Making a light up flag pole

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Parts needed to create the Lighted Flag Pole.IMG_2144

  1. Bell Flag Pole
  2. NTE EL Wire Light in your favorite color
  3. NTE EL Wire Power plug
  4. Philmore 12-Volt Cigarette Lighter Socket (Female)
  5. ½-Inch Crystal Clear Heat Shrink
  6. Clear Scotch Tap

Lay out your Flag Pole. Remove the Base mount using pliers

Using scotch tape, tape the tip of the Neon element at the top of the Flag Pole just beneath the pennant.

Now begin to roll the EL Wire Light Element slowly down the pole keeping the separation about ½-inch apart. About ½ way down add another piece of scotch tape to hold the Neon Element in place and continue winding down to the bottom.

Next, slide the Crystal Clear Heat Shrink up the Flag Pole and over the top of the EL Wire Light Element. Take your time. You might have to lubricate the inside of the Heat Shrink with Rubbing Alcohol to keep it from catching on the EL Wire Light element. Because the Heat Shrink is only 3-ft long, it will take two pieces to cover the length of the Flag Pole.

Now begin at the top and using the Heat Shrink Gun, begin heating the Crystal Clear Heat Shrink and let it tighten around the pole and the EL Wire Light Element

As you get close to the bottom, make sure you do not cover the black power wires and connector of the EL Wire Light Element at the bottom of the Flag Pole. Just cover the part that actually lights up.

Get the Philmore Cigarette Lighter Socket and take it apart to show the Solder Tabs where the battery wires will be attached

The Solder Tab in the center of the Socket is the positive (+) battery feed and the tabs closest to the edge will be the Negative (-) Battery feed.

Solder the Battery Lead wires in place and then put the Cigarette Lighter Socket back together

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