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    I've tried looking through this forum, but haven't found anything yet.
    Is lit EL wire safe to touch? If I put some on the outside of an LED hilt, do I need to cover the wire with anything to keep from getting zapped or burned by the electrical current?
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    ROFL, the current and Voltage is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay to low to give you a shock or zap


    I don't know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malaki Skywalker View Post
    ROFL, the current and Voltage is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay to low to give you a shock or zap
    Nah, I bet it could. But like most wire it's covered in a plastic coating. He'll be fine.
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    The glowy part is completely safe, but power coming out of the inverter CAN be a mite bit painful if you aren't careful. Always heat shrink your connections and it's fine

    My wife and I made her an EL-Wire laced flight helmet to wear under a bubble and I was foolishly using electrical tape. The tape slipped and every time the EL blinked (it was a blinking driver) she got a nice electroshock in the back of the head.

    She was a little pissed at me.

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    I have done a lot of work with EL wire, I've probably made around 50 blades. You can definitely get a painful zap, just keep the connection to the inverter well insulated with heat shrink and you'll be fine.

    I get zapped all the time, because I have a self containted inverter with a battery compartment and switch, that I use to test my blades during various stages of construction, I want to know immediately if I have a problem (the peskly small wires that wrap around the main wire that's coated with phosophorus like to break). I keep the wires bare that are coming off the end of the inverter, I need them that way to test, so, of course, I sometimes get zapped, but I'm used to it.
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    This explains J-Lo's quirky mind...

    Just kidding, heheheh
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    No, what probably explains it, is having had 2 different jobs where I worked on CRTs and computer monitors.

    I've taken 100,000+ and 250,000 volts. Yes, the number 0's are correct.

    Low amperage, of course, or I wouldn't still be here.
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    Next thread:

    "Is Jedi Loreen safe to touch?"

    Answer:

    "Not unless you've got rubber gloves... and/or you're grounded."

    lol
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    Yes, I've been told I have an "electric" personality.


    Actually, you want to be insulated from ground in the case of dealing with high voltage like that, not grounded.

    You do not want want the flow of electricity going completely through you.

    I did wear an ESD wrist strap when I was working on the circuit boards, but not when checking the voltage on a CRT anode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novastar View Post
    Next thread:

    "Is Jedi Loreen safe to touch?"

    Answer:

    "Not unless you've got rubber gloves... and/or you're grounded."

    lol

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