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More Ways to Glow! Introducing EL Wire

LEDs are amazing, but if you want to expand your repertoire, check out EL wire, a flexible wire that glows in neon colors when electricity passes through it.

The term “EL wire” is short for “electroluminescent wire.” Most people pronounce it “E-L wire,” but some people say “el wire”; either is fine.

EL wire comes in different forms—from thin wires and thick tapes to whole panels—and in every color you can imagine. It’s driven by a controller called an inverter, which changes the power coming from your batteries into the high-voltage alternating current the wire needs to glow. But don’t worry—even though ...

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