EL Wire Needed

Is anybody giving away free EL Wire?

Topic by Loganbo 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

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 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

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 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

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 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

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 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

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 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

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 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

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  http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062493 how would i do this? should i use a different power source and the switch? any help would be great

Question by jason805 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

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 5 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

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 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

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

The question says it all.

Question by finfan7 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

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 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9WScX9wqVM). 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 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

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 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

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 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

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 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

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 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

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 (http://youtu.be/GkBDRUO8hAo) Happy Halloween!

Topic by CrLz 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

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 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

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 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

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 8 years ago

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 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

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 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

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 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

attaching EL wire to the conection clips

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

Topic by steven123 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

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. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item;=110416611409&Category;=71537&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26its%3DI%26otn%3D1 Is there any problem with this stuff. 

Topic by imthatguy1125 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

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 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

can i drive the el wires from the mains of our house?


Question by samsulrana 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

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

...that are powered by a bicycle, as mentioned at the end of this article? http://hubpages.com/hub/Dress-Up-Your-Bike-For-a-Safe-Ride?

Question by mrshow555 8 years ago

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 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


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

Topic by MACKattacksnipe 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

is anyone gonna enter?

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

Topic by GianniMora 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

what should be the inverter voltage to drive 50 metres of el wire?


Question by samsulrana 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

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 8 years ago

EL wire, Xbee, Midi help?

We are trying to make EL wire dance suits for a project. Does anybody know how to make a midi file, run it through an arduino, transmit it through xbee and have it sequence on a El sequencer all in time with music? https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12847 https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12898 We are trying to make 1 suits like the dance team I Luminate. 

Question by JohnM703 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

non-online EL wire shopping

Ive seen a lot of websites selling El wire, but im not very big on buying online( i know, i know). i need to know where i could get El wire non-online.help please?

Topic by JustModIt 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

First time using EL wire?

So I want to use El wire in some of my projects, however i have never used EL wire before.  From what i have learned you need the EL wire, an inverter and a battery pack to make EL wire work, is this right? My other question is can you run two separate strands of wire off of one battery pack and inverter or do i need one for each stand of wire that i use?

Question by texpert 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Switch on EL wire with Raspberry Pi

I have bought a small 3 m length of EL wire along with a portable 3v controller like this one: http://www.elwirecraft.co.uk/340/portable-inverters/portable-driverinverter-for-3-metres-of-el-wire-2xaa-batteries/ there is a tactile push button which cycles through the operating modes (on, flash, off etc) id like to be able to turn the EL wire on using my raspberry pi.  I have opened the controller and soldered 2 wires over the push button contacts such that when you touch these wires together, it has the same effect as pushing the button. thats as far as I have got.  Has anyone got any idea on how to us the raspberry pi GPIO to switch this on?  Transistors are a bit foreign to me, especially ratings and required resistors!

Topic by Bananaman100 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

wiring lights into car speakers

I want to add some electroluminescent tape and panel to the portable speaker i built in such a way that it lights up when i turn the speakers on. my question: would it be possible to achieve this by popping the power leads of the 12v inverter into the positive and negative woofer terminals on the crossover along with the speaker cables already there? 

Topic by ambientvoid 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

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: http://www.timercircuitdiagram.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/cqs1263343377k.jpg 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 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

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 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

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 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

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 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Which Glue/Adhesive Should I Use With EL Wire? Answered

Which Glue Should I Use With EL Wire? I want to glue some EL wire to glass, Which adhesive should I use? Which ones can you recommend? It would also be the best to use a clear adhesive My preferred ones are: Super Glue (cyanoacrylate) Hot Glue Clear Silicone

Question by Yonatan24 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

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

...that are powered by a bicycle, as mentioned at the end of this article? http://hubpages.com/hub/Dress-Up-Your-Bike-For-a-Safe-Ride

Topic by mrshow555 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

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 7 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

What kind of glue/adhesive can be used to stick a molding material to a snowboard/ski surface?

If there is a specific kind of molding to use, please tell!! I plan on creating a mold around EL wire to place around the top edge of my snowboard and i need to make sure it doesn't fall off from a simple hit.

Question by Bearyboo35 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Location matters?

Does the EL wire for this contest have to come from thatscoolwire.com? Becase it can be found cheaper many other places.

Topic by DELETED_cdousley 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Anyone know where to find really cheap EL wire and LEDs?

I would like to expirement with LEDs and EL wire, but can't find any really cheap EL wire or LEDs. Somewhere in the $10 range.

Question by INVADER SCOOGE 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago