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EL Panels
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EL Panels

by jaste70 on Sun May 02, 2021 1:53 am

I need a EL panel 12"x 2" do you have them that size or can you make one that size ? I need it for a back light in a boat dash panel. thanks

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Re: EL Panels

by blnkjns on Sun May 02, 2021 4:20 am

How much depth do you have behind the dash panel?
I see you can cut the tape version in halves.
https://www.adafruit.com/product/415
Would a LED matrix fit? Then you could use these:
https://www.adafruit.com/product/3634
These strips can be cut in any lenght and joined again with some wire. For example 3 strips with 40 lights. Then you could address the colour with a small microcontroller, like a ItsyBitsy 32U4 and 2 potmeters for hue and brightness. But you will need some space for a diffuser, like a thin sheet of white plastic. I think you need like 3-4mm in total.
Benefit would be it can go much brighter than before, have any colour, but still is capable of doing very subtle glow. And you get rid of EL-hum. Also you can power it from a micro-USB charger/cable.

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