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    With no experience with EL technology so far, I am sorry if this obviously doesn't work, but from what I've heard, EL wire is flexible. If this is true, is it possible to make a "Light Whip" using EL wire?


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    Yup. It's possible. You may want to get thinner stuff than what Tim has to have maximum flexibility though.

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    Nope, not yet. Still in my mind to make one though.

    The problem, as I see it, is coming up with a good strain relief so that you don't break one of the fine wires at your connection.

    I was originally thinking of using some 5mm wire for this. Red would be cool, but Lime Green would show up better.

    The older wire, before High Brightness came out, was more flexible, but, obviously, dimmer.
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    What if you looped the wire around a cross-beam or two inside the hilt? It would, in theory, take the stress off of the solder points, assuming it's flexible enough to wrap a few times.

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    It still would not be the best idea to play with it to much. The wire could still break somewhere in the line. When we talked about this before I wasted a section of EL wire playing with the idea. It would be cool for a costume and doing some pics but you really can't beat on it much.
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    Sideglow fiber optic cable might work better. The cable isn't the lighting mechanism itself.
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    I would get the 5mm wire as it has beefy outer sheathing. It would probably survive as a prop just dont actually whip anything with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strydur
    I would get the 5mm wire as it has beefy outer sheathing. It would probably survive as a prop just dont actually whip anything with it.
    Darn. I was actually looking forward to whipping people with it. Oh well

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    Quote Originally Posted by xwingband
    Sideglow fiber optic cable might work better. The cable isn't the lighting mechanism itself.
    Yeah, but how would you light that with something small enough to hold in one hand? :P


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi-Loreen
    Quote Originally Posted by xwingband
    Sideglow fiber optic cable might work better. The cable isn't the lighting mechanism itself.
    Yeah, but how would you light that with something small enough to hold in one hand? :P


    It wouldn't be EL... Luxeons work well though. Look in the New Tech forum for when Tetmatek (I think) tried it.
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