Systm #70: DIY Electroluminescence: Great Light Without The Shocks

Posted in Podcasts on November 19, 2008

Lighting a tech project with Electroluminescent material can look super professional, but it's easy to damage it or shock yourself. Learn how to safely add EL to any tech project in this episode of Systm!

Light without heat? It's called Electroluminesce when a material generates light directly from electrical current. It's found everywhere from aircraft control panels to Indiglo watches. It's a great way to light up your tech project, from backlighting LCD panels to prettying up a case mod. If you're not careful, however, you could damage the material, or, worse, give yourself a really really nasty shock.

In this episode of Systm, Dr. Kiki and David Calkins give you all the info you need to safely add EL to any project.

Wondering where to buy EL material? It's easy to purchase online from sites like Electro Luminescence Inc. but it's not super cheap. Think around $60 for an A4 sized sheet and toss in another $10 - $30 for a power inverter.


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Tags: Technologies, Hardware, Systm, Revision3, Lightning, DIY, electroluminescent