Cold Cathodes are bright, fun, and bring a smile to everyone's face when seen. I have used Cold Cathodes for a while and the usage of batteries was absurd, over 16 batteries every four hours! This instructable shows with only a little time, you can change your 600volt Cold Cathodes for 12volt LED's.
Step 1: My current and old bike
A long long time and many bikes ago, was my first bike, ever since then, i have been modding it, from bikes to big wheels and wagons. When i first put Cold Cathodes on my bike, and since the thought, i have considered LED's but thought it was too expensive, and they still are. But in the long run with the amount of batteries i have used through out the time on my old bike and new bike, it has been expensive.
Cold Cathodes, although cheap, as with not being energy efficient, weren't very durable. And broke from time to time. Even just the cords. One more flaw in the design was the small fuse in the 12v to 600v inverter was irreplaceable; or hard.
Step 2: Getting Started
Get your stuff together, seriously, its getting out of hand and all over the..oops wrong conversation.
Well Get the required supplies for this experiment....
RGB LED light strips (i got mine from my brothers truck, which he got from walmart, apparently he has too much cash on his hands to get them online.)
RGB light strip controller.
1 8 AA battery holder from radioshack or your favorite electronics store, i used 2 4 AA holders.
8 of your favorite brand of AA battery.
1 9v battery clip for your battery pack
Some of your brothers lemonade passionberry tea stuff from starbucks, instructable soon!
Step 3: Durability
Since these strips and LED's in general are very durable, we do not need padding as with our 1st way of energy wasting Lighting. Its like a strap and go deal. Yet with extra wires. When mounting the Lights with zip ties, be sure the wires do not get caught in the chain or wrapped around something that may mess with your brake system. It does not end well.