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#2728828 - 07/01/13 05:21 AM My new plate glows in the dark.
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I haven't been around for the past five months or so, generally being busy with live. However I thought I might share my newest acquisition with you today. Those who know me also know that I'm addicted to license plates so of course it's one of those again but this time not for my collection but for my car. It's a kind of a birthday present to my Audi which has recently turned 10 years old and the thing glows in the dark. (the plate, not the car) grin

I guess us Germans have always been obsessed with the newest technology, so here's another German development from the area of license plate illumination. Why illuminate the plate externally when you can make the plate illuminate itself, this idea originally came from the custom bike scene where license plate mounting and illumination are generally a difficult topic, a local German company has taken this one step further and made this technology available for regular car plates as well.

The plate has been sheeted with electroluminescent foil which can glow under the supply of high voltage, it comes with an inverter to invert the regular 12V DC car voltage to a 135V AC @ 410HZ. The inverter simply plugs into the power cable for the regular plate lights which can be disabled by replacing the bulbs with resistors, job done. The only difficulty is to wire the cable for the plate through the trunk lid. At the moment these are only available in Germany but the company is trying to get it licensed in other countries as well.

Here's some pictures. Thoughts, suggestions, ridicule, all appreciated.


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#2728829 - 07/01/13 05:58 AM Re: My new plate glows in the dark. [Re: MGDriver]
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#2728831 - 07/01/13 06:03 AM Re: My new plate glows in the dark. [Re: MGDriver]
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Looks great!

I'd go as far as to predict this concept has a bright future.
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#2728834 - 07/01/13 06:23 AM Re: My new plate glows in the dark. [Re: MGDriver]
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Oh, you Aussies and your excellent puns.

I want this.
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#2728838 - 07/01/13 07:25 AM Re: My new plate glows in the dark. [Re: MGDriver]
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That's pretty cool! I know it's probably fairly expensive, but that would be a cool little party trick to have.
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#2728843 - 07/01/13 07:55 AM Re: My new plate glows in the dark. [Re: MGDriver]
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That's really cool. Reminds me of Japan's jiko-shiki license plates.

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#2728844 - 07/01/13 07:56 AM Re: My new plate glows in the dark. [Re: MGDriver]
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It seems pretty interesting, however the fact that it requires it's own transformer seems pretty silly.

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#2728861 - 07/01/13 08:48 AM Re: My new plate glows in the dark. [Re: MGDriver]
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Nice. I wish all plates were like that.

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#2728950 - 07/01/13 02:48 PM Re: My new plate glows in the dark. [Re: MGDriver]
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That's crazy. You'd think it would be good enough to just have the reflector coating on it.

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#2728976 - 07/01/13 03:42 PM Re: My new plate glows in the dark. [Re: 2007CrownVic]
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Originally Posted By: 2007CrownVic
That's crazy. You'd think it would be good enough to just have the reflector coating on it.


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#2729008 - 07/01/13 04:54 PM Re: My new plate glows in the dark. [Re: MGDriver]
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LED plates. That's cool.
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#2729049 - 07/01/13 06:19 PM Re: My new plate glows in the dark. [Re: MGDriver]
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That actually looks good, though defeats the hiding the plate thing..

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#2729095 - 07/01/13 08:26 PM Re: My new plate glows in the dark. [Re: MGDriver]
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Thats awesome Marvin. Well worth the wait!
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#2729159 - 07/01/13 10:00 PM Re: My new plate glows in the dark. [Re: MGDriver]
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That is really awesome
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#2729251 - 07/02/13 05:46 AM Re: My new plate glows in the dark. [Re: MGDriver]
MGDriver Offline
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Thanks for the positive feedback everyone!

This technology is still quite new and expensive, I've only ever seen others on the road once or twice before and I know I'm the first in my county to have them since our local DMV officials had ever even seen them before when I got the registered there last week.

I've always found those Japanese plates to be pretty awesome, they have been around for quite a while. It's basically just a plastic plate with transparent green lettering and a bulb behind it.

Mine's not LED, it's electroluminescent wire sheeting which will glow under high voltage hence why you need a transformer for them. I'm not worried about hiding my plates, I live in a rural area, cops don't even go out on patrol around here.
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