Wearable Electroluminescent (EL) Lamp Technology
Butler Technologies, Inc. (BTI) can provide printed, thin and flexible electroluminescent (EL) lamps for wearables, smart garments and e-textiles.
Electroluminescent lamps are completely washable and extremely lightweight. The lamps provide blue light that is visible from all angles as well as in foggy, hazy environments. By utilizing existing textile manufacturing processes, electroluminescense can easily be integrated into garments. The EL lamps can be combined with traditional reflective materials to produce a 360° visible garment.
The advantages of electroluminescence in garments.
Embedded electroluminescent lighting technology takes on the shape and contours of the human body, making the wearing more easily recognizable. The technology is lightweight and wrap around curved surfaces. Flexible, paper-thin, machine washable and almost weightless.
The light isn’t just active when a car’s headlights are shining on you. Electroluminescence can be seen from any angle in complete darkness. This makes it ideal where safety is important.
How it Works
Wearable Electroluminescent is a type of printed electronics that emits light in response to the passage of an electric current through phosphor. These L3 class EL lamps are activated by a small, removable and rechargeable power source capable of illuminating the lamps up to 8 hours. The EL lamps can be lit in a variety of flashing patterns that are pre-programmed into the power source. Designed for easy removal, the power source can be quickly detached from the EL lamps prior to washing the garment. Depending on usage, the typical lifespan of the EL lamps is between 3,000 and 8,000 hours when subjected to 50 wash/dry cycles.
- Safety vests for workers, bikers, runners, and emergency personnel.
- Harnesses for hikers or emergency personnel.
- Biking and running outerwear / jackets.
- Lighted backpacks for children and hikers.
- Specialized fashions (shoes, hats, dresses, etc.)
- Athletic Gear
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