Although EL wire can be a good choice for creating uniform lines of light, there are some practical limitations that should be considered when using el wire clothing.
The primary concern is durability. EL wire is flexible, and can be bent into a variety of shapes, but it should not be installed in a manner that will require repeated flexing (such as the knees or elbows), since this will eventually cause the solid copper wire core to break. This might not matter if you only need to wear it for a short period of time, but it is something you should be aware of before purchasing an EL wire garment. We do not warranty custom EL installations against wire breakage - we will only guarantee that it will work upon arrival.
EL wire is available in multiple sizes, and the thicker types are more resistant to this kind of damage, but the thicker wires are also less flexible and may interfere with the drape of a garment.
Second, the amount of light produced by EL wire is considerably less than what can be achieved with LEDs. EL designs will look good in dark environments, but they may be overwhelmed by stage lighting or bright indoor lighting (on the floor of a trade show, for example).
Another potential issue for EL wire installations is the presence of a high voltage, high frequency driver that makes a high-pitched whining sound that may be picked up by microphones.
Furthermore, clothes using electroluminescent materials are not washable. The wire itself is water resistant, and can withstand sweat or some hand-washing, but if it is fully immersed the ends of the wire are vulnerable to having moisture leak inside and damaging the phosphor (the part that glows).
EL wire is NOT recommended for:
Parts of the body that flex repeatedly (elbows, knees)
Thin stretchy fabrics or tight bodysuits (EL wire does not stretch)
Parts of a garment you will sit on, walk on, or crush
Performers wearing a microphone
Extreme acrobatic movements
Long-term use as a critical part of a show (unless you have backups, staff available to do maintenance)
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