Introduction: LED Bicycle Wheels

Hello I am from Russia. I like bike and LED.
I set the wheels of my bike LEDs
I want to show you the process of creating.
I sorry for my bad English, I use a translator

Now my bike is also inset with LED logo Rammstein:

Step 1: Step 1

Buy materials.
LEDs 12v
insulating tape
battery 9v
plastic clamps
solder and Soldering Iron

Step 2: Step 2

Solder the LEDs to the wires and wraps tape

Step 3: Step 3

anchoring the LEDs on the spokes of duct tape and clamps
anchoring the battery on the sleeve and collar tape
connect the LEDs to the battery

Step 4: Step 4

anchoring the spokes of the switch and connect to the battery and LEDs

Step 5: Final Foto on My Bike.

Foto on my bike.

Step 6: Foto on My Old Bike and Bike Freind.

Step 7: Foto of the Birthday of the City.

Foto of the birthday of the city.
My friends from Saint Petersburg came to me in the holiday town. Together we went to fireworks. People do foto with our bikes. So cool =)


RandyL6 made it!(author)2016-05-16

IS resistors necessary? cos the material list didn't include resistors

siddhanta5 made it!(author)2016-02-29

very good this helps me alot ......but i m facing batery problm

alcurb made it!(author)2015-01-15

I wonder what it would look like with UV LEDs with spokes and inside of rim painted with fluorescent paint.

Nice work. I suggest for the beginner to include a schematic diagram.

andy100 made it!(author)2014-10-13

yes..!!! it does form a circle..!!!

andy100 made it!(author)2014-10-12

i would like to know how u connected all LEDs to the 9 volt battery?i have used 5mm LEDs when i turn the wheels it doesnt show smooth circle like yours..please help me..

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andy100 made it!(author)2014-10-12

i made it..but it just doesnt form a circle..each LED is connected to battery with a resistor of 470 ohms(yellow violet brown) to a 9 volt battery.

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WEDZMERM made it!(author)2014-09-29

this is quiet simple and much more less expensive. I'd like to try this out on my motorcycle.

Quick question though, how about using the hamster wheel principle in making the LED lights turn on as the wheels are moving. That would save us from buying batteries too.

raffy.kock made it!(author)2014-08-16


MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE made it!(author)2014-03-23

you can use google translate, which translates directly to English text with perfect spelling.

vsalditos made it!(author)2013-12-02

sorry for noob question.. how should i wire the LEDs? 4 LED in series = 9V battery? and then another set of these again? should i make it (4 LED in series) parallel with (4LED in series) = 9v battery?

Vranov made it!(author)2011-07-05

Hi! I'm from Ukraine)))

Why not to drill the holes in the rim and hide all wires inside?
Battery will be hidden near the hub

dkfa made it!(author)2011-09-04

Wouldn't this weaken the wheel?

Ghost+Wolf made it!(author)2012-03-06

Not at all the spokes are really what keep the wheel straight and strong

gtoal made it!(author)2012-05-23

Understood, but wouldn't an unbalanced weight (the battery pack) cause spoke deformation and ultimately a buckled wheel?

K2Joom made it!(author)2013-07-28

You could drill on to the wheel.

Remove the inner tube and the rubber band/liner which is used to prevent the spokes touching the tube.
Drill your holes at the required position around the wheel. Do this from the outside, in. Ensure that you have one extra hole, which will be used to allow the wires to come out of, you need to decide where this should go, but it should be close to one of the LED holes.
Clean the holes of any burrs.
Insert the LED through the hole from the outside, so it faces in, checking the polarity of the LEDs so that the positives of the LEDs are all on the same side of the wheel.
Use some silicone sealant around each LED, on the side that the LED legs are. This will hold it in place and prevent water getting inside the tyre.
Crop the legs of the LEDs, so that they are about 3mm long then bend them over so they are parallel to the wheel.
Solder a red wire to the positive side of the first LED and carry on connecting up to the next positive leg until all of the LEDs are connected, laying the cable in the rim, where the rubber band was. The rubber band will then cover the wires. Repeat this for the negative side.
On the last LED, connect enough length of wire to come out the extra hole drilled for the wire as it will go up the spokes towards the wheel hub. The wheel hub is where the switch and battery pack can be mounted.
Insulate the solder joins with some insulating tape.
Test that the circuit works.
If it does, then refit the rubber band/liner tyre and inner tube.

You should be all set to looks uber awesome.

beansatlevelcrossing made it!(author)2013-10-26

I think drilling holes into a bicycle rim would be quite a bad idea. The rims are kept in tension by the tensioned spokes, and have to withstand all sorts of stresses from the road, pedalling, and braking, so you wouldn’t want to weaken them with holes which which would be a good way for cracks to develop from.

pigloo made it!(author)2011-10-06

Nice idea but you would have to make the holes with leds airtight

giggsfan11 made it!(author)2012-02-25

Erm, no you wouldn't. The air pressure is in the tube not the tire. You could keep it water (and air) tight with a bit of silicone though, which would probably be a good idea.

pigloo made it!(author)2012-02-27

Doh, too much time dealing with car tyres.

ssukhi made it!(author)2011-08-08

I like ur idea

praj0506 made it!(author)2013-09-30

But the entire set-up will get damaged when it rains right?

pro5200 made it!(author)2011-11-18

I think you can connect directly to the negative pole of the rims as a grounding, so it can have fewer cables. CMIIW :)

K2Joom made it!(author)2013-07-28

This could certainly work, provided that you can make a secure electrical connection from each LED negative to the wheel and also one for the wire to battery.

igarcia13 made it!(author)2012-06-06

Are the led's in series? and also i tried using 4 led's and hooking it up to a 9 volt battery and it shorted.. Should i use more led's? or should i use capacitors? Please reply asap.. Need it for my bike :) Props bruh! :)) God Bless! :D

Btw.. Im using 3 volt led's

K2Joom made it!(author)2013-07-28

4 LEDs in series, if each is 3V. 4 * 3V = 12V
No need for capacitors.

Please check the polarity (which way around) you connect the LED to the battery, if wrong, the LED with not power up.

zuriputa made it!(author)2012-06-28

I think this photo can help you, this is a scheme of bicycle wheel light.

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flyingpuppy made it!(author)2012-07-02

Can you make these into kits for sale?

K2Joom made it!(author)2013-07-28


K2Joom made it!(author)2013-07-28

Great simple image.
This would work for standard LEDs with a Vf of 1.5V.

Anyone wanting to run off 12V, then you could use 8 LEDs (8*1.5V=12V)

In the parts list, the author mentions that he uses 12V LEDs. These essentially have a bias resistor already built in.

igarcia13 made it!(author)2012-07-03

But i dont see the cables in that position.. do you think the led's are connected directly to the switch then the switch is connected to the battery? Please reply asap :) Thanks!

thixono made it!(author)2012-07-03

So where can you get these tiny blue LED lights at? I plan on starting this project soon.

K2Joom made it!(author)2013-07-28

Any place that sells electronic devices.
Search Ebay for 12V LEDs for example.

vricsi94 made it!(author)2012-07-19

Nice project! But I have a question: if you don't use a resistor, then what will limit the current flowing through the LEDs? Because LEDs usually fry when you wire them up directly to a battery :D

K2Joom made it!(author)2013-07-28

Muromec is using 12V special LEDs. Imagine each LED with a limit resistor already built in.
If you can not get these type, then regular LEDs that have a Vf, forward voltage, of around 1.5 would work but you would need to add a resistor if your wired them in parallel.
Wiring in parallel, meaning each LED + goes to +V through the resistor and each LED - goes to -V. The down side to this is you waste more power as each bias resistor is used to drop the voltage from 12V to 1.5V, not efficient way, the battery life would be lower.

You could wire the LEDs in series, ie the first LED + to +V, the first LED - to + of the next LED, so on etc until LED #8, then the - of the LED connect to -V. In series, the sum of all Vf should match the input supply, so in this case 8*1.5V=12V.
The down side to this is, if one of the LEDs fail, the whole string fails, however, the total power would be lower than parallel mode.

The drive circuit could be improved by using a small regulator circuit.

mandrasiunas made it!(author)2011-09-15

1 LED- 12V
5 LED - 60V
1 battery - 9V
How you get these 60V on the one circle?And how long all this works?

K2Joom made it!(author)2013-07-28

Also note, as 9V battery is being used, then you will not be running the LEDs at full power/brightness. You could wire 6 AA batteries in series to get 12V thus making the LEDs brighter.

K2Joom made it!(author)2013-07-28

** 8 AA batteries

dvandament1 made it!(author)2011-09-18

This type of LED runs on 1.5volts, not 12V.
Just thought I would mention that.

vadipp made it!(author)2012-08-20

No. Each LED runs on 12V max. But muromec connects them in parallel, not in series. So in his case each LED runs on 9V from the battery.

mandrasiunas made it!(author)2011-09-18

thx for an answer : )

K2Joom made it!(author)2013-07-28

Great Instructable

giantmidget31 made it!(author)2012-03-17

I would love to do this, but I live in an area where it rains somewhat frequently. Any suggestions on waterproofing this system?

stringstretcher made it!(author)2012-11-01

LED's are waterproof. Worry about the switch.

Adambowker98 made it!(author)2012-06-23

Try using an LED light strip. Here's a red one on eBay:

giantmidget31 made it!(author)2012-06-24

Thanks, I'll check those out.

flyingpuppy made it!(author)2012-07-02

Phenomenal for safety! This should be the new law.

PitStoP made it!(author)2012-07-01

This is coOoL.. Looks like a tron light cycle!

Felixninja made it!(author)2012-06-27

AAAAAAAAAAANNNDDDD I want to this to a frisbee. How cool would that be, A tron frisbee.

zack247 made it!(author)2011-09-05

nice one!
i would love to do this on a car.
all i would want to do is figure out how to get it to turn on without having to do it manually.

muromec made it!(author)2011-10-16

See this post, where do on car

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