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Lighting a background surface Answered

 Hello everyone, 
I've been looking for options to light a surface for a garment.  I would like to obtain some sort of EL panel effect with something simpler.  I have never worked with EL panels, and they seem really complicated to use for me.

Is there anything I can use to make a surface lit?  Is it possible to have a surface of 10 x 15 inches lit, that's portable without huge amounts of power?

Thank you for your help.

All the best, 
Jen.

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jndopazo

9 years ago

 Thank you for your responses.

@caitlinsdad: I really like what you achieve with your project, and I wish I could use something like this for mine, but I need even light in the entire surface.

@kelseymh: I guess I'll have to keep the option of EL panel in mind, I'm just scared of the power needs of it and the ensemble on a garment.  Maybe I can find something that doesn't need a big power source and it's portable.  Do you know any place in particular?

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kelseymhjndopazo

Reply 9 years ago

I can understand your concern.  When I've looked at some of the EL projects here on I'bles, the two things I've noticed are (1) you have to carry some sort of chunky battery pack around; and (2) the panels don't look quite as flexible as you'd want for a shirt/blouse.  In any event...

The first hit from the Google search I mentioned is to electroluminescence-inc.com.  Their power supply is about the size of an old-fashioned pager, or a wireless-microphone box, and clips onto the wearer's waist/belt.  They also have a version with a couple of AA's that can be sewn into a baseball cap.

If you look at the hits on the Google search, you will probably find more than one company with material for your needs.

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kelseymhcaitlinsdad

Reply 9 years ago

*ahem* spam, spam, spam, spam ;->  As featurer, I grant you one (1) dispensation...

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kelseymh

9 years ago

Unfortunately, what you want is electroluminescent panel.  If you want a uniform illumination, I suspect that anything else you do is going to be bulkier (plastic diffuser with lots of LEDs behind it, with associated resistors and wiring).

A quick Google search found a company which packages battery/inverter packs specifically for use in clothing.  Connecting the two wires from that package should be simple enough.  Search on "electroluminescent sheet" and choose what you like.