EL Wire Starter Kit

Wanna play with EL wire but don't know where to start? This Starter Kit has everything you need to add some electroluminescent fun to your project. Simply pop the included batteries into the EL Inverter, plug the inverter into the EL wire and turn it on. Just like that you're ready for a Tron party! ...Tron is still cool, right?

You can switch the inverter between solid and flashing, and even hook up an extra 3m EL wire. You can even use this to drive EL panels or strips!

Note: We've found that while the inverter has no trouble powering two strands of EL wire, it can burn itself out if you attach two EL panels or strips. If you need more than one EL panel or EL tape, you may want to look at our other EL inverters.

EL Wire Starter Kit 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.

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.

Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

1 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

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Pretty good for the price

It's pretty much exactly as described -- pop the batteries in, plug in your EL wire, and you're done. I had a few small issues, though: - 3V EL wire is not very bright at all. You can only see it in low light conditions - The case is very cheaply made and the battery door occasionally pops out on its own - As other reviewers have mentioned the inverter produces an audible hum that will annoy you in quiet environments

For small cheap projects, though, this works great.

EL-Wire for the EL-Win!

We used 2 of these on the kids costumes this year for halloween, they went as Daft Punk, and the EL-Wire starter kit was easy to use without any effort. It's all inclusive, so you don't need to do any additional work, just attach the wire to whatever you are putting it on and stick the battery pack in your pocket.

The Wire is softer than you would think, and hopped back and forth around the needle without being punctured.

Finally an EL Wire that actually works!!!!

I was so happy that this starter kit lasted the whole weekend of Coachella without any issues or breaking! The tubing is strong and sturdy but plenty flexible.

Cool EL-Wire

Nice lighting alternative lighting to LED. The only thing that I didn't like was the shipping and handling charge (It was almost the same as the product). If you doing a project and need some cool lighting then this will do it. But other websites have it about the same price without shipping & handling.

Pretty cool!

So I posted a negative review here before because the item I received included an incorrect part. It was a standard battery pack and not an IL inverter, it was a little confusing to work out what went wrong and why the plug was not even right, but once I realized it was the wrong part in the kit, I contacted support and they helped me get the correct part. The pack was just packaged with the wrong part.

I edited my post because Sparkfun has sent me the correct part and the kit now works perfectly. There are also two connectors on the inverter which i didn't see at first (thought it was only for a single strand) but the pack having two connectors means that it can support an additional strand without additional wiring, so better than expected.

Thanks for helping me resolve the issue, i can see how this is an easy mistake to be made when packaging, it took me a while to figure it out having it all in hand. Almost identical battery packs.

I should add, that they have also identified the problem and corrected the issue in inventory.

Sorry for this! It sounds like we sent you the wrong part in the kit and our support team will reach out to you to get this fixed.