How to handle our EL-panels

Some notes for proper handling of EL-Panels:

Please Note!
Our how-to information is addressed to skilled and approved personnel, only. The exchange of EL-panels and inverters requires certain technical know-how.
Without the required skills and approval  EL-panels and inverters or even the whole application or device may get damaged! If you do not have either the skills or/and the approval we recommend to contact a service center.

 

  1. EL-panels are made of high-grade phospor sandwiched between a sheet of plastics and a conducting varnish on the rear site. For protection the raw EL-sheets are often laminated.
     
  2. EL-panels should be treated carefully. Do not buckle or overbend the panel!
     
  3. Do not expose the panels to direct sunlight, but store in a dark and dry place.
     
  4. Seal freshly sliced EL-panels immediately with a varnish at the sliced lines, otherwise oxygen will enter the EL-panel and react slowly over time with the raw phosphor inside. Those areas will stop luminating after a while.


  5. Do not solder without heat dissipation

    Solder with heat dissipation


  6. EL-panels have cold mounted electric contacts. This means that you have to be very carefully when you solder them. Heat dissipation is mandatory, watch pictures: e.g. a copper coin will do.
     
  7. The lamps are driven best by sinusoidal AC waves between 100 and 3KHz. Application of other waveforms (triangular, square) may lead to a considerable reduction of lifetime.
     
  8. Lifetime decreases also with higher voltages and higher frequencies.
     
  9. The AC voltage between 60 and 150 Volt of the EL-inverter requires good insulation, to prevent from a hazardous shock.
     
  10. Our EL-panels meet the RoHS regulations.
     
  11. EL-panels contain small quantities of phosphor and sometimes silver inside. If your lamp is exhausted, please send it back to us or deposit it during special poison collections once or two times a year (common in Germany, Austria and Switzerland).

 

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