EL Wire - Purple 3m

EL wire, or electroluminescent wire, is a flexible wire coated in phosphor. Apply the appropriate voltage and it lights up! It looks a lot like a thin flexible neon tube. They come in many bright colors (check below for other colors) and can be driven pretty easily with an inverter. Check below for compatible inverters as well.

This particular wire glows purple and is 3m (almost 10 feet) in length, 2.3mm in diameter and is terminated with a JST PH connector. This connector works directly with our two driver boards, the El Escudo and the EL Sequencer. Or, you can wire them directly into the output of an inverter.

(The video states they are 6 foot in length, but they are actually 10 feet in length)

EL Wire - Purple 3m Product Help and Resources

Heartbeat Straight Jacket

June 4, 2009

An EL project that displays one person's heartbeat on another person's costume.

EL Wire Hoodie

October 24, 2018

In this tutorial, we will sew standard electroluminescent (EL) wire to a hoodie.

EL Sequencer/Escudo Dos Hookup Guide

December 3, 2015

A basic guide to getting started with the SparkFun EL Sequencer and Escudo Dos to control electroluminescence (EL) wire, panels, and strips.

Getting Started with Electroluminescent (EL) Wire

July 13, 2018

This guide will help you get started with electroluminescent (EL) wire, tape, panel, chasing wire, and bendable wire to let your project glow!

EL Wire Pants

July 18, 2019

In this tutorial, we will sew standard electroluminescent (EL) wire to a pair of pants.

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  • Member #131083 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Can these be run directly on 120 VAC 60Hz? or do I have to use a controller that provides higher frequency output?

    • Member #549185 / about 9 years ago / 1

      No they can't. You have to use a frequency of 1 KHz

  • SprAznMan / about 13 years ago / 1

    Can you cut these shorter or do they only go one length?

    • wankeye / about 12 years ago / 1

      Cut them as short as you want, but you'll need to do some soldering afterwards.

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I really love this stuff. I used a router to slot some wood, for inlaying the EL Wire.

Purple EL Wire + Sacrificial Suit Jacket = Fun Mardi Gras Costume

I stitched two strands of Purple EL Wire onto the lapels, pockets and hem of a grey suit jacket (I also hot glued little fleur-de-lis to the sleeve buttons). It made for a dandy nighttime accent for my otherwise purple and gold Mardi Gras clothing. Two AA batteries in the mini-inverter lasted the whole night.