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LED vs. EL Wire

topic posted Tue, June 26, 2007 - 9:23 AM by  Unsubscribed
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Hello and thanks for staring this tribe!!

Our camp is debating whether to use LED lighting, EL wire or a combination of both to light our small camp at night. The biggest question is which draws less power? Or, in other words, which one will have our batteries last longer?

Are there other considerations such as limitation in lengths of wire or connections that I don't know about?
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  • Re: LED vs. EL Wire

    Tue, June 26, 2007 - 9:37 AM
    for the amount of light you get, LEDs are more effective. EL wire requires an inverter to operate, and they are less efficient than directly driving LEDs. If you need a lot of light, the most efficient source is 3 to 5 watt compact florescent lights. There are 12 volt versions of these, sold for RV and camping or you can drive a camp full of them from a single 100 watt ac inverter.
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      Re: LED vs. EL Wire

      Tue, June 26, 2007 - 10:06 AM
      Don't we need an inverter for the LEDs also? We have strings of them that, I thought, would be plugged into an inverter. Or are you talking about stringing them up some other way?
      • Re: LED vs. EL Wire

        Tue, June 26, 2007 - 10:57 AM
        The 110 volt LED strings are good, although most of them use a half wave (single diode rectifier) and flicker pretty bad, There are 12 volt led strings and lighting devices. Look into lighting for RV and "pimp" lighting for cars.

        never used them before, but these guys have a lot of options
        www.autolumination.com/

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