I have tried 3 x 3m samples of El Wire from Altronics and one sample from Little Bird Electronics and none are bright enough to be seen in daylight from a distance with the 3m connected to a standard battery powered inverter. They would be brighter is used as shorter lengths as mentioned in the El Wire articles and data sheets.

They are only viewable in very low level lighting. They could be suitable for costumes in low light conditions.

sparkfun has a Getting Started with Electroluminescent (EL) Wire tutorial https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/getting-started-with-electroluminescent-el-wire/all 

Explains that EL wire operates typically  on 80 – 130 Vac. EL inverters can be a 3V battery box with inverter built in or 3V or 12V DC inverter modules.

Anatomy of EL shows how it works.


Make Community Create a Faux Neon Sign with EL Wire https://makezine.com/projects/el-wire-neon-sign/ shows you how to drill perspex, bend the EL wire.

Adafruit Using EL Wire https://learn.adafruit.com/el-wire/using-el-wire technical detains on Inverters, voltages, soldering EL wire, EL Projects.

Electroluminescent (EL) Wire  NTE Electronics Data sheet https://www.nteinc.com/LED_tubing/pdf/EL_wire_01.pdf

Wanyu EL Polar Light 3 EL Wire data 

Page updated 17 August 2020