LOL! No, the "lights" don't light up. I'm not that talented! I'm laughing because my husband wanted me to do similar things with the cake - although he suggested I "blow it up" like they did in the movie. Somehow I didn't think that would work out too well! The lights are those itty bitty tiny nonpareils that people use for sprinkles on ice cream, cupcakes etc. Believe it or not. I applied them after I had put the fondant pieces on the cake and imprinted them with the lines and circles. I just brushed the piece with a bit of vanilla to make them stick, then picked up those nonpareils one at a time on the tip of my finger and applied them to the panels where I wanted them. All in all I think it took me about 6 hours to cut out, apply, imprint and "light" all the panels and the equator. I don't have a tutorial, as this was the first time I've ever done this cake, and I wasn't entirely sure it was going to work out, so I didn't think to take pics, etc. as I went along. If people are interested, I'd be happy to draft up some instructions, but really I "winged it" on most of this. :) Thanks for the questions!