For my 30th Birthday I decided to have a D-Themed costume party, my girlfriend Kylie and I decided that we would go as Daft Punk. The costumes were quite involved to make, but we had lots of fun and they looked great!

We used a lot of resources from the internet, including a great article on how to stitch EL wire into clothes that I found here: https://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-add-EL-wire-to-a-coat-or-other-garment/.

I also learned a lot about prototyping boards (particularly the Arduino, and its clone the Seeeduino) and really enjoyed tinkering around with LED Arrays, learning the difference between common cathode and common anode, figuring out how breadboards work, and just generally collecting heaps of post at work from various electronics and EL wire companies.

Here's a few videos showing the final result, so you can decide whether you want to bother reading any further:

Step 1: Ingredients

Quite a few bits and bobs went into the outfits, here's a list of what we used.

Before you start, I'd recommend finding a talented, amazing girlfriend who can sew 100m of fishing wire and 75m of EL wire into two outfits and have the result look just like the Daft Punk originals. You can't have mine though.


1. Two Pairs of Jeans.
2. Two Jackets.
3. One Black Fabric Dye Pack.
4. 65m of EL Wire, cut to different lengths and pre-soldered to order.
5. Four KL10 Power Packs for the EL Wire.
6. Four 1.5m EL Wire Extension Wires.
7. Four 1-3 EL Wire Splitters.
8. 100m of Fishing Wire.
9. Two Blunt Sewing Needles.
10. One Box of Plasters.
11. Four 9v (PP3) Batteries.


1. Two Black Box WIred Motorcycle Helmets.
2. Two Black Visors (not street legal in the UK).
3. Two 5m Lengths of EL Wire, pre-soldered to order.
4. Two KH4 Battery Packs for the EL Wire.
5. Two Seeeduino (Arduino clone) Prototype Boards.
6. Two Max7221 LED Control Chips.
7. Two Breadboards.
8. Two 8x8 RGB Common Anode (Cathode would have been better) LED Arrays.
9. Two Handfuls of Jumper Wires.
10. Four AA Batteries.

I will upload the code I wrote for the Arduino that controls the LED array so you can use that too if you like. Even if you want to change the display it's probably easier to start with something that works already.
<p>what is the total cost off all the materials including tools for this build?</p>
<p>Hi, friend.</p><p>how do I do so that the image is rendered in 4 Led Matrix 8x8 with 4 MAX7219?</p>
I'm going to get lucky
Thanks for the inspiration guys! I went a slightly different direction from your instructions. Instead of the LED control chips, I bought a LCD Backpack from sparkfun.com. It's expensive ($60) but saved me a lot time in wiring it all together since all I needed was 5 jumper wires. I think it's coming up nicely (looks crooked but that's because I'm still tweaking the program and haven't taped it in yet):
hey let me buy one if you have another 1, russiankin@gmail.com
Edit: that would be a LED matrix with backpack: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/760
Wow, the helmet looks great dude. Send me a video once you get it all going!!
Your guide inspired me to make a similar thing for my grade 11 formal. We ordered 16 MAX7219's, 16 Red LED Matrix's, a heap of batteries, 2 Arduino's, but only 20m of wire (10 red, 10 blue).<br><br>I wish we had have bought more wire, as we ran out, only being able to just outline everything. We also went to the op-shop and bought some second hand dinner suits, and put our wire on those. We ran out of time to finish them properly, and didn't even manage to get any of the matrix's hooked up and working. On the afternoon of the formal, we threw together a night rider scanner and sound sensitive jaw of LED's.<br><br>I WILL be rebuilding these, using the matrix's, more wire, and maybe even some sequencing...<br><br>Thank's for the inspiration!
Great job mate! Looks like you guys bossed it..
can some one make a patern for el's fore a little kid hotwheels car
please can u tell me where i can find a helmet like thomas bangalter, i really cant find any, and if u can, ill buy a full daftpunk suit from u, name your prise!! T_T
About how much did this cost? and i am only looking to make one costume. Guy's to be exact. so i just need a rough estimate of the cost.
Hey dude, I'm pretty sure the costumes were about &pound;400 each, all electronics and stuff included.
Hey buddy I just had a quick question. I am about to start working on this but was wondering. I am only making 1 costume right now. So how many feet of EL wire would I need for just 1 do you think? I know in the instructions you say 65M or el wire that rounds out to like 234 feet is that right or am i mis-understanding. I only ask because that seems like alot.
Hello mate,<br><br> It does sound like a lot but I'm pretty sure I bought 70m (it was a while ago now) and we used at least 65 of it. That's about 32.5m per costume.<br><br> You could probably use somewhere around 25m per costume, but it really tends to go quickly when you're winding it around and making patterns on the sleeves, legs, etc.<br><br> Good luck!
Thanks for the instructable! I made a Daft Punk jacket for Halloween. Was super fun, and I made it so everything can blink or be constant.
Wow! That jacket looks amazing.
It would be awesome to put an LED equaliser in the visor of one of the helmets.
When I make my suit (with several arduinos for 4 LED&nbsp;matrices) I'll try to do this! What I&nbsp;want to include is an MP3 (or maybe just Aux input) player in it. The equalizer idea isn't too bad&nbsp;:D<br />
YOU&nbsp;SHOULD&nbsp;MAKE&nbsp;AN&nbsp;INSTRUCTABLE&nbsp;ON&nbsp;THAT.<br /> I&nbsp;WOULD&nbsp;BE&nbsp;FOREVER&nbsp;IN&nbsp;YOUR&nbsp;DEBT.&nbsp;
I second that motion.<br />
I concur.
I finally have the means to actually do it, I'm finally going to start.
You can also chain several (up to 8 at least?) max27xx chips together very easily for multiple displays. One thing to consider however is your current draw from multiple displays(on a full on intensity image, the ma's add up significantly). <br>Best of luck to you.<br><br> cheers,<br> Mspark400
Umm can you put some pictures of the helmets to see how they turned out.
how much will all of this cost... coz it looks like alot and im not that rich im just 13 years old
do i need to solder this at all??<br />
&nbsp;I didn't solder anything, instead I just incorporated the breadboards into the final helmets.
<p>Would&nbsp;I have to use both the Arduino and the&nbsp;Seeeduino, or can&nbsp;I just use the Arduino?</p>
&nbsp;The seeeduino is just a smaller arduino clone, it's exactly the same thing. I just used Seeduino's when I build the helmets. (One for each helmet).
&nbsp;Where did you guys get the jacket that looks like theres i need to know please.
how much would be the&nbsp;total&nbsp;cost for the two outfits and helmets with the EL wire and LED. Pleace respond me.<br /> Oh!!! and by the way, it looks AWESOME!!!!!!!!!
For the EL&nbsp;wire, how long did each battery last for?<br />
How much did the EL wire cost? i leave near that shop so i was thinking of going down soon, i just wanna know how much im looking at before i go down lol.<br />
i meant live..... sorry <br />
I'm interested in building the helmet. Do I need to buy the breadboard for constructing the LED display? <br />
&nbsp;Well you probably don't have to, breadboards just make it easier to join pins together without soldering things. You could just wire it all up without the breadboard, it's probably a bit strange to use a breadboard in a final product but I'm not very good with soldering or wiring stuff up, it was a bit of a cheat.
alright thanks! I'm not good at soldering either, so I'll follow your instructions with the breadboard.<br />
just want to make sure one thing is it really 65 METERS????!?!?&nbsp; are you sure?!?! thats a lot and to long, well for me; but anyways are you really sure its 65 meters? <br /> <br />
&nbsp;Yeah we bought 70m for two outfits, so 35m each. I know it sounds like a lot. I think we had about 10m left over, and you could probably use less. But I reckon you're looking at 20m per outfit at least.
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did you use continuous pieces of EL wire for the trousers/jacket or didyou cut it into pieces connected with cheaper more flexible wire? <br />
&nbsp;Four long pieces in total, two in each pair of trousers and two ineach jacket. That meant two KL10 power packs per outfit with a splitteron so it would power two pieces of wire each.
uhhhhhh..... randomly looking for a resistor till the leds come on is not smart. the resistor is there to limmit the current for the driver, not the leds. the brightness should be controlled the the software
The suits look incredible, and your girlfriend is very talented! I might want to try this eventually, but I would need to research what EL Wire is and how to use it, etc.
How was the LED arrays kept within the helmet, close up to the visor? And what color visor did you use, or what does it look better on?
That bit was a bit tricky, it was basically just stuck onto the inside of the visor with thick black tape, you could see out over the top of the array ok though. The visor was 70% tinted black, which is as tinted as you can buy in the uk (not road-safe apparently..)
Eh hi, i'm that guy that send you a message through youtube, and i want to Know where did you buy all the things for making the LED display. And how i make it Works...
Where I bought all the things is Step 2. How to make the LED display work is Step 4. It's all there. Read the links off Step 4 (LEDControl and Max7221 schematics) to see how to wire it up and how to change the code attached to Step4 (DaftPunkHelmets.zip).

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