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Now is the time to take your newfound knowledge and glow bright. This is hardly the end of your journey, but just the beginning. There are so many different directions you can go in and so much more to learn. What follows are suggestions for additional classes you can take, and projects you can undertake.

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Step 1: Lamps Class

If you want to learn more about working with light bulbs, you may consider taking the Lamps Class. This class more thoroughly cover building, wiring lamps, and constructing lamps. This class picks up where I left off and goes over installing in-line switches and dimmers. It provides a very thorough introduction to building lamps for fun and profit.

Step 2: Electronics Class

If you were confused about some of the finer points regarding circuits, LEDs, or electronics in general, you may considering enrolling in the Electronics Class. This class more thoroughly covers the fundamentals of electronics and electronic components. It's a good place to start to get a solid foundation.

Step 3: Arduino Class

If you understand the fundamentals of this class, but wish you understood the more advanced aspects of Arduino control, you can learn all about the microcontroller in the Arduino Class. This class provides a thorough hands-on introduction into the fundamentals of Arduino. You don't even need a background in electronics or programming to get started with Arduino. You can pick all of it up as you.

Step 4: Wearable Class

If you want to further explore LEDs and EL wire's use in fashion, the Wearable Electronics Class will give you a crash course in the tools and techniques required for wearable electronics. This is particularly useful when making illuminating new fashion projects.

Step 5: Going Further

Aside from taking additional classes to further advance your skills, you can also accomplish a ton of projects found on Instructables with the skills you already have. Here are some to get your creative juices flowing.

If light bulbs are your thing, you can work on your lamp making skills by making a Teddy Bear Lamp or a Twin Socket Pendant Light.

Or you can branch out a bit and tackle a project to explore fluorescent lighting with the Fluorescent Tube Floor Lamp and the battery-powered Jar Lantern.

If the fancy strikes, you can also take on a basic, or a not so-basic LED project.

Or perhaps you want to try something a little bit more whimsical with this Candle-Powered Candle and Personal Applause Sign.

To continue experimenting with LED strips, the back-lit wall-hanging Bright Idea Light and Color-Changing Unicorn Head are easy projects to tackle.

For a bit more of an LED strip challenge, you can try your hand at a Color-Changing Electric Guitar or a Day to Night-Light Skirt.

You can also try your hand at EL wire wearables and costumes.

If you really want to try to push lighting farther, you may consider experimenting with fiber optic cable or making a programmable fiber optic costume.

Step 6: Feedback

    "id": "quiz-1",
    "question": "After completing this course, what would you still like to most learn even more about?",
    "answers": [
            "title": "Light Bulbs",
            "correct": true
            "title": "LEDs",
            "correct": true
            "title": "LED Strips",
            "correct": true
            "title": "EL Wire",
            "correct": true
    "correctNotice": "Thank you!",
    "incorrectNotice": "Whoops. System error!"

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