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Apparently you can run it off of 120VAC at "reduced brightness" as I observed: http://www.lytec.nl/faq.html#name10
And it will actually last longer at a lower frequency:http://www.lytec.nl/faq.html#name12
I connected a 1 meter length of EL wire to 120VAC 60Hz and it glowed at about 1/2-1/3 brightness, so connecting it directly may work in Europe (with 240VAC mains). I have no idea if powering it at the lower frequency would have any effect on the longevity of the wire.
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