By: Alex Leffell, EWM apprentice
Electroluminescent wire, or EL wire, is a relatively cheap, energy efficient way to produce long continuous lines of glowing light. I am looking into how the Museum can apply some of the endless possibilities of EL wire to new projects.
When a high voltage, high frequency current is applied to the wire, the electric field created excites the phosphor coating, causing it to glow. This allows for flexible, uninterrupted light, unlike LED strip lighting.
The flexibility of the wire allows for a diverse array of possiblities…. From an awesome light up costume (instructions here), to cool ways to trick out your motorcycle.
Where EL wire will take us, we don’t yet know. But we are certain it will be somewhere interesting. Stay tuned.