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(beginner) how to wire up a small section of EL wire to a lithium cell battery? + touch sensitive? Answered

ive never worked with el wire before but ive heard its not too complicated for a beginner. 

ok so i know what i want, but have no idea how to do it. basically i want to have a small section of 1.3mm EL wire, about 30cm long or less. the driver would have to be very small as its going to be in a thin metal case, and therefore the battery would have to be small to fit, (which is why i would want flat lithium batteries rather than aaa). also, if possible, i would like the el wire to be turned on only when you touch the metal case (like a touch sensitive lamp), so when you're not touching it its not on. 

i havent seen any off the shelf drivers that are small enough and/ or have small enough batteries so figured i would have to make it myself. i don't know how, which is why im here looking for some help...

anyone with any advice on how to do this would be great 

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mpilchfamily (author)2014-04-10

The off the shelf drivers are only large because of the batteries. You strip it down and replace the batteries with a lithium of the same voltage and it will be much smaller. Then integrate a simple touch sensor like this and your all set.


EL wire can be cut down to the size you want.

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