LilyPad Rainbow LED Panel (5 strips of 7 colors)

This is the LilyPad Rainbow LED Panel, a simple seven pack of every LilyPad LED that we have on five strips, each still attached to a PCB structure letting you take it apart at your leisure to be sewn into clothing or whatever else you can dream up.

Note: The purple LED has a much higher voltage drop than other LilyPad LEDs so it will be dimmer than the others. What's voltage drop? Click here and get your learn on!

Note: A portion of this sale is given back to Dr. Leah Buechley for continued development and education of e-textiles.

  • 5x Red LilyPad LED
  • 5x Blue LilyPad LED
  • 5x Green LilyPad LED
  • 5x Yellow LilyPad LED
  • 5x White LilyPad LED
  • 5x Pink LilyPad LED
  • 5x Purple LilyPad LED


LilyPad Rainbow LED Panel (5 strips of 7 colors) Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: DIY

Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.


Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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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.

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Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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  • The other reason for the purple LED to be dim is that the eye sensitivity peaks in green, and is less sensitive to shorter wavelengths (blue and purple) andalso less sensitive to longer wavelengths orange and red (although Red and orange LEDs are more efficient, so they do give out a lot of light)

  • The purple LEDs are not working... Unless they should not be used in combination with other colors... Other LEDs work perfectly fine!

    • Some combinations absolutely could be a problem- that's true of all of the LEDs. Test the LED with a multimeter, or try alligator clipping it directly to the battery pack. If it still doesn't light up, it's probably defective. If it does, it's the color combination you're using causing the problem!

  • Can these be used in an array?

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As mentioned in the product description, the purple one is not as BRIGHT as the other colors but all look nice nonetheless. The purple one reminds me of standing under a black light wearing a white shirt.

The LARGE holes make them much easier to sew, too!!!

Pics in Dropbox:

I'm making another for my husband and a third for a friend of ours who's drummer in a band. It's usually hard to see drummers ... until he wears one of these!

Will have to update with more pics! :-)