Does any no how to attach EL wire to those clips?
I've been intimidated by the price & design-restrictiveness of the ready-to-use wire, but then, the lengthy instructions for preparing/attaching the wire are somewhat intimidating to me as well. http://www.worldaglow.com/content.asp?id=20http://burningman.rengeekcentral.com/elwire.html Thing is.... had I been able to just wander into Fry's (or Radio Shack) & buy the necessary materials then & there, I'd have have at least tried it by now.
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Just a Primer Soldering the wire is the only skill you will need. I recommend that you have a few basic tools to do the job well. Wire cutter Soldering Iron Helping hands Heat gun Shrink tubing Soldering Iron - A Good soldering iron, the Wellers are real good, but priced higher, it is so much easier to do a great job with a good tool than a bad tool. Helping hands - The little stand that has two adjustable arms with alligator clips. You will be using one hand to hold the soldering iron and another to hold the solder, you will waste time and quality trying to solder two pieces laying next to each other. Heat Gun - Used to shrink tubing over soldered joints. This is more professional and secure, never use electrical tape. Shrink Tubing - Must be slightly larger than the two wires being soldered and their joint. Electroluminescent wire is very close to a capacitor in that there is an anode (+) and a cathode (-) and a dielectric between them. The thick wire in the center is coated with a phosphorous coating that reacts to the field that is created when AC current rises and falls in the wires. There are two very thin cathode wires wrapped around the dielectric and the anode. The brightness of the EL wire is controlled by the frequency of the AC current. You can plug the EL wire into the 60Hz from the wall socket, but it will not be very bright because of the low frequency, you need around 2 to 4 KHz . To get higher frequencies, the use of an inverter to convert DC to AC with a high frequency or using an AC driver. When pushing the wire for brightness note that this will decrease the life of the wire. Follow the specifications for the specific length of wire you plan to drive. Some inverters cannot drive very long wire lengths so choose a driver or inverter that suites your wire lengths. Wire the anode to the positive lead and the thin cathode wires to the ground lead. First do a lap joint to solder the positive wire to the anode and then place a small amount of shrink tube over the solder joint and shrink. This protects the solder joint and provides insulation so that the cathodes do not make an electrical connection. I usually twist the two thin cathode wires together and then solder them with a lap joint, then place heat shrink tubing over this soldered connection and the anodes The reason I use lap joints which are the two ends of wires overlapping each other, it provides a strong and compact solder joint. It is easy to use, and fun to create with this medium.
wow thanks, that really helps. steven