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Make: Bicycle Projects by John Baichtal

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Chapter 9. Lighting It Up

This chapter shows readers how to build and install a couple of decorative LED projects, beginning with small, battery-powered lights I call Poesies. Then, we’ll quickly ramp up the challenge with a DIY headlight that uses a high-brightness LED to illuminate the roadway ahead of you. The final project is an interactive LED strand (Figure 9-1) that responds to the bike’s movements by altering the color and pattern of lights.

LED Poesies

The first light-up project is a fun little project that might be good for a kid’s (or a whimsical adult’s) bike. It’s a big watch battery–powered LED that is part of a laser-cut wooden flower, seen in Figure 9-2. You can also riff on it to make more sophisticated displays as you get ...

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