Introduction: DIY Skateboard Longboard Riser Lights Angled Riser

so i almost got hit by a car the other night on my way to the local walgreens... it was super dark no street lights and i realised i wasnt very visable. i had seen riser lights online... checked them out. too expensive. and i dont like the fact they are not on angled risers. so i decided to build my own. cheap too...

Step 1: Stuff You Need

vitals in this project.

1. set of risers to modify
2. simple switch
3. 2 high intensity wide angle leds
4. 2 small calculator sized batteries
5. dremel with small sanding bit.
6.soldering gun and solder
7. hot glue gun
8. some small section of shipping foam

you can "borrow" some of these things like the leds batteries and switches from electronics around your house.


this step is my fave cause i like to use my dremel. basically you are carving plastic out of certain areas of the riser to create room for the leds wiring switch and batteries

sector nine risers are what i used they have a good central location for batteries.

make sure you are carving out the correct side for which way you want the leds to face.

one of my wires ran on under side of this picture...

and dont forget to take your time.

Step 3: Led Circuit

so for this next step you may want to draw a small circuit on a piece of paper just for reference. i did just forgot to take a picture of it.

any way you need to solder leds together, the positive from one should be connected to the negative of the second. for more information if you are confused just click here other than that this is a simple step.

notes: make sure your connections are strong. this will experience a lot of vibrations so make certain your connections are solid.

take your time just cause there arent lots of pictures doesnt mean this is a quick step... simple not quick.

you will notice i started using a different switch later in the pictures this is because i broke the two in the first pictures (go me!) trying to rush...

some use resistors, i didnt... still works fine.

Step 4: Show That Hot Glue Gun Some Lovin...

now you need to take everything you have in front of you and smother it in hot glue.... not really... but feel free to make it messy if you need too since you wont ever see the mess again. or atleast until you change the batteries...

i covered the back of the leds in hot glue so if i go threw a puddle of water and it somehow gets wet it wont short out the circuit... i suggest you do the same... hot glue the switch in if theres any wiggle room.

batteries are tricky. first i hot glues the wires to the correct side of each battery. then i taped the batteries together then i hot glued two little pieces of foam to one side to ensure pressure against both batteries...

Step 5: Assembly and in Closing

so the final step is to put it on your board! if your hardware isnt long enough for a riser then go pick some up at the local hardware store...

other than that youre done! test it out...


prob not the best idea for super secret sessions in the middle of the night since it makes you super visable. and easily spotted

mine are really bright pictures dont do it justice

instructions would be the same for front lights i would just use three white leds instead

thanks for checkin out my first instructable!!!


Pocketfile made it!(author)2016-09-27

Love this, worked out great

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Navindra+ made it!(author)2015-07-09

There is a company that is doing this. And offers a bit more lighting and safety.

Its called Ekick. This is there website its a bit stronger material.

juicymoose made it!(author)2011-11-30

nice fish

ezarate made it!(author)2011-11-24

this is great!
im planning on adding the blue l.e.d Car light strips onto my board.

balmeida made it!(author)2011-03-06

Wow nice. Thanx dude.

Cann0n made it!(author)2009-08-28

A company just marketed these. Sow it on SF

jonnnyyyzzz made it!(author)2009-08-29

Yeah I just started the company. Its called Light Riser. Check it out at

drummonkey92 made it!(author)2009-08-25

realy nice idea for the back. i saw some plans for front lights on silverfish that looked pretty impresive though

quesoman made it!(author)2009-06-27

i do believe this is a fenominal idea and wish do do this on my board, but why not just carry a flashlight

albertOMG made it!(author)2009-05-02

I would personally try to put another pair of 1/8" riser pads underneath these, to protect from water and dirt coming in through the trucks and into the risers.

PetervG made it!(author)2008-07-11

I usually just take a 10mm diffused LED with the battery. Tape them together and like, hot glue it onto my board before going out for a night run.

AlloySkull made it!(author)2008-06-16

I tried this once, but for another reason. Underglow. Yeah, lame. But I have old longboards and tons of skatboard stuff since I've been skating for a long time and longboarding is my life. I was bored and put blue LEDS inside the riser. Scrapped it because I cruise too much and the cracks in roads really screwed it up. It was the cheapest I could build, anyway.

Azn+Hitman made it!(author)2008-02-19

What Kind of board do you have?? oh and BTW if you want to buy real ones they are called sunrisers. nice instructable!!!!

pyrothepenguin made it!(author)2008-02-19

its a gokiburi magic bus. 55" really just a cruiser... good for bombing though... it makes me want to buy a super carving board... like a landyachtz evo or something... and mine is real... not store bought but most certainly real. thanks!

Azn+Hitman made it!(author)2008-02-20

haha yeah i really want the evo

suggsugg made it!(author)2008-04-29

same. I have the loaded vanguard right now. that and a homemade mini for g turns and shuv-its and stuff

Azn+Hitman made it!(author)2008-05-01

I FINALLY ORDERED MY EVO!!!!!!! what kind of setup do u have on the loaded???

suggsugg made it!(author)2008-05-01

gullwing chargers and abec11 strikers for sliding. Whats your setup on the evo?

Azn+Hitman made it!(author)2008-05-04

-evo 2008 green tree deck -bear grizzlys -retro big-zigs (80a) -abec 7 bearings how does your board handle DH?

suggsugg made it!(author)2008-05-04

thats an amazing setup. It does ok on downhill going up to 35 (or at least thats the fastest I've gone on it so far.) I want to get an evo for downhill though, I got to try one a while ago at a downhillbillies slalom jam. It had the 96 millimeter flywheels, it was amazing

ArtemisBlue made it!(author)2008-02-28


alvincredible made it!(author)2008-01-24

haha wow that must look cool when you're skateboarding. i thougt they were meant to be lights that light up the gorund under the board kinda like the once on racecars wiht lights under 'em ahah -_- ...nvm

nobby_sk8 made it!(author)2008-01-23

nice u can buy these but there well expensive i might try it cheres

masterochicken made it!(author)2008-01-07

much better than this.

pyrothepenguin made it!(author)2008-01-07

thanks, that one seems a little overkill... id be scared to ride it for fear of messin it up...

masterochicken made it!(author)2008-01-09

How could you ride that board without destroying it? It's just ridiculous.

pyrothepenguin made it!(author)2008-01-09

just got it for xmas... its cold... i havent ridden it much, gokiburi 55" btw... do you "destroy" your boards just by riding them???

masterochicken made it!(author)2008-01-10

Yeah I ride hard. I'm not much into "cruising".

GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-01-07

Awesome job. Looks pretty easy, should add in some resistors in the spaces that are available in the riser. This is probably possible with normal skateboarding risers, I might try it out, this is really cool. :-)

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