Turn Your Bike Into A Safe-At-Night TRON-Cycle With EL Wire

Turn Your Bike Into A Safe-At-Night TRON-Cycle With EL Wire

When you bike at night, you need lights and reflectors to stay safe from vehicles and other people who might otherwise not see you. MAKE Projects shows you a really cool way to do that and also make your bike look like something out of TRON at the same time.

First, what exactly is EL wire? Emily Smith and Luke Closs, authors of the project, explain:

Electroluminescent wire consists of a copper wire coated in phosphor (a luminescent substance similar to what’s in glow-in-the-dark toys), which glows when an alternating current is applied across it by outer wrap wires (aka “angel-hair” wires).

To add EL wire to your bike, you just need enough to wrap around the parts you want to glow and power it with a battery. To give it a shot, check out the full how-to over at MAKE Projects.

Glow Bike [MAKE Projects]


  • I would think this would make you less safe as passing drivers are distracted by something so unusual and end up crashing into you as they try to work out what the bright lights are!

    • Not necessarily. They may hit other bike riders but will at least be watching you while they are running over them, so technically yes, you are safer, just not everyone else!

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