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Microcontrollers are very powerful tools for exploration into the electrical world. In this tutorial we will be using Arduino's Uno board, and we will show you how to program a number of basic functions into a breadboard bike light. To allow for switching between the various function of the bike light we will show you how to physically debounce a button and use an interrupt in Arduino code. Also we will show you how to set up a basic voltage divider to measure the value of a photoresistor, and how to power your Arduino externally so that it could be removed from your computer.

Step 1: The Materials

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For this instructable you will require the following in addition to your arduino board:

1. A breadboard
2. 5 LEDs
3. A standard pushbutton
4. An inverting shmidt trigger
5. A 10 uF Capacitor
6. A 10k Ohm Resistor
7. A bunch of wires (not pictured)
8. Some kind of power supply from 5V-9V that doesn't need a whole lot of current. (optional)

Very good article!

I have some questions:

1. Is it possible to feed the Arduino with power from a Lipo Rider?

Or an Energy Shield?

My plan is to use a no friction magnet dynamo to deliver the power and let the Lipo Rider take care of charging a Litium battery pack so that I can have a steady source for the LED's, USB (iPhone) and Arduino.

These circuits are made for solar input. Can I use them with no mods with a no friction magnet dynamo instead?

2. I plan to use the 5 LED's for the back light. For the headlamp I will use one power LED. How do I control this? With a separate output?