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Electroluminescent wire (often abbreviated as EL wire) is a thin copper wire coated in a phosphor which glows when an alternating current is applied to it. EL materials are not only available in wire form, there also exists EL panels and EL tape. These materials can be used in a wide variety of applications—vehicle and/or structure decoration, safety and emergency lighting, toys, clothing etc.
All EL materials work with AC, so they need an inverter circuit to work. There are portable inverters which can be used in wearable applications and also there exist DC powered inverters which either can be powered by a battery packs or DC wall adapters.
We've got 2.6mm thickness EL wire, with a yellow coat, pre-cut and soldered to a standard quick-connect EL wire. It is made with the latest technology and twice as bright as 'standard' 2.3mm EL - running it at 1.5KHz/90V it emits 88 cd/m^2 or light and a half-life (50% brightness reduction) after 3000 hours of continuous use. Draws about 10mA per meter. The capacitance is about twice that of 'standard' EL, 11 nF/m so if you're using an inverter, it will drive only half as much high brightness wire as standard.