Cut and connect an LED wire
List of necessary tools:
- Soldering iron
- Cutting pliers
- Wire stripper
1. Light wire measurement
Take your neon and measure the length you want to connect.
2. Light wire cut
Cut the neon where you want it with the wire cutters. A pair of scissors can also do the trick.
3. Removing the outer sheath
Remove the neon colored PVC jacket 1cm using the wire stripper.
4. Preview of the stripping second
You can now see the second transparent PVC sleeve as in the photo.
5. Removing the transparent sheath
Strip off this second PVC insulation, still using the pliers.
6. Separation of the wires
You can now see a central thread covered with phosphorus powder as well as two very fine threads.
7. Removal of the powder on the central wire of the neon
Before using the cutter, always check that the blade is in good condition. Remain vigilant and handle the cutter with care (very sharp blade)! Remember to retract the blade to avoid any accidents.
Before tinning the wires, that is to say covering them with a layer of tin, you will have to remove the phosphorus powder that covers the central wire of the neon. You just have to take your cutter and scrape off the phosphorus powder with the tip of the blade.
8. Laying the tin on the wires
To avoid any risk of injury, only touch the handle of the soldering iron. Failure of the iron (very hot end) can cause a very severe burn. Never leave your soldering iron unattended in operation. Be vigilant and handle it with care!
Install the neon on one of the crocodile clips of the third hand. Etame the neon threads. To do this, put the hot tip of the soldering iron (280 ° C) in contact with the tin on the copper wire. The tin will naturally spill over the wire.
9. Passage of the heat-shrinkable sleeve
Before connecting the power connector, you must first pass the widest heat-shrinkable sleeve into the connector.
10. Passage of small heat-shrinkable sleeves
Then take the two small sheaths and install one on each wire of the connector.
11. Soldering the connector to the light wire
Solder the wires of the connector with those of the neon. There is no polarity to follow. So you can take any wire from the connector and solder it to one of the neon wires.
Place the tip of your hot soldering iron (280 ° C) on the central wire of the neon and at the same time bring that of the connector. Put them in touch. The tin on the connector wire and the one on the neon will mix. At this point, remove your soldering iron and hold the connection in place for a few seconds. Your first weld is over!
Solder the remaining wire from the connector to the two fine wires in the same way.
12. Placement and retraction of small sheaths
To begin with, position the 2 small heat-shrinkable sleeves at the level of the welds. Heat them using a lighter or a heat gun, for example, so that they perfectly take on the shape of neon.
13. Positioning and retraction of the main sheath
Finally, position the remaining heat-shrink tubing (the largest) to cover all of the wires. This will once again ensure that the neon is waterproof.
14. Preview after the fitting is complete
Here ! Your electroluminescent neon is ready to use. Just plug it into any electroluminescent neon power supply (batteries, 12V, mains)!
15. Insulation of the end of the light wire
Don't forget to put the little end cap on top of the other neon. To secure it and make the end waterproof, you must use silicone glue.