can you cut el wire?

I was thinking of putting el wire on my bike but I don't need 10 feet of it and I just wanted to know if you could cut it to size and still have it functioning?

Zinventor3 years ago

You can most definitely cut it, but there are two things you need to be careful of. First, you need to make sure you don't accidentally short it, that's pretty easy thought, just make sure it's a nice clean cut, and that the filaments on the outside of the EL core don't touch the copper inner core. Next, you need to seal the end, and seal it well. Humidity can wreak havoc on EL wire, so you need to make sure that the end is absolutely water-tight. I've had good success in the past using heat-shrink with a small blob of hot-glue in the end.

rickharris3 years ago

Yes you can but it is very hard to get a good join again - Most commercial stuff is crimped - the wire won't solder.