How To Install Led Strip Lights On Bicycle

How To Install Led Strip Lights On Bicycle
  • Author: Amanda Arnold
  • Posted On: August 11, 2022
  • Updated On: August 21, 2023

This tutorial will demonstrate how to turn your bike into an LED light bike. It’s incredibly sim

ple and inexpensive. If you enjoy taking pictures, your bike will turn into the best light painting tool. Even if you are not a professional LED Lights installer, you can still go for this project to give a completely new look to your bicycle.

Make sure to create a plan before ordering the supplies to install LED strip lights on the bicycle. In this way, it would be easier for you to get an estimation of needed items.

Moreover, you can also save money by ordering only required stuff rather than additional useless supplies. So, continue reading to know the complete process;

Collect Needed Supplies And Tools

  • LED strip lights with control switch and box
  • Scissors
  • A sharp knife
  • Ruler
  • Zip ties
  • Soldering iron
  • Quick connectors
  • 12v battery
  • Inner tubing
  • Safety goggles

Prepare Bike Frame

For this, you can use soap and water or rubbing alcohol. Ensure the area is spotless so the LED light strip will adhere to the frame.

Mark The Locations For Lights

Keep in mind that the fast connectors are only 4 inches long while determining the path of the light strips. As stated earlier, you have more versatility if you utilize a soldering gun and wires.

Cut LED Strip Lights In Desired Size

Any copper connections can have a strip cut to the required length down the middle. Cut the excess off after peeling back the waterproof covering. Peel back the plastic covering the connections’ backs, and use a utility knife to shave off the glue’s adhesive coating. This may take some time.

Scraping off the glue from the strip’s back is unnecessary if you are soldering.

Remove Battery From The Case

Ensure the power switch is off and your batteries are not in the case. Connect the lights’ battery. Connect the red wire from the battery box to the red wire from the lights with electrical tape.

Similarly, use the black wires. Make sure your connection is strong. You might need to remove some plastic coating off the ends to reveal the real wires.

Attach Connectors

Snap it close after aligning the connector’s positive side with the LED strip’s positive side. Solder the connectors together if you are using solder. The control box can be fastened to the frame using Velcro, but you can alternatively store it and your battery in a bag under your bike seat.

Repeat The Process To Cover Complete Bicycle

This should go smoothly if you had planned the layout of the LED light strips. Just leave enough length for the handlebars to turn if you plan to install any LED strips on the front forks. This might not be a practical choice with the quick connectors. Soldering makes it possible.

Test The Installed Lights

Ensure the copper connections are sufficiently exposed for the fast connector to make contact if a connection isn’t working. Examine all of your connections.

Use a hot glue gun to apply to all the connection points between the LED light strip and the fast connectors or soldered connections—this aids in keeping them secure and waterproof.

Use Zip Ties To Firm The LED Lights

Despite having a sticky back, it’s also a good idea to zip-tie the LED light strip to prevent it from coming off while riding. The end is here! The road is now open to your LED light bike. The LED light strip can be changed to several colors using the remote.

Along with choosing different colors, you can also adjust the brightness and set the lights to alternate colors as you drive about town.

Bottom Line

The battery won’t last very long because of how bright the LED lights are. A better battery will give you more time than a cheap one, which may only last around 30 minutes.

The battery wire and male plug should have about a 1/4 inch removed from each end using wire strippers. It doesn’t matter which of the male adapter or the battery you solder the two alligator clips to.

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Author: Amanda Arnold

Amanda has been working with ConstructionHow since 2021. Her experience spans over 5 years in the creative niche such as home decor and trends, landscaping, renovations, and custom architectural values. As a home designer expert, she has a keen eye for the latest home improvement trends with accurate facts that readers find impossible to ignore. Being invested in home-building trends is how she has gained her lucrative expertise exploring more to bring a positive ambiance for all homeowners (and even tenants!). Currently, she lives in a beautiful beach home, a source of fascination for her.