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  • EL – Electroluminescent Tape, has anyone worked with this before?

    Posted by Karen White on February 3, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Hi everyone, I’m back with more questions! 😃

    EL Tape, which I believe is short for Electroluminescent Tape.
    I have come across it a few times since lock-down first started. I shy away from any type of electrical signs but this is promoted as being very simple to work with.

    Has anyone worked with it and how did you find it?
    What is the widest width it comes in?
    Is it self-adhesive backed?
    Who have you bought it from in the UK?

    I have ideas of what I could use it on, but I would really like to find out more about it?

    Thanks in advance for your help on this. 😇

    Robert Lambie replied 1 year, 6 months ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Jeff

    Member
    February 4, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Can this stuff be cut in a plotter, Karen?

  • David McDonald

    Member
    February 4, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Karen

    We’ve had a play with it some years back. It came in assorted sheet sizes and a small range of letter shapes and a few different colours. The sheet type we got wasn’t possible to cut – whether that applies to all sheet products i don’t know . Wasn’t hugely bright and the battery ‘controller / drivers’ made a very high pitched noise. It was possible to daisy chain the latter controllers so you could do simple effects of elements lighting up in sequence or flashing at different intervals. All the comments apply equally to the wire version but you could cut that to length – you can use it like a really small LED neon-flex. I didn’t feel it had much of a use in commercial signage but would be great for cosplay costumes, novelty uses, and in very dark environments.

    Cheers

    Dave

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    February 6, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    I actually thought about using this stuff a few times, but the width it came in was very limited and I never got round to buying some to play with. However, reading your feedback has just convinced me not to try it, David! 😀👍