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EL wire phosphor vs fluorescent bulb phosphors? Answered

What is the difference between the phosphors used in fluoro tubes and the phosphors used in EL wire?
Can the 2 types be used interchangeably?
i.e can smash open (and should I smash open) a CFL bulb to get the phosphors inside to make EL wire?
How well would it work? (If at all)

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icengBest Answer (author)2011-07-22

The principle difference is a CFL bulb the phosphors are energized by Plasma
( the fourth state of matter )...
EL wire and luminescent panels on the other hand are stimulated by a
capacitive AC effect and the phosphors are degraded by moisture.
El wire works best and longest on Sinusoidal AC.

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rickharris (author)2011-07-22

CFL bulb contains a small amount of mercury vapour - Toxic!!

I think making EL wire is going to be a very uphill task.

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rickharris (author)rickharris2011-07-22


or this  maybe not so uphill as I thought

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