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Electroluminescent wire (often abbreviated to EL wire) is a thin copper wire coated in a phosphor which glows when an alternating current is applied to it.
The EL wire is manufactured by extrusion of a phosphor coated copper and PVC material. The structure of the wire consists of an inner copper conductor coated with the electroluminescent/phosphor material, then coated with insulation layers which also carry conducting wires.
The EL wire is available in various grades for thickness and brightness and also UV and water resistance. It is available in 10 colours: Aqua, Blue, Gold, Green, Lime, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White.
The EL wire has low energy consumption and can provide 360 degrees of illumination. It is light weight and flexible. The EL wire has CE approval.
EL wire can be used in any low light application either indoors or outdoors, not limited to: Architecture & design, entertainment, automotive lighting, safety and emergency lighting, toys, clothing, costume design, signage, retail display, point of sale.