GLOWIRE is an electroluminescent wire - it has a central copper wire with a phosphorus material coating and two tiny transmitter wires wrapped around it. It is then covered by a pvc coating and finally a colored vinyl coat.
A driver is needed to make the wire glow. The driver takes the voltage from a DC power source and inverts it to 120 volts AC. When connected to a power source and driver, the charge creates a beautiful 360o glow very similar to neon.
GLOWIRE consumes very little draw on the battery. A 30 foot section of GLOWIRE at 2000hz draws less than 200 mA.
We have several different drivers available, depending on the amount of GLOWIRE you need to run and the brightness you desire. Brightness is directly related to the hz level. The higher the hz, the brighter the glow and inversely, the lower the hz, the dimmer the glow. The brightness also affects the life of the wire. GLOWIRE powered at 4000hz will retain brightness for approximately 1600 hours while 400hz power will last over 5600 hours. Although the wire never does actually burn out, it does become dimmer.
We carry five different diameters of GLOWIRE. General purpose GLOWIRE has a 2.3mm diameter. Heavy duty GLOWIRE has an extra layer of pvc protection along with UV protection and it has a diameter of 3.2mm. Ultra heavy duty GLOWIRE has an even thicker layer of pvc protection and is 5mm diameter. Heavy duty and ultra heavy duty GLOWIRE are strongly recommended for any outdoor use or high stress use.
We have recently added thin 1.5mm GLOWIRE. It has a very thin layer of PVC coating and should only be used in situations where it will not endure harsh conditions or when weight is a factor. We have the thin wire available in 3 of the brightest colors - aqua which looks clear, lime which looks yellow when not lit, and yellow which looks somewhat orange when not lit. It is also available in blue, green, pink, purple, red, and white.
High brightness GLOWIRE has also been introduced recently. It is about 50% brighter than regular GLOWIRE with a shorter life of about 550 - 800 hours. The wire is 2.5mm and is more sturdy than regular GLOWIRE - it holds it's shape more easily. We have high brightness wire available in aqua, blue, green, lime, pink, purple, red, white, and yellow.
We have several kits available depending upon the intended use. Please check with each link to find the kits designed for that particular use.
GLOWIRE can be installed on nearly any surface using a variety of fastening methods. Super glue, vinyl glue and silicone adhesive are suitable for permanent applications. For temporary applications, clear tape, double back tape, tie wraps or plastic clips may be used.