I just wanted to turn you on to a deal on EL wire at the IKEA Winter Sale. I was at the IKEA in College Park, MD (I don't know if it's the same at all of them) last week; down in the lighting department, there were a couple of boxes of EL wire; the name is Glansa ; it lists for $19.99; the sale price was $4.99 per unit (10 meters of EL wire, with 3 meters of cord and a wall socket transformer).
I don't know if it's 2.3mm or 3mm; it's made in China and it's probably loaded with cadmium or something, but it it cheap.
This is my first EL wire, so I also don't know how the quality compares -- here's a long-exposure photo:
I'll be doing a few more entries about my IKEA run last week.