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LED light Project

I started to do this project for my turbo on my truck aways back but then I bought this bike so i decided to try it here first. The goal is to have leds shining down from under the gas tank. The point of the potentiometer is so when the throttle is turned it will adjust the brightness of the lights, so the more i turn the throttle the brighter it will get. The 2 momentary switches are to change the color from yellow to blue and the other is to turn off the potentiometer so the lights remain a constant brightness.
Materials needed:
  • Arduino board
  • proto board
  • 1 led blue strip
  • 1 led yellow strip
  • 2 momentary switches
  • 1 power switch (master switch)
  • 1 Potentiometer
  • 2 frets
  • lots of wire
  • solder
  • outlet box
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First,
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I cut and bent some sheet metal for the lights and fitted it to the bike.

Then I cut and glued lights to the tank

Next trimmed the handle bar end cap so the potentiometer would fit in it, next i soldered and ran the wires through the handle bar and through a hole in the middle of the handle bar.

Next i mounted the switches on the shroud in front of the gas tank

Next step is soldering the lights and running the wires

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Update:
Because of my lack of classes today I spent most of it soldering all the led lights together on the center piece and the gas tank....
Here is a picture of the board all soldered together, courtesy of one of my room mates whos a computer engineer, he'll also be writing the program. Couldnt do it to save me life, mechanical engineer problems....

Picture of the blue lights on the center piece

And the amber leds


Tomorrow ill be connecting everything on the bike and my room mate will be writing the program.

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Out of curiosity, what's the padlock on the gas tank all about?

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Keeps the chickens inside,silly.ya don't wanna ride down the road and have the chicken get out of the gas tank

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Out of curiosity, what's the padlock on the gas tank all about?
I was using it as a weight haha for when the glue was drying

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Project done!! i have a few bugs to work out in the program but heres the progress! Ill be adding more lights also.... not bright enough for me yet.

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Thanks! When i get to working perfectly ill post an update. Im goin to do the same thing for my turbo on my duramax but ill be goin off the boost after the turbo

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