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FutureIlluminations.com new MEGA100 inverter changes the game in how Electroluminescent Lighting is powered. Here we explore some of the changes, as well as dive into the technology a bit. 

All Electroluminescent (EL) Lighting requires a voltage and high frequency to make it work. This excites the phosphor particles and makes the product glow. Typically EL Inverters coming out of China have a giant coiled magnet which is meant to produce a relatively low voltage, yet a higher than normal frequency. With this method, most EL products achieve optimal brightness, yet lack some of the sophisticated features we're commonly used to seeing in today's evolving wearable electronics field. For instance, most EL Inverters on the market today lack the engineering to include various safety protections to both the device and the consumer. Because these inverters have a higher than normal frequency, many times these inverters emit a "humming" or "whining" sound, as this frequency reverberates in our audible range. 

The MEGA100 is a feature packed EL Inverter that addresses many concerns and shortcomings of nearly every EL Inverter on the market today. The advanced engineering inside this EL Driver boasts the following safety precautions, as a standard; 

No-Load Protection

Short Circuit Protection

Reverse Polarity

Overheating 

 

In addition, the way the MEGA100 is powered is drastically different. Included as a standard is 2 convenient methods to power the device; 12V Input which uses a standard barrel adapter to receive any 12V source, and a 9V Battery Backup. The 12V Input is the recommended for automotive, retail, and most other applications, however the 9V Battery Backup is a nice option for buildings, egress, and architectural elements, which requires a battery backup option, convenient for exit signs, and emergency lighting. 

0 Comments | Posted in electroluminescence By Justin Metras

Over the past decade, Electroluminescent (or EL) lighting has been popularized by pop culture icons, and festivals, but one thing has remained constant. The world of EL as we know it has been scathed with cheap Chinese-made products and materials. Most inverters on the market today are made with cost strategies in mind, many times they lack safety elements that will shock the end user if handled improperly. In addition, nearly every EL Inverter on the market lacks the engineering needed to make it a viable product in today's technological world. 

FutureIlluminations.com is actively manufacturing and engineering its own line of Electroluminescent inverters for large and small applications. The latest series, the MEGA series, utilizes technological advances to make EL Wire, EL Tape, Elastolite, and EL Paint glow brighter, last longer, consume less power, and is nearly silent. Made with all high quality components, EL Lighting has never had a better option to light up Electroluminescent technology. 

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EL Paint or Electroluminescent Paint is a revolutionary new lighting product that we are sure to see more of in the future. By harnessing various common painting materials, EL Paint is waterproof, cool to the touch, safe and can be applied to nearly any surface. EL Paint uses a high frequency to light up, rather than a heavy voltage like incandescent, neon, or other lighting products. This revolutionary product is bright at night, and can be painted in virtually any application, so full color prints, shapes, surfaces and more can all be lit up.

Over the next few years, we will begin to see more and more lighting products using this technology. From Helmets, cars, bikes, lamps, and safety gear, EL Tape is a remarkable product for the lighting industry. The current drawbacks of the technology are mainly the sources and knowledge of the product. Over the next few months, we plan to release information, products, sample kits, and more, to help businesses and hobbyist alike experience this new medium and take the lighting world to the next level. 

For custom projects, or power requirements, FutureIlluminations.com works with corporate customers to take a product to production. We have 10+ of experience in the Electroluminescent industry and have created the market leading products in the EL World. For more information, email us at info@ellumiglow.com.

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The 10th annual Electroluminescent and Optoelectronics Devices Conference starts on Sunday, August 31st and goes until September 4th, 2014 in Cologne, Germany. This meeting is the leading scientific conference focused on organic electronics and provides a forum for up to 300 physicists, chemist, engineers and more from around the world to discuss their latest developments in this amazing industry. This years program cosists of a series of talks and presentations revolving around small molecular polymers, to systhesis, and computational modeling. Below is a list of topics that will be covered.

  • Synthesis and Characterization of Molecular/Polymeric Semiconductors
  • Devices for (Opto-)Electronic Applications: Organic Light Emitting Diodes, Solar Cells, Transistors, and co.
  • Processing Issues: Morphology Control, Crystalline Semiconductors, and Self-Assembled Monolayers
  • Surfaces and Interfaces in Organic and Hybrid Devices
  • Charge Transport and Spectroscopy
  • Theory and Modeling of Organic Semiconductors and Devices
  • Organic-Based Magnetic Materials and Spin Transport
  • Integration of Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes in (Opto-)Electronic Devices
  • Others / Hot Topics

   

If you're in Germany and want to have an educational experience of a lifetime, check out http://www.icel2014.com/

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What is Electroluminescence?

Electroluminescence, or EL for short, is an amazing new lighting technology that is already changing the lighting world as we know it. With some fascinating discoveries over the past few years, EL Technology has been accepted into the lighting world as a viable lighting source for many applications. In media and entertainment, EL provides a means for costume and decor lighting. For wearable technologies, it has provided a means to illuminate virtually anything safely, evenly, and with beautifully vibrant colors.