The EL Pinwheel was a CUBICAL90 digital art project at Artisan’s Asylum by Scott Janousek. The project was inspired by Ecco Pierce who does metal sculpture and EL. The EL Pinwheel was created in the span of a few hours, in intervals, over the span of a week.
NEW PRODUCTS – EL Wire Coin Cell and 1xAAA Mini Inverter – Really tiny portable inverters for EL wire. These power off of a single CR2032 coin battery or a single AAA battery (not included!), and can drive up to 50cm / 20 inches of our high-brightness EL wire or 10cm x 1cm long piece of EL tape for 3 hours (or longer if the EL wire is less than 50cm long).
The 1xAAA Mini Inverter has a switch on the side for selecting steady/blink/off modes and comes with a 2.5mm pitch female JST connector.
The Coin Cell Mini Inverter has a button for selecting steady/blink/off modes and comes with a 2.5mm pitch female JST connector.
Like all inverters we’ve used, the 2000 Hz oscillation is slightly audible. To connect a piece EL wire to this, you’ll want a male connector wire if it isn’t already attached.
EL panel and inverters are interesting material, but rather hard to control since it involves inverters with AC current. There are some nice tutorials on how to control AC side with triac or EL sequencer at sparkfun, buildr.. so on. But I always had a bit of problem when I want to fade them slowly, or when I use many EL panels on at the same time. (inverter that connects to EL sequencer has limitation on the size and number of EL panels it can light up at the same time)
I wanted to share my Valentine’s Day project with you. I called it a Valentine Love Light and it’s a gift I made for my wife incorporating an animated LED message along with a light bulb which has the filament replaced with an EL-wire heart. By the way, your tutorials for EL wire are really helpful – the use of copper tape makes working with it so much easier!
What’s your favorite thing about game day? We made Super Bowl Glowing Helmets with EL Panel – video on YouTube (please subscribe!) and Vimeo. Emblazon your team’s logo in electroluminescent panel! Learn to use a vinyl cutter to create slick glowing graphics for these glowing Super Bowl helmets or any project you dream up.
NEW PRODUCTS! Flowing USB Cables. Spice up your Lighting (iPhone 5, iPad 4 & Mini, etc) USB charging/data transfers with this elegant flowing-effect EL cable. The cable has a thin cord of EL in the center, and a micro-inverter in the USB plug. The cable works perfectly fine as a classic 2.5-foot long USB cable, and can be used for data transfer and/or charging. As the current draw through the cable increases, the speed of the flowing effect speeds up. This makes it surprisingly handy as a way to roughly gauge the current draw of the USB client. The EL inverter draws 70mA at all times, so keep this in mind – it will drain a battery-powered USB pack pretty fast!
I bike almost everyday in New York City. Because of work and school, I am often on the road late at night so road safety is a big concern. But even with LED headlights and taillights (as required by law), drivers seldom seem to pay much attention to those who travel on two wheels.
The Heart Bike Jacket is designed to bring a level of human-ness to my bike gear. By mimicking the shape of a real human heart, I hope to remind drivers behind me that I’m not just a nuisance on the road; I’m also a living human being, subject to the hazards of the road and much less protected than the driver.
I modified the inverter from a T-qualizer shirt to respond to the audio signal from my mp3 player instead of sound and used the inverter to drive electroluminescent wire attached to my headphones. The inverter lights up different colors of EL wire depending on the loudness of the music I’m listening to. The headphone decoration looks like a signal level meter.