I had recently purchased a new child bicycle trailer for my little girl. As winter is coming and the sun is setting much earlier, I decided she needed an upgrade to keep us highly visible and thus much safer from inattentive drivers. Since there are limited options for night visibility, and they are expensive and generally worthless; it was time to DIY. This tutorial will guide you through the creation process of the N.V.L.E.D.U.S......."Night Visibility Light Emitting Diode Upgrade System". Please excuse the poor photos, I lost most of my images due to a corrupted SD card and had to settle for these poor Iphone photos and videos. Since the Make It Glow contest has begun, I decided to just roll with it and upload what I had left. Enjoy!!!
Step 1: Inventory Checklist....
Items you will need to make it glow...
2 - 8 AA Battery Holders with snap connectors (make those 10x battery holders if you intend on using 1.2 volt Rechargeable Batteries, which you should) - http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062242
2 - 9v snap connectors to 5.5 to 2.1mm Male DC plugs - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005D65LEG/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
2 - 5.5x2.1mm 1 Female to 2 Male Splitter 2 Way DC Power Cables (you can make your own 3 way splitter, but I got lazy) - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0050H9A18/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
3 - 5 meter SMD 5050 Water-resistant 300LEDs RGB Flexible LED Strip Light Lamp Kit 44Key IR Remote Controller (Save the Male 2.1mm DC plugs included in this kit...you will use them later) - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AJJDLHQ/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Lots of assorted Heat Shrink tubing sizes and lengths...I cut mine to size but bought this kit to make sure I had what I needed - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008WWC6FU/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
1 - 10 meter roll of 4 color RGB cable spool for 5050 4 pin connections - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009VD3EW8/ref=oh_details_o08_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
1 - 4 Pin Splitter for One to Two LED RGB Color Changing Strips (optional depending on if you choose 1 controller or 2) - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0077IPRAG/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i04?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Lots of LED PCB RGB LED Strip Any Angel Turn Connector, 4 Conductor, For SMD5050 depending on how many turns you need to make (I ran out and had to solder the remaining connections; which took forever so buy plenty!!!) - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006VZKSNC/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i02?ie=UTF8&psc=1
1 - 10pack 10 inch(30cm) 2.1 x 5.5mm DC Power Pigtail Female - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CUKHN0S/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
3 - 48cm LED (any color) Flexible Neon Strip Light - http://www.ebay.com/itm/331029282421?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
1 kit - LED bike lights *KIT BOTH WHEELS* - safety spoke wheel lights ( I didn't want to build this portion so I bought these from this great company, support them!!!) - http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=271298916515
1 - 2" X 15' roll of Industrial strength Velcro with sticky backing - http://www.amazon.com/Velcro-Industrial-Strength-Sticky-Back-Fasteners/dp/B00006RSP1/ref=sr_1_6?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1384269340&sr=1-6&keywords=velcro
22 - AA Batteries....(26 if you use the 1.2V Rechargeables) - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UG41W8/?tag=thewire06-20
1 - Bicycle underseat bag - http://www.amazon.com/BV-Bicycle-Strap-On-Saddle-Medium/dp/B00A3W8EG2/ref=sr_1_3?s=cycling&ie=UTF8&qid=1384269959&sr=1-3
1 - 4 Pin Connectors Male for Led Strip Lights RGB 5050 3528 Insert Easy Use - http://www.amazon.com/20pcs-Connectors-Strip-Lights-Insert/dp/B008LR35VK/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1384270085&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=rgb led light strips connectors
Non Specific Items...
1 - Black roll of Electrical Tape
1 - Soldering Iron
1 - Roll of Rosin-Core Solder
1 - set of "Helping Hands for Soldering"
1 - Pair of Scissors
1 - Pair of Wire Strippers
A big bag of black 8' Tie-Wraps/Zip Ties
A measuring tape
1 - Exacto Knife
1 - Mini hot glue gun and plenty of hot glue