Halloween is fast approaching, and I just
know you’d love to make your costume light up. Today we’re talking tips and tutorials
to inspire your own illuminated ensemble. The easiest way is with EL wire. Sew it into
a hoodie or put some on a wire sculpture bike helmet, plug it into an inverter battery pack,
and you’re good to go. We’ve got a video all about this stuff… you should watch it.
Another easy way to light up your costume is with ready-to-go LEDs. Wire light strands
and litex ribbon don’t require any wiring, but check out our guide for a very simple
LED and battery circuit that anybody can pull off.
If you’re willing to do a little microcontroller programming, the whole world of addressable
LEDs opens up to you. Adafruit has weather-resistant pixel strands, NeoPixel strips, rings, and
other configuration for virtually any idea you can cook up.
Clever diffusion is the name of the game when it comes to costumes and LEDs. You might want
to spread out the light with some flexible filament for 3D printing, like in our Stego
spike hoodie or cyberpunk spikes. The Adafruit blog is full of cosplay posts
by our resident expert Amy Ratcliffe; there you can find an LED and acrylic Borderlands
2 sword and a resin Halo 3 energy sword that uses bubble wrap inside to help diffuse the
NeoPixels. Adafruit creative technologist Phil Burgess
deserves a huge shoutout for his awesome LED costume work. Check out his tutorials for
NeoPixel ring goggles, Larson scanner shades,
cyber falls wig, and bluetooth-controlled Guggenhat.
He also shows you how to animate multiple LED matrix backpacks to make spooky faces.
Natalie Walsh made this dress with fiber optics, which transfer light through thin filaments
from a single light source. It’s probably the most challenging material to work with
in our list today. We’ve just scratched the surface of ways
to use light in your costumes, so give us a thumbs up if you’d like to see more on
the topic. We can’t wait to see your illuminated projects in the Adafruit forums and on our
weekly Show and Tell Hangout on Google+. Thanks so much for watching, and subscribe for more
electronic costume techniques from Adafruit.