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DurocShark

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« on: September 08, 2003, 06:35:56 AM »

I was curious, always a dangerous thing... ;)

I wanted to know just what the inverters are doing. Break out the trusty MM, switch to AC, and see what my inverter puts out.

150v??? Is that right? It's for one of those light rope things. (That no longer works... grrrr...)

Are the CCFL inverters the same?
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2003, 05:31:19 PM »

EL inverters are in the range of 80-150 volts pulsed DC.  CCFL inverters are higher, about 600-1000 volts depending on the tube, also pulsed DC.  That said, you need to use wire rated for the voltage you are using.  I've got some 5000 volt test lead wire I use for my CCFLs.
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2003, 07:54:13 AM »

Ahhh.... Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2003, 12:42:33 PM »

I found out about the high voltage output by accidently touching the not yet covered leads at the end of my EL string it gave me a pretty nasty (not life threatening) shock
usefullt tip: to keep from doing stuff like that just cap the end of your el string with a bit of hot glue
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