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EL Wire Needed

Is anybody giving away free EL Wire?

Topic by Loganbo    |  last reply

EL Wire Troubleshooting

Hey everyone, I use EL Wires to make small neon signs and I've never had any problems with them until I started shipping them places. I have no idea how to fix these things and one of my customers told me the wire is detached from the transformer. Is this fixable?

Topic by kaybee71    |  last reply

what is el wire.? Answered

i heard of EL wire from the front page of Instructables and I want to know what it is.

Question by mechaninja    |  last reply

Wat is EL wire?

In the info about the lights contest I saw EL wire  I guess it's some kind of light, can you help me?

Question by henkmans    |  last reply

EL Wire Questions

Does anybody know if it possible to make your own El wire controller thingy? Ohh and how many volts does El wire operate on. I want to put some on a pair o headphones to make the glow.  Around 3 volts maybe??? And if anybody has some El wire scraps laying around could I use them?? All I need is at most three feet. My budget is rather limited. Thanks everyone!!!!

Topic by jackjackboom    |  last reply

El Wire Help?

I am recently getting back into electronics after a 4 year break. I am asking for some help on this one. I want to make a DeadMau5 head(If you have no idea what im talking about a quick google search should help). My problem is that i want to make some el wire flicker to the music goin on around me. The simplest way possible preferably using an electret mic and no micro controllers or anything crazy. Any an all help is appreciated. Please try to explain clearly. 

Question by Goodbuddy32    |  last reply

EL wire help

Hello, I was wondering whether someone could shed some light on this. I'm making a coat with a design in EL wire. I want to use two colors, and I want to have them both on the strobe setting, so that they flash opposite the other.. so one color being on while the other is off. However I may have to use more than one 'spool' of wire per color. I have a bunch of 9 ft. segments already hooked up to batteries.  You may have to bear with me, I know very little about electronics.. But is there a way I can hook up the segments of one color to each other so that they all flash simultaneously? Or is it worth it just to get longer segments/ make my own, and would the battery have to be much larger in that case? Thanks, any input is greatly appreciated! 

Topic by ohhelloooooo    |  last reply

Locating ELS Fiber

Good afternoon! I've been browsing, and tried to look up information on ELS fiber, short for Electroluminescent fiber. Googling it will get plenty of links to the initial article or two about it's creation roughly a year and a 1/2 ago, but nowhere can I find any information on where or how one can obtain any of it, outside of ready-made outdoor recreation clothing. I'd hoped someone might be able to assist me in this? I'd dearly love to get a hold of some for use in costuming. Thank you in advance for any info you could provide. Regards, Bronwyn "I've not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work." Thomas Edison "There's a fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness'. I think I tripped over it a while back."

Topic by whiteraven  

el wire toggle switch?

I am going to ordering some el wire that comes with an adapter and i want to just use the power source but a toggle switch instead for a on/off switch. i want to use a radio shack toggle switch how would i do this? should i use a different power source and the switch? any help would be great

Question by jason805    |  last reply

can you cut el wire? Answered

I was thinking of putting el wire on my bike but I don't need 10 feet of it and I just wanted to know if you could cut it to size and still have it functioning?

Question by sf49ers    |  last reply

Can EL wire be connected in parallel and/or series?

The question says it all.

Question by finfan7    |  last reply

El wire simple sequencer help?

I'm trying to make a sign out of El Wire and I want it to have three modes.  Off, On, & Blinking.  The tricky part is that I only want one of the pieces in the sign to blink.  Basically there is a frame that would always be on and then something on the inside that could switch between static and blinking, only because the blinking could get obnoxious.  Any ideas?  Thanks!

Question by ryandcole    |  last reply

Disposable camera flash and a EL sheet or wire - Will this work?

If we replace the capacitor of a disposable flash with a EL sheet or wire, will it glow? (this is since EL wires can be hooked up straight to the main voltage, which tend to use over 200volts. A camera flash that uses a capacitor that charges at a high enough voltage might be good enough for powering a EL sheet.) anybody willing to give this a shot?

Topic by akimbo m    |  last reply

How do I remove the heads on a 71 El Camino?

Just wondering if there is an instructable on removing the heads on a 71 Chevrolet El Camino?

Question by jantenet    |  last reply

Should i solder my EL-Tape in Serie or Parallel?

I'd like to solder 6 different EL-Tape's to eachother. These are connected to one converter with 2AA battery's. I'd like them to have a high intensity. The batterylife is of lesser concern. Should I solder them in series or in Parallel?

Question by Francis Foubert    |  last reply

Is there a way to make el wire with individually addressable segments? Answered

My goal is to make part of a costume for halloween (or whatever) as a spectre from starcraft 2 ( An analogous system would be like the VI (audio level?) meters made from nixie tubes where segments can be addressed individually - except I'm interested in something flexible. I was thinking about trying to make my own wire in the fashion that jeriellsworth builds hers... although I'm not sure I understand how to power the outer wires or how to wire them in a way to make individually addressable segments.  Is this project idea just too nuts to try to incorporate into a costume?

Question by shmolky    |  last reply

how can i use basic stamp for advertising to control 16 electroluminescent wires?

I am looking for ideas about using basic stamp to control 16 el wire of different lengths.the el wire should go on and off at a particular intervals.

Question by samsulrana    |  last reply

can the transister be used to switch ac voltage?

Hi , i am controlling 4 el wires using basic stamp.  i am using an inverter that outputs 6v dc to 110v ac.the inverter has 4 outputs to connect with el wire. can i use a transister as switch? lot of people use triacs.i am not sure whether transister can switch ac  voltage.thanks

Question by samsulrana    |  last reply

what should be the user interface in the project " controlling electroluminescent wires for advertising?

 i am doing my final year project " controlling EL wire for advertising"  The aim is to turn the el wires on and off at programmed sequence and time intervals using Basic stamp. i have the programming software in my PC. I have usb connection from PC to the basic stamp module PCB. it is working fine. now i am asked to describe about the user interface which i dont have any idea about. what is the user interface in the system

Question by samsulrana    |  last reply

I submitted my instrutables into contest but it isn't showing up?

I submitted my instrutables but it isn't showing up? It said pending, but now says no entries.. Anyone have an idea as to what is going on? Thanks!

Topic by fastedos3000    |  last reply

Coming Soon: EL wire contest

Starting soon, very soon, here on Instructables will be an EL wire contest! We'll be giving away hundreds of dollars worth of EL wire to the best ideas! In case you don't know, electroluminescent wire, EL wire, is a plastic-coated wire that glows when current is run through it. It comes in many colors, can be powered by batteries, can be used in costumes, and can create animations when controlled by a sequencer. It's really, really fun to play with. To get to know more about EL wire, here are a few Instructables to help you out: how to add EL wire to a coat or other garment How to Solder EL (Electroluminescent) Wire Fire Skirt! Light Up Costume How to make EL Wire Art

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply

how to drive 100v 50/60hz el motor? Answered

How can i controll/drive this motor my source power is 220v 50/60hz

Question by turbiny    |  last reply


Ok so whats going on with the El wire contest. Wasn't it supposed to end on august 23th at midnight? Why did instructables change it to august 24th at midnight? When will the winners be announced?

Topic by chaoschao99    |  last reply

Not enough time

Hello, I live in Mexico City and just saw the EL Wire contest. The deadline  for proposals is Aug 15 and the material will not arrive by then. Can I submit my idea in drawings? or it has to be done already? Cheers H

Topic by jalinx    |  last reply

How do I make Electroluminescent Fabric respond to sound?

Hey guys,  Been planning out a little project to do in my spare time that I'm hoping to have completed by Halloween this year (lot's of time for trial and error). I'm planning on making a set of Tron Legacy suits with some slight modifications. I've gone through all the tutorials regarding this particular project on Instructables and I'm mixing and matching methodologies and stuff. It's just this one thing that I'm trying to figure out that I really need help on. Everything is still in the planning phase so I'm pretty open to any suggestions on how to go about the whole design. Now, I've gotten that people use Electroluminescent wire/tape/strips for most of these projects. M friend and I are planning on importing some EL Fabric for our purposes.  What's going to be different about our projects is that I'm planning on making some of the EL patterns on the suit sound reactive. I had built a couple of speakers in the past that I want to incorporate into the design. Probably going to mount them on the back and disguise them as Disc holders. The idea is to have the speakers play some music which the entire suit is supposed to light up and pulsate to. My problem is that I'm importing some EL Fabrics that are not sound reactive and I'm not to sure as to how to modify them to be so. Furthermore, my friend who's making this with me, wants the lights to go off in sequence or according to some pattern. Basically, she wants us to be walking light shows, something which I am at a complete loss at how to accomplish. Can anyone point me in the right direction as to how to go about this exactly? The essential thing here is getting the lights from the EL fabrics to go off according to the sound playing in some organized aesthetic pattern.  Thanks in advance, guys.

Question by wedged_mind    |  last reply

how can i modify the circuit by replacing the LED and photo diode by using ultrasonic sensor? Answered

Please for any one who is capable of drawing a schematic diagram on how i can modify, and use ultrasonic sensor  as a transmitter and receiver for my circuit to work well. also i want it to operate without using micro-controller. 

Question by YallajevoM    |  last reply

attaching EL wire to the conection clips

Does any no how to attach EL wire to those clips?

Topic by steven123    |  last reply

Maybe Found Cheap EL Wire?

Hey,  I was doing a quick search on ebay and found this. Its cheap el wire. The best part is its orange,(Clemson Stuff). Its about 10 bucks including shipping.;=110416611409&Category;=71537&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26its%3DI%26otn%3D1 Is there any problem with this stuff. 

Topic by imthatguy1125    |  last reply

Bringing Steampunk and El Wire Together

I recently took a class on El Wire and got a hold of some to play with, so I pretty much know what I'm doing with it. It seems, though that the creative juices have stopped flowing and I can't seem to come up with a way to combine it with anything steampunk. I just figured I'd throw it out there and maybe start up a discussion. Thoughts / ideas?

Topic by BanasLabs    |  last reply

EL panel drawing too much current? Answered

I am using a small 3v inverter with a 3.7v battery and powering small shapes. I have a volt meter going on my project and I will turn it on and it lights up fine reading about 4.1v (freshly charged li-ion) then randomly it seems it will just shut off and the voltage will instantly drop to 0.50 of a volt to 1.50v and won't turn on. Then a few seconds later it will jump back up to 4v and will work just fine...until it does it again. It does it randomly it seems. Does anyone with EL experience know why this could be happening? There aren't any loose connections or anything the only thing I can think of is the EL is drawing too much current causing the li-ion PCB to shut off possibly?? I don't have much experience with EL lighting. Does anyone else have any other possible explanations to what is happening?? Thank you!

Question by Zebrah    |  last reply

Where can I find power supplies for EL wire...

...that are powered by a bicycle, as mentioned at the end of this article?

Question by mrshow555  


The EL wire Contest seems expensive and how many people actually have EL wire?

Topic by MACKattacksnipe    |  last reply

is anyone gonna enter?

the deadline's coming up and there is still no entries... possible explanations?

Topic by GianniMora    |  last reply

EL-Wire Stickman costume

Very cool idea, simple yet amazing - a "Stickman" made for a child, using EL-wire and black jumpsuit. Video preview here ( Happy Halloween!

Topic by CrLz    |  last reply

El Wire AC inverter

El wire is cool and all but all the circuits that come with them are so half assed made it isn't funny. I have yet to get a circuit that is up to spec's that even closely adheres to any of the soldering tips and ticks, good soldering joints, anything. crap crap.  i have the components but the board is whack. how do you go about making a AC inverter for Elwire?

Topic by Chingasman    |  last reply

How to assemble the el wire

EL wire Assembling Instructions 1 Recommended Tools for Live Wire Assembling 1. Wire-Stripper. 2. Scissors. 3. shrinkable tube 4. Hot heat gun. 5. Glue gun 1.EL wire And Power supply wire 2.EL wire And EL wire 3.EL wire Self-contained 4.Attention 1. forbid to connect power supplier without its driver 2. the flash function control by driver. 3. forbid to cut when connecting power. The electrode forbid to connect together, and should prevent it from water. 4. When making shape or connecting, do not to drag and bend emphatically. 5. the wire need match the suitable driver to work, otherwise may break the wire and driver, even dangerous. The driver should operate in power properly. The driver forbid to work without connecting wire. 6. If the wire or driver is very hot, cut off power immediately, call the distributor. 7. keep far from tinder, causticity goods 8. install and connect with professional’s guidance

Topic by amazingbest  

EL Wire and Paper watch!

Just thought of this! Has anyone ever tried to make a watch/clock using el wire? I thought of making a simple 7 seg led design with a paper (this modeling plasitc) cover/strap as a wrist watch... Get the insides of a 7 seg type led watch. Use electroluminescentwires instead of segments. Put the wires bhind a paper face which is designed as a single piece with strap. attach battery. BINGO! Only thing I've not been able to verify - need to use an el inverter for the display Anyone had any dealsing with this technology and can tell me about it.. meanwhile I'lll scour the instructables Thanks

Question by sParekh    |  last reply

Help: LCD backlight EL

I have a cracked nokia 6280 lcd screen lying around. The backlight still works. I would like to see if I can get it powered up with a power supply. Is there anyone out there who could point me in the right direction? How can I figure out what voltage/frequency it needs? Thanks.

Topic by abaybas    |  last reply

"EL" Category under the Technology section

I think there should be an "Electroluminescence"/"EL" Category under the Technology Section Is it possible to do that?

Topic by Yonatan24  

How to change diagram for EL Wire Inverter

As you all know, building it yourself is almost always cheaper! I've been doing a lot with EL Wire recently and I want to make my own inverters since the ones online can be pricey. There seem to be a LOT of ways to make an inverter. I liked this one in particular: What would I need to change to achieve an output of about 200v at about 500hz? I've read that this is optimal for EL wire.

Topic by theqwertman    |  last reply

Is there a way to make el wire response on music with a tip31?

Hello guys Is there a way to make el wire response on music with a tip31? I  have to make el wire response on music this is for a project for school can someone give me flow chart/blue print of how to make this?   Many thanks  P.S Sorry for my bad English I am from the Neterlands

Question by bobkokke    |  last reply

Odd problem with EL Wire... Help?

I’ve been working on this circuit and I can’t quite get it to work right. I wrote out all of my diagnosis in detail, so it’s a bit of a text wall, but perhaps you can just look at the drawings and skim the “odd part” and know what I’m doing wrong. Thanks so much to anybody who can help me out with this. Description: It uses a remote controlled LED controller to turn some EL Wire either on, off, or flashing to music. There is also an override button, to use in case the LED controller stops working. The LED controller requires 12v and outputs the same voltage. I put the diodes in to protect the controller from the 12v that would come across the override button if it was on and the controller output was off. The transistor is a TIP31. The wires going to the override button and to the EL wire are both detachable (using a molex connector). Diagnosis: The override button turns the wire on just fine, but the LED controller does not. When I did a quick test before assembling things by attaching only the controller to the power source and the wire to only the controller, it worked just fine. Additionally, when the override/EL molex is disconnected, I am able to get a +12v reading from my multimeter coming out of the LED controller. When it is connected, however, I am not. The LED controller outputs no voltage, and when I switch the output on, there is often but not always a small blip of voltage. Here’s the odd part: If I turn the controller output on while the override button is on, it DOES output 12v. I can then turn the override button off, and the wire remains lit, the controller continues to output 12v. As soon as I turn the controller off, it will refuse to turn on properly again until the override button is activated (even though I detect 12v going into it). I tried replacing the diode on output 1 with a transistor (generic npn, a BC337 if I remember correctly), and adding an LED between the output and ground. Neither fixed the problem, but I think that I will keep them because the transistor does not have a 1v drop like the diode does, and the LED is an easy way for me to tell whether or not the controller is outputting. One thing I did notice is that the LED did light dimly when the override button was on yet the controller was off.

Topic by theqwertman  

Can I get some help on EL wire? Answered

Alright I have a project in mind. I just got done watching Tron Legacy ( literally ) and have a fascination with the ID Disks. So I want to buy some of the deluxe versions, but I heard they aren't very good (i.e. sound and light is decent). I am not for decent. First things I thought was of using EL wire so here are some of my questions: How do I calculate how many volts/amps needed to light this puppy up to no end? Can I make this rechargeable? Can I hot glue this to the sides?  How bright are they?  How easy to wire? I'd have more questions but I think that is enough. So can someone please help? I want this thing to be nice and bright. 

Question by Iridium7    |  last reply

Advice- Need a Hack for Motion Sensor and LED

I am new to this electronics thing and could use some advice. I am trying to build a very simple prototype for a ceiling made of LEDs or EL panels that would light up when people walk below.  It will need some kind of motion sensor or infrared sensor. I was hoping to hack an existing product that has both parts. I am not very experienced with this kind of thing and don't have a lot of time to learn before this project is due. Anybody have any ideas?

Topic by rosstar    |  last reply

light, that requires me to push a button to have it turn on but that has a slight delay before turning off.

I need to build a light with a large button that you can press. kind of like a buzzer, but that makes no sound, instead it turns on a light that remains on for a few seconds before turning off. It mustn't be a toggle switch, but instead a push switch. I have a basic understanding of  electronics but if someone could point me in the right direction so I could at least try to make it that would be awesome. I'm not picky this time around I'm willing to have anything emit the light, whether EL Wire, a light bulb or LED. Whatever is simplest is probably best this time around. Hopeful and excited, Jack

Question by Karmasunra    |  last reply

I need a cheap way to connect up 3 pairs of external speakers to 3 different tv's, dosen't have to be surround sound?

 I'm looking for the best low-cost way to wire external speakers to 3 different flat screen TV s, in 3 different rooms. I was thinking about a small pre-amp, but not sure it will make enough power. I also thought about using "Boom-Box" stereos in each case, but already have decent sets of speakers. Basically, I hope to find a small profile amplifier to make up for the lousy TV speakers!

Question by T_birdman    |  last reply

how do i power el wire with a arduino?

I need to be abole to power el wire with the arduino uno.or at lest turn it on/off. I have a cuple of el drivers.

Question by lookwhatjoeysmaking    |  last reply