Whether you are new to EL (Electroluminescent) Panels, or a seasoned veteran, you'll appreciate our wide selection of high quality off-the-shelf EL Panels, perfect for advertising, astrophotography, backlighting, costuming, automotive, safety, backlit membrane switches, among countless other uses. Commonly called EL Panels, or EL Sheets are thin and flexible nature, which allows them to be mounted in numerous locations, even curved surfaces.
All EL Panels (also called Light Boxes, Light Panels, Lite Panels and Luminescent Panels) are a paper thin laminated panels made from the element Phosphor that has a great glow when an electrical current AND high frequency passes. In order to light up, every EL Panel requires an inverter to operate. The inverter sends a proper voltage and frequency throughout the panel which illuminates it beautifully and evenly. Each inverter is rated for a specific square inch range, which is calculated by taking the TOTAL surface area of the panel. In some instances, people may want multiple EL Panels on a single inverter, and as long as the inverter is rated for the TOTAL surface area of ALL panels, the inverter doesn't really care if it powers one larger panel, or multiple small panels. Be sure to look in our Parallel EL Inverters section to pair up the right inverter for your application. If you have any questions about how your project should be powered, our knowledgeable staff is ready to field any questions that arise.
Custom EL Panels:
Yes, we make custom EL Panels! Our light-up EL panels can be made to nearly any shape, color, or size and provide a nice ambient glow when used at night. Typical EL Panels have a light output of around 100-150cd/m2. When comparing to other LED mediums, like televisions or monitors, which typically range from 200-350cd/m2, they do not appear as bright, however they use far less power, are flexible, and can even be made into various shapes, or even logos. These features make Electroluminescent glow panels a perfect medium for advertising in low lit environments, like subways, nightclubs, restaurants, and perfect for wayfinding for events and festivals. If you are looking for a custom printed EL Panel, please email or call our sales department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877.615.6556. We can make animated and static (non-animated) panels for many industries. The standard NRE (Non-Recurring Engineering) Fee for any custom panel is $500, which is a one-time fee in order to make the tooling for your product, then the cost of materials. We are able to make as little as a single piece, up to large production quantities. Pricing is determined by the size, complexity of design, and quantity.
Similar to EL Panels, VynEL™ Lighting is a specialized lighting strip which is EVEN more flexible, providing brighter light output (around 300cd/m2). The added flexibility of VynEL™ panels makes them easy to integrate into fabrics and other materials. Perfect for stage performances, wearables, sporting goods, illuminated vehicle wraps, safety gear and more, VynEL™ lighting is the most integrated light anywhere.
One of the most common questions we get with EL Panels is, "can I cut it?" We put together this helpful video to explain just that.
For customers just starting out in the wide world of Electroluminescent technology, please visit our EL Guide for more information. If you can't find your answer there, feel free to reach out via phone or email to have your questions answered.