I made this phosphorescent system for more security and style to cycle in Paris.
This project is really easy to make !
Enjoy the video :-)
Step 1: Make the Rings.
I did not use the bicycle rim like existing projects because it is too thin and brake blocks would weaken the paint. Instead I made my own phosphorescent rings out of plexiglas.
First, use a compass to make the two rings, calculating the right dimensions for your wheels.
Step 2: Here Is the Compass
Here is the compass I made myself, because it is really hard to cut plexiglas.
Step 3: Here Are the Two Rings
Now let's move to the painting of the two rings.
Step 4: Painting of the Rings
I started with a white primer coating special for plastic.
Step 5: Varnish Step
Then I added a layer of phosphorescent paint and a layer of varnish.
Step 6: UV Leds
I made 4 modules to lighten the phosphorescent rings on each side, each one with 4 UV LEDS . LEDS are mounted in parallel because I wanted to power the whole system with a 5V battery.
Step 7: Modules
To make the modules I drilled plastic ducts pieces.
Step 8: Waterproof Modules
I used transparent silicone glue to seal and waterproof the modules.
Step 9: Attach the Rings on the Wheels
Each ring is mounted between the spokes and attached with plastic clamps.
Step 10: Battery
The 4 modules (16 LEDS) are linked to the red and black wires of a USB cable to be able to plug the system to a 5V smartphone power bank.