Introduction: Light Up Your Skateboard

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 Hello people!

In this instructable I will show you how to light up you skateboard using LEDs. In my example i put the LEDs upward, but you can put them downward for a neon like effect. I had this idea whne my friend pimped hi tricycle and had the idea to put neon on it. This gives a really cool effect on your pants and you can easily be seen from 100m away! Enjoy your new board that now is different and road safe!

English isn't my first language, so if you see mistakes/grammar problems don't blame me. I also like to show things visually instead of describing them; this is the reason for the amount of pictures used.

Step 1: Equipment

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- Drill & drill bit the size of a LED
- Soldering Iron & soldering iron
- Glue gun (optional)
- Wire cutters

Software (parts)
- LEDs (I used 6)
- Button
- 9V battery
- 9V battery clip
- Resistors*
- Wire
- Electrical tape
- Duct tape (optional, but recommended)

Need to know how to solder
Need to know how to drill

*I used 6 LESs, but you can use more. Check how much resistance you need before you solder them.

Step 2: Preparing the Board

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 In this step we will drill the holes. Get a drill bit that is a bit bigger then the LED your using. 

Image 2&3:
Drilling the holes

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Insert a LED in the hole

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Poke a piece of electrical tape over the led

Image 6:
Bend the LEDs leads and mark of the positive and negative leads (positive is the longer one)

Step 3: Electronics

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 First of all, I'm sorry for the bad picture of the circuit board.

The first image is how I did my circuit board.
The power supply is 9 volts.
The blue spots are my resistors, 100 Ohms each*
The red spots are LEDs. The color of my LEDs are blue so the voltage drop was 3.0 - 3.5 Volts per LED. When making your own LED array use the chart underneath to calculate the voltage drop**.

Red              1.8 - 2.1V
Orange        2.2V
Yellow         2.4V
Green          2.6V
Blue             3.0 - 3.5V
White           3.0 - 3.5V

*Use the amount of Ohm's appropriate to your circuit
**Approximate voltage

Step 4: Covering Up

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 I used duct tape to cover up the electronics.

Step 5: Done!

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 Your done! 

This took me about 1 hour.

Problems you might run into:

Only a few of the LEDs working!
- Recheck your circuit... Have you connected a + to a -?
- You LED might be broken =S

It stopped working after I did a grind on my board!
- You ripped apart your wires when you did your grind.... dumb dumb...

Put the electronic parts on top of the board and cover with grip-tape! This way you can grind! =D

Hope you enjoyed this and I hope you have fun building this!

P.S. The effect on my pants (image 2&3 is brighter in real life)


squant (author)2011-09-22

Cool idea, but wouldn't it be easier just to add some glow in the dark paint or tape? Considering the LED will only be visible in the dark anyway.

chad.sandiford.3 (author)squant2015-03-31

The easiest thing would be to go to

tfultsucf (author)2010-11-04

Recently I came across Flatwire and Tapewire, both of which are meant for low profile wiring, would fit easily under grip tape or even just on the underside your board.

Ward_Nox (author)2009-11-29

...not for nothing but why not use El wire? around the edge with clear wheels it would look alot like a hoverboard

tfultsucf (author)Ward_Nox2010-11-04

I've been wanting to use EL wire on my longboard for a while or at least light up my wheels. Unfortunately they don't stay clear for long after getting scuffed up and discolored from usual wear. I'm currently opting to use LED's that are much brighter than most EL wire and easier mount away from possible damage. Either way you still get a nice under-glow effect when riding at night.

theman123321 (author)Ward_Nox2009-11-29

Good idea but I live in China and i can't be bothered to buy online =p
It would be cool thou

Doctor Freeman (author)2010-10-05

what that picture with the leds shows me thats it's not road safe it shows me drivers are probably saying what the @%$& is that

berky93 (author)2009-11-30

If you use conductive paint you wouldn't need the duct tape. not that duct tape isn't awesome, but it may not be up to the task of protecting wires from the wear and tear they experience on a skateboard. But this way you could paint your circuits anywhere you want, such as around the outside edge of the board.

theman123321 (author)berky932009-12-02

 I thought of that... I also though of using copper plates cut into smaller bits and putting them under the grip tape so that nothing would be visible.

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