Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: EL?

  1. #1

    Default EL?

    Does the EL material deteriorate?

  2. #2
    Council Member
    Sith Lord
    Lord Dottore Matto's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    On the Black Mat
    Posts
    3,277

    Default

    I'm not 100% sure, but I have some sabers>5yr old and there does not appear to be any deterioration in either the wire or the film.
    All n00bs READ these first (PLEASE)!!!:1. LDM's Basic Saber-build Step-by-Step Tutorial 1A. Maul's Saber Dictionary 1B. THREAD INDEX 1C. Econo Sound Diagrams
    TCSS the #1 Part supplier of LDM customsabers!

  3. #3
    Council Member
    Sith Lord
    Lord Dottore Matto's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    On the Black Mat
    Posts
    3,277

    Default

    BTW, Jedi Loreen probably knows the real answer.
    All n00bs READ these first (PLEASE)!!!:1. LDM's Basic Saber-build Step-by-Step Tutorial 1A. Maul's Saber Dictionary 1B. THREAD INDEX 1C. Econo Sound Diagrams
    TCSS the #1 Part supplier of LDM customsabers!

  4. #4
    Council Member
    Jedi Council Member
    My location Jedi-Loreen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Not of this Earth
    Posts
    6,082

    Default

    The substance in EL wire that gives off the light is phosphorus. When it is surrounded by a high freqency AC current, it glows, or, phosphoresces.

    Phosphorus is a bit toxic, so make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after scraping the coating off the main wire when connecting EL wire.

    As for EL wire deteriorating, I know that pure phosphorus reacts with oxygen, though I'm sure what's in the EL wire is mixed with other chemicals, especially the white EL wire, so it couldn't hurt to seal the cut end with a bit of glue or clear nail polish. This is also another good reason to put hot glue on the wires after you've soldered them inside the audio connector.

    EL wire should glow for a few thousand hours before it starts to dim, it won't glow at the same brightness indefinitely. But unless you're using it as a night light, it should last longer than most people will be able to wear it out in a lightsaber blade, especially of you have more than one blade.
    In order to see the Light,
    you must sometimes risk the Dark.
    TCSS MODERATOR


    BLUE 8 Ready to ROCK and ROLL!

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •