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.

Thanks for your support I won the "Squeeze More Out of Summer Contest"!

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

Step 1: Materials and Tools


- 6 blue LEDs

- heatshrink tubing

- 3x 100 ohm resistors

- ON/ON switch

- 9V battery snap connector

- 9V battery


- soldering iron

- solder

- scissors

- cable ties

- nippers

i have tried it with two rings instead of one and was great thanks for the great idea. now my little brother wants it and i am going play with some other ideas as well
<p>Great idea man!! Thanks for sharing your result!! :)</p>
I made it. I combined blue &amp; white LED alternately. The result is awesome. <br>Thanks a lot.
<p>AMAZIIING! :D what a wonderful result!! i'm happy that my ible has been helpful to you!! well done</p><p><strong>THANKS FOR SHARING THE PHOTO!</strong></p><p>P.S. They surely are wonderful in the darkness of the night</p>
Fun project.
<p>woo that's amazing! what a wonderful result!! i'm happy that you followed my ible to get this result!!</p><p><strong>THANKS FOR SHARING THE PHOTO!</strong></p>
<p>Hi Manuel, very detailed project, good done!</p>
<p>grazie andrea ;)</p>
<p>cool! look this advanced ones http://www.geekled.com/led-wheel-lights</p>
<p>looks great! if it shows up gif image, it would be much cooler!! geekleds.com/wheel-led-light</p>
<p>thank you ;)</p>
<p>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?</p>
<p>this project will surely win! ;) </p><p>- with just <strong>1.50 </strong>dollar you have <strong>6</strong> LEDs, while with <strong>1/3</strong> dollars you can buy a <strong>singular</strong> light.</p><p>- and just one of those LEDs <strong>brights</strong> a lot more than the buyable ones ;)</p>
i was able to get 30 LEDs for 5 bucks on amazon. about 16 cents for one.
<p>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!</p>
<p>thanks ;)</p>
<p>thanks john!</p>
<p>Great project. I plan on doing the same but using 8 x LEDs. I'm newish to electronics and was wondering about what resistors to use if I was to use these LEDs - &gt; <a href="http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/271491337768?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2648&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/271491337768?_trksid=p2...</a></p>
<p>2 more LEDs per wheel...this will be awesome!! anyway I'm newish too with electronics! don't worry.</p><p>In order to calculate easily your resistors, I suggest you to use websites like ledcalc.com in which you just need to enter your parameters, and it calculate you the right resistor! ;)</p>
Was there any reason you used a resistor on each pair? Would one resistor on the live wire have the same effect? Thank you in advance for any assistance.
<p>congrats for winning!!</p>
<p>thanks andrea!! ;)</p>
<p>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 &quot;i made it&quot; for ya. :) GREAT JOB</p>
<p>thanks @<a href="https://www.instructables.com/member/Madmarx/" rel="nofollow" style="">Madmarx</a> ;)</p><p>and yeah!! it's a fantastic idea!! it will result a more awesome project!!! please upload here your results!</p>
<p>oh that's a fantastic idea!! i'll wait your &quot;I Made It!&quot; photos</p>
<p>thanks!!! :D</p>
<p>Where did you put the resistors? I can't seem to see them in the pictures..</p>
<p>look <em>photo#2 </em>step 2 ;) the resistor is under the black heatshrink tube.</p>
<p>Hi, I've decided to use your Instructable for the <a href="https://www.instructables.com/contest/remix/" rel="nofollow">REMIX</a> contest. I'll link to your project when I post it. Thank you for the great idea.</p>
<p>you are welcome ;)</p>
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.
<p>Thanks for the support and for the congratulations ;)you surely have to try this out! It's way way simpler than you think</p>
<p>how do you join the wires to the battery? i didn't get that...</p>
<p>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.</p><p>do you understand now? :)</p>
Thanks...I'll try to make it soon...
<p>You are welcome ;)</p>
<p>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!</p><p>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.</p><p>Thanks again!!!</p>
<p>thanks! if you will make them, please upload your &quot;I Made It!&quot; photos.</p><p>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 ;)</p>
<p>This is very cool and easy. Thank you so much for sharing :)</p>
<p>you are welcome;) thanks for compliments</p>
Great job, I just bought my son one of these from a store. Guess I could have made one.
<p>oh I didn't know that they sell these things ;) anyway thanks!!</p>
<p>If I do make these (which I probably will), I will be sure to click the &quot;I Made It&quot; button. </p>
<p>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</p>
Nice. Thanks for sharing.
<p>thanks for the support ;)</p>
<p>This is so awesome! Voted :D!</p>

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