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can i drive the el wires from the mains of our house? Answered

 

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mrcdsmith

4 years ago

I connected a 1 meter length of EL wire to 120VAC 60Hz and it glowed at about 1/2-1/3 brightness, so connecting it directly may work in Europe (with 240VAC mains). I have no idea if powering it at the lower frequency would have any effect on the longevity of the wire.

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twistedhickey

9 years ago

 Not really a good idea.  Most EL wire is a 12 volt system that hops up the voltage via a transformer.   The transformers are inexpensive.  Go to trinortlighting for a US based company. 
  Also there are different transformers for various lengths of EL wire.  For example, I did a job where I needed to control 200' segments so I ordered a controller for 300' lengths.  The controllers range and they also have fun sequencers for controlling multiple EL lines at once, so you can sequence a pattern!
            Good luck, and if you do get the transformers, keep your body away from the bare wires because it will give you quite the shock!!!!!!!!

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steveastrouk

9 years ago

Driving it directly, no, you won't have enough voltage and it would be very dangerous anyway.

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Jayefuusteveastrouk

Answer 9 years ago

That nd the frequency of the AC supply from your house wouldn't be high enough. A low brightness, long life EL wire needs 400Hz. A high brightness, lower life EL wire needs 3000Hz. Your house supply will be 50-60Hz. :(

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Jayefuu

9 years ago

Yes. If you bought a kit with a battery pack and inverter you should be able to replace the batteries with a transformer with the same voltage if it can supply enough current.