL light strip normally powered by 2 AA batteries?

I am trying to get one light strand to function with a different battery by cutting off the batteries from the light strands then switching the battery controllers and soldering the new battery ...
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inductor DC resistance too low for el driver IC: can I still make this circuit work?

I bought an EL lamp driver IC from Microchip, the HV830, but I was not able to find the exact inductor indicated in the test circuit shown below, the Murata LQH4N221K04. I found another 220uH ...
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Long lived LED vs EL Wire Lamp

I'm on a quest to build a small cylinder (1/2" diameter) that illuminates for extended periods of time on a single charge. I've looked at numerous small sized batteries and decided on using 2 LR44s ...
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EL wire + inverter questions

I have a question on connecting 3V EL wires to a 12V unit inverter. I know that is not okay to do so in a DC circuit, but I don't know if it is okay to connect them in an AC circuit. Here is the link ...
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How to make your own electroluminescent wire?

I saw Jeri Ellsworth's videos on making your own el wire. It looks simple and since I do neon work, I have a collection of many different colored phosphors. I tried two ways to make the wire: ...
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Optoisolator with EL wire won't turn off, TRIAC works fine. Why?

I'm pretty new to electronics, and I'm making a circuit to control EL wire with a DC logic control signal. Specifically, I would like to blink the EL wire with the output of a 555 timer. My first ...
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Can someone verify my EL wire oscillator?

I'm pretty new to electronics, but my latest project is a circuit with two "frames" of animation that I make out of EL wire, and I want to build a circuit to switch between them every 2-3 seconds or ...
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Reduce 160 Volts AC to 100 - 110 Volts AC (EL Wire Tape) Help

I am trying to put EL Wire Tape in a project that I am working on. I decided to go and build an inverter for 12VDC to 100VAC and that fell through. I couldn't find any guides that helped on EL Wire ...
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Driving EL wire with Supertex HV850 family drivers

I was considering driving EL wire with Supertex'es ICs or some equivalent ICs from another manufacturer. The ICs are designed to drive EL panels not EL wire. Would this still work? Supertex'es ICs ...
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EL Wire vs EL Panel, difference in voltage and frequency needed?

I am currently researching Electroluminescent Inverters/Drivers for a project. There is many accounts that EL Wire needs a higher voltage and frequency than an EL panel or tape needs. (300vpp vs ...
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Most efficient way to power both 12V and 5V off a battery

I'm building a lighting project for Burning Man and I have both 12V inputs and 5V inputs that need to be powered off of batteries. Here are the max loads: ATmega328p - 25mA at 5V Addressable LEDs - ...
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Which wire is suitable for connecting runs of EL wire?

I've got a little EL wire project coming up. Unfortunately I'm not too savvy when it comes to electronics, but there's plenty of tutorials online to tell me what to do. I'm clear on most of what I'll ...
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Power El wire from Mains

I have been looking at EL wire inverter, and most are battery powered. I want to power it from mains power. I was looking at having a transformer to step down from 220AC to 110AC. This gives me 110AC ...
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1kHz AC from mains power

I've got a plan for a large electroluminescent display. EL panels are typically driven with a sine wave at around 1kHz, and I want to use mains power for this. What's the best way to convert mains ...
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How to make your own EL Wire (electroluminescent wire) inverter

I would like to make an EL wire (electroluminescent wire) inverter because I can't seem to find a commercial inverter that can drive the right length of wire from the batteries I would like to use: ...
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Driving EL wire from button push on a gamepad

I have a homemade arcade controller which uses a USB gamepad board. I would like to add some EL wire to it such that when a specific gamepad button is pushed it lights up the EL wire. The Gamepad ...
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What factors affect the brightness of electroluminescent wire?

I'm interested in experimenting with creating my own electroluminescent (EL) wire. I've seen some videos on creating your own by Jeri Ellsworth. I have a few additional questions. I understand that ...
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10A power suply, high frequency

An EL wire consume ~10mA/m, and need a 1800Hz, close to main voltage, sinusoid supply. (The noise is not a matter as the EL wire itself will cut off the frequency >2kHz). for an installation I would ...
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Arduino + Escudo + EL Wire on analog port: need pull-up-down resistor?

I am using a pair of El Escudo boards on my arduino. I've stacked them and fed the digital I/O pins to the first one and manually wired the analog pins to the second one. All works fine - sort of. I ...
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Arduino triggering a TRIAC for EL Wire, no optoisolator

I have been researching and looking up how to control EL wire online and I will be using the same layout as the EL Escudo shield from Sparkfun but just for one strand. Basically: Arduino (+ resistor) ...
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Looking for and SMD optocoupled TRIAC

I'm looking for a SMD optocoupled TRIAC part for driving EL Wire (110VAC, 1000Hz, low current non-resistive load) with an ATTiny85 pin (TTL, 20mA max) running at 3.3V. The previous design used the ...
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Powering EL Wire from a PoE power source

I'm checking out some EL wire through the simplest means I've found: using the EL Escudo shield. I have connected it to an EtherTen microcontroller, and following the instructions in the EL Escudo ...
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Correct EL Driver Rating for 8 Channel Sequencer

I'm trying to use an 8 channel EL sequencer (found here) to control eight 10-foot segments of EL wire. I'm having trouble figuring out what the appropriate length rating is that I need on an inverter....