Add lighting effects to your stereo

Add lighting effects to your stereo

Adding blinking lights to anything is a surefire way to make it totally obnoxious. For some of you, that’s a good thing.

Here are two techniques you can use to add sound-reactive lights to your stereo, boom box, computer, or pretty much anything that makes music.

An inexpensive EL wire inverter that reacts to sound.

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The first option is to use something like an EL Wire Sound Kit. These are sold online from various places and include some combination of electroluminescent wire, a power adapter, and a special power inverter that drives the wire’s power in response to sound picked up by an integrated microphone.

The whole kit typically costs around $50. You can get the EL wire in different lengths, colors, and thickness. You can use splitter cables to drive multiple strands of wire. It’s a great, uncomplicated solution, but it does have some drawbacks.

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