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LED Safety Vest (for Bike Riding): 5 Steps



Good morning

Here's a way to put some LED lights on a bike safety vest;

In this case it's a child-size vest, but you can of course do it for any size.

I kept the electric circuit as simple as possible, an order to focus on the LED installation;

Sorry, some intermediate steps (and photos) are missing: I'm writing this instructable about a vest that my girlfriend and me made last year

Materials:

– a bicycle safety vest;

– LEDs; we used white LEDs for front and red LEDs for the rear of the vest;

– a battery; we used a 3.6 Lithium rechargeable battery sold from a broken portable phone, but you can use any other small-sized battery; for example, 3 AAA size batteries with their support would be fine, and you could use Ni-MH rechargeable batteries as well as alkaline 1

.5V batteries; I imagine you could even use a Power Bank (supplying typically 5V) for extra long loading.

– some resistors; their value depends on the tension of the battery (typically between 3.6 and 4.5 V) and the type of LED used (please see next step for details).

– a small piece of prototype electronic card (you know , the type with plenty of holes spaced 1/10 or inch);

– small electric insulated wire, 2 colors if possible, and the most flexible you can find;

– an electric switch (optional); [19659002] – some fabric for the inner lining;

– optional: some Velcro (R) band, also for the inner lining; you could also use some pressure button instead.

Tools:

– soldering iron;

– scissors for electric wire;

– small pliers to bend the LED's pins;

– optional : a drill with a thin bit, the same diameter than the electric wire;


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