If I generated 24 words from a Ledger Nano, can I import these to a lightning network wallet e.g. Eclair?

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A lightning network wallet can be compatible with a Ledger Nano generated wallet, but doesn't have to be.

Ledger nano generates seeds (the 24 words) using BIP 32/BIP 39/BIP 44.

I checked to see what format eclair uses, and it seems to use BIP 49 instead of BIP 44. This seems to suggest that the seeds are incompatible, but I haven't confirmed this.

If you want to do so, you can try importing your Ledger seeds into eclair, which is a non-descructive action (i.e. it won't affect your wallet/funds).

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    They should be compatible, BIP49 is the segwit extension of BIP44 (which is necessary for ln). The ledger seed should work fine Commented May 9, 2018 at 13:10

It depends on the wallet. Currently, most lightning wallets use different methods for backing up and restoring your funds, as it's a little bit more complex than a regular bitcoin wallet.

But Phoenix for example does support BIP39 seeds so far.

It is also important to note that you should never use your seed from a hardware wallet in a software wallet. Moreover when it comes to lightning wallets you will still need channel backups to make sure you can restore your funds properly.

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