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Bicycle LED Lights

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This Instructable will guide you through the process of lighting your bike with LED lights. I get these lights pretty cheap on eBay and the biggest cost is batteries. I use a 12 volt rechargeable battery, but you can use other configurations. The video posted above is a quick guide to lighting your bike and is a preview of sorts.
 
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Step 1: Preparing Your Parts

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Tools Needed:
1.
Scissors (to cut the inner tube)
2. X-Acto Knife (or a sharp knife)
3. Soldering Iron (optional, to attach alligator clips to the battery))
4. Zip Ties  (optional, to secure the LEDs to your bike)
5. Bike Bag (under the seat is best)
6. Wire Stripper (or a sharp knife)
7. Inner Tube (optional)
8. Alligator Clips (optional)
9. LED Lights (remote is optional, yet more fun) eBay Link
10. 12 Volt Battery (several options) Rechargeable AA Battery Holder
11. Razor Blade
12. Safety Glasses

I am providing a detailed list of items that I used. You can do this project with much less. You might not need to strap zip ties or inner tubes to your bike to hold the LED wire, for example.
swimfan248911 months ago
Hey, just wondering how long of an LED strip you are using, and how long it lasts with teh 12V battery? Thanks!
Tater Zoid (author)  swimfan24898 months ago
I am using a 5 meter strip and the battery lasts about 5-6 hours.
HrdWodFlor9 months ago
Very cool! I have always wanted to do something like this but thought it would be much harder. I love to ride my bike night this will help a lot. I do have a question, how sensitive is the LED strip to water?
Tater Zoid (author)  HrdWodFlor8 months ago
Thanks. While I do order the waterproof LEDs, I have yet to test them in the rain. I have splashed through puddles though and they still run. As I use them more, I will do my best to provide updates.
lycrake9 months ago
Hi there. Great instructable, thinking about making something similar. Out of interest what length of LEDs did you lay, and how long do the batteries last?
Tater Zoid (author)  lycrake8 months ago
Hello and thank you. The LED I order are 5 meters long and the battery tends to last about 5-6 hours on blink mode.
Nice instructable. You can also add a small bike generator and voltage regulator to recharge the battery pack. Thanks for sharing.
Tater Zoid (author)  ahmedebeed5551 year ago
Great idea, I'll look into that.
gladreal1 year ago
hello, I may have missed something, but what exactly did you use the innertube for?
Tater Zoid (author)  gladreal1 year ago
I used the inner tube when I put the zip ties on the frame for added protection to the paint. They are just temporary until the 3M backing sticks to the frame.
thank you, we figured it was something along those lines, but hate to assume!
Tater Zoid (author)  gladreal1 year ago
I saw your facebook post. Thanks for sharing.
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