VynEL™ Lighting And How To Apply To Fabrics, Textiles And More
So…you’re looking for a way to add some snazzy, flashy bling to your next costume (and bicycle if you’re in Portland) and you’ve decided that plain old glitter and streamers isn’t going to cut it anymore. Perhaps you’ve even tried using readily available EL Wire or LED lights, and found them to be too dim, too fragile, or not flexible enough for costuming and custom garments.
Maybe you’re not a typical consumer - but a designer in architectural safety wear, or a textile designer for sports and activewear - and need a way to introduce night-time visibility solutions into your latest product line beyond using reflective fabrics and materials.
VynEL™ is the world’s most flexible, customizable, and brightest stretchable, washable and bondable light source available today. Made from NASA grade materials, it’s two to three times brighter than other products in its class, more flexible, and even water resistant! This makes it great for use in applications that need a lighting solution that is flexible, thin, and provides even illumination across the surface of the lighting element.
When applying this thin, flexible illumination device to the garment or textile of your choice, there are a few different ways this can be accomplished. The easiest way to attach the strip to any garment is to sew it on. An advantage of stitching VynEL™ to any material is that it can be attached cleanly with any readily available sewing machine and normal thread. When sewing, be sure to sew only along the outer edge of the lamp - sewing further in than this will damage the electrical components within the strip, and cause it to malfunction.
The other method frequently suggested (especially in high-mobility applications) is to heat-bond the light to fabric. Heat bonding VynEL™ to fabrics allows the illuminating surface and cable to become completely unified with the garment that it’s being applied to, allowing it to be installed behind seams and openings without the need for additional fabrics and materials.
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