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Powering electro luminescence wire (EL wire) Answered

I was planning on doing some work with EL wire, but I didn't want to use a battery powered system.  I wanted to be able to plug the whole thing into a wall outlet for power, because I thought that would be nice and convenient and all that, but I had some questions:

1)     Would I need to reduce the voltage of the outlet first?  It's a standard 120 volt outlet.

2)     What components would I need between the outlet and the wire itself to make it work?

3)     What length would of wire could I expect to light with this setup?  What is the limiting factor?

I'd appreciate it if anyone could help me.  I haven't ever tried this before, and haven't really explored EL wire before.  Thanks!

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caitlinsdad (author)2010-12-05

I've seen elwire.com a lot as a source on the el wire instructables, just put "el wire" in the search box above.

http://www.elwire.com/faq/faq.html has some answers.  Good luck.

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