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Hi everyone!

In this ible i'll show you how to build a funny and cool LED project.

I'll basically secure 6 blue LEDs to the spokes of the wheel.

The result will be fabulous! And it's also a useful project because these LEDs, while cycling, will make a perfect bright circle that will help car drivers to notice you in the dark.

P.S. I entered this project in contest! If you like it please vote for me :)

So..let's go to see materials and tools!!

 
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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MATERIALS:

- 6 blue LEDs

- heatshrink tubing

- 3x 100 ohm resistors

- ON/ON switch

- 9V battery snap connector

- 9V battery

TOOLS:

- soldering iron

- solder

- scissors

- cable ties

- nippers

Step 2: LED and Resistors

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As you can see in photo#1, we need to connect 3 couples of LEDs in parallel being careful to follow the right polarity.

I decided that 6 LEDs would have done enough light, and as I initially thought, the result is fantastic!
I suggest you to put 6/8 LEDs depending on the size of your wheel ;)

I wanted to make the result as clear as possible so I soldered two LEDs with a resistor, leaving the wires long as the wheel spokes (24cm) at the sides, and the double (48cm) in the middle. (this because the middle wire will connect two LEDs fixed on two different spokes, so it will have to go from one LED, down the spoke till the wheel hub and again up on the other spoke till the second LED)

Before attaching the LEDs to the spokes, I suggest you to check if all works correctly and if your LEDs are bright as they should be.

After you have soldered, tested and insulated all the three couples, you can go to the next step.

Step 3: Switch and Battery Snap Connector

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In this step we will simply solder a switch to the 9V snap connector.

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congrats for winning!!

manuelmasc (author)  andrea biffi21 days ago

thanks andrea!! ;)

Madmarx2 months ago

I've been wanting to figure out a way to add LED's to my tires too, thanks to your ible i'm definitely going to give it a try, however, I have a 555 timer i was thinking I might try throwing in to make a blinking circuit. :D If I figure out how, I'll definitely give a click on the ole "i made it" for ya. :) GREAT JOB

manuelmasc (author)  Madmarx22 days ago

thanks @Madmarx ;)

and yeah!! it's a fantastic idea!! it will result a more awesome project!!! please upload here your results!

manuelmasc (author)  Madmarx2 months ago

oh that's a fantastic idea!! i'll wait your "I Made It!" photos

VentureScout2 months ago

voted

manuelmasc (author)  VentureScout1 month ago

thanks!!! :D

jmiller03112 months ago

How does this compare price wise to the led light sets that you can buy for a few dollars that just clip on the spokes?

manuelmasc (author)  jmiller03111 month ago

this project will surely win! ;)

- with just 1.50 dollar you have 6 LEDs, while with 1/3 dollars you can buy a singular light.

- and just one of those LEDs brights a lot more than the buyable ones ;)

manuelmasc (author)  jmiller03111 month ago

this project will surely win! ;)

- with just 1.50 dollar you have 6 LEDs, while with 1/3 dollars you can buy a singular light.

- and just one of those LEDs brights a lot more than the buyable ones ;)

jhanson112 months ago

Where did you put the resistors? I can't seem to see them in the pictures..

manuelmasc (author)  jhanson111 month ago

look photo#2 step 2 ;) the resistor is under the black heatshrink tube.

Tater Zoid2 months ago

Hi, I've decided to use your Instructable for the REMIX contest. I'll link to your project when I post it. Thank you for the great idea.

manuelmasc (author)  Tater Zoid1 month ago

you are welcome ;)

really nice work senor. if I can get my head around all this wiring I just might try thus out. thanks man for this illuminating ible :) good luck.
manuelmasc (author)  hardlydavidson2 months ago

Thanks for the support and for the congratulations ;)you surely have to try this out! It's way way simpler than you think

gattler2 months ago

how do you join the wires to the battery? i didn't get that...

manuelmasc (author)  gattler2 months ago

look the first photo of the second step ;) since the 3 couples of two LEDs are connected in parallel, I joined the 3positive wires together, and I joined them to the positive wire that comes from the battery, and obviously I repeated the process with the negative wires.

do you understand now? :)

Thanks...I'll try to make it soon...
manuelmasc (author)  gattler2 months ago

You are welcome ;)

noob_for_life2 months ago

I LOVE this. Thank you for sharing it. My son just upgraded his bike and this is the kind of thing we would really like to to for more enhancements!

One question -- and please forgive me if I'm missing the obvious -- is there anything you need to do to protect it from rain? It's likely there will be times when he will find himself biking when it's wet.

Thanks again!!!

manuelmasc (author)  noob_for_life2 months ago

thanks! if you will make them, please upload your "I Made It!" photos.

anyway I don't know :( since in winter I have a lot of university exams, I have never time to go out with my mtb... LEDs, switch and resistors are well insulated, so I think that if you remove the battery when it's raining your project will be safe! maybe you could have just to add a little piece of insulated tape around the battery snap connector ;)

This is very cool and easy. Thank you so much for sharing :)

manuelmasc (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya2 months ago

you are welcome;) thanks for compliments

bwsandman2 months ago
Great job, I just bought my son one of these from a store. Guess I could have made one.
manuelmasc (author)  bwsandman2 months ago

oh I didn't know that they sell these things ;) anyway thanks!!

桃机智2 months ago
good!
manuelmasc (author)  桃机智2 months ago

thanks!

andrea biffi2 months ago

Hi Manuel, very detailed project, good done!

manuelmasc (author)  andrea biffi2 months ago

grazie andrea ;)

Tater Zoid2 months ago

If I do make these (which I probably will), I will be sure to click the "I Made It" button.

manuelmasc (author)  Tater Zoid2 months ago

yeah!! ahaha I can't wait for it!! ahahha i'm dying because of waiting new LEDs ahahhaha here in italy there is not a shop like radioshack so i have to order them from cina :P ahahha

primosanch2 months ago
Nice. Thanks for sharing.
manuelmasc (author)  primosanch2 months ago

thanks for the support ;)

akshat210452 months ago

This is so awesome! Voted :D!

manuelmasc (author)  akshat210452 months ago

THANKS very much @akshat21045 :) i appreciate it!!

john.grimoldy2 months ago

I was wondering how you managed to reliably get power to a spinning wheel. Brilliant idea of just cable-tying the battery to the wheel's hub!

manuelmasc (author)  john.grimoldy2 months ago

thanks john!

Tater Zoid2 months ago
Great project. I'm going to build them as well. Now I know how to find @Danger at the burn. Haha.
manuelmasc (author)  Tater Zoid2 months ago

thanks!! remember to post here in the comment your photos :D

ps surely!! we'll be able to find her very easily ahhahaha

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