Joining EL Wire is really useful for many reasons
Maybe you want to extend the EL Wire around a large space or you’re cutting the wire down to size and don’t want to waste the offcuts.
So You may find yourself trying to join the EL Wire up to some thin extender wire.
Or more often people find themselves attaching it to EL Connectors.
Then the wire is ready to glow- just plug it into a driver/inverter or a splitter coming out of an EL Driver
Inside EL Wire looks like this:
The important thing to note is the ‘Very Fine Copper Wire’ spiraling around the ‘Phosphor Coating’ which is painted onto the ‘Copper Core’
The ‘Copper Core’ and the ’Very Fine Copper Wire’ are the two electrical points of contact
(EL Wire and EL Tape get powered by AC current, unlike DC current this means there is no +ve or -ve electrodes)
What i’m trying to say is that you have to attach one of the power cables to the copper core and the other to the ‘Very Fine Copper Wire’- its AC current so it doesn’t matter which goes with which
This ‘Very Fine Copper Wire’ is actually two wires spiraling around each other and are called ‘Corona Wires’
It is impossible to solder directly onto these Corona Wires but there is a trick to doing it that makes it fairly easy if you follow these steps:
1) Expose the wires as in the picture above using wire-strippers
2) Wrap some copper tape round the PVC sleeve
3) Lay the Corona Wires onto the copper tape, or even sandwiching them inside the copper tape as you wrap it round the PVC sleeve
4) Then solder one of the power cables directly onto the copper tape
5) The Other power cable can simply be soldered directly onto the copper core once you have scraped the phosphor off it to make a good connection
We sell packs of five power wires attached to EL Connectors so that once attached to the EL Wire it will just clip into a driver
These EL Connectors and the Copper Tape are available in the ACCESSORIES part of our store
There is a video here that explains how to do it: