How I Make my LED GLOW HOOPS
NEW TUTORIAL! Make a SMART HOOP!!
Learn how to make a LED HOOP using a LED Strip!
This hoop has no battery gap!



SMART HOOP diagram 5:8
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Disclaimer: Please be safe when working with electricity & tools. Wear safety goggles & be attentive when working with batteries. I am not responsible for any damage caused to you
or your products.



TUBE SIZE: 5/8"OD
(Outside) CONNECTOR SIZE: 3/4"OD
XSmall & Small Push Buttons

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make your own Smart hoop using an LED strip.

Please note: I am using a NON-Waterproof LED strip for this hoop. These strips are much lighter than the Waterproof LED strips, but they are not, of course, waterproof. So I would be cautious about getting this hoop wet.

Connecting the Battery Spring to the Push Button
In the video, you'll notice that I attach the battery spring to the push button with tiny nuts & bolts. This requires that a small hole be drilled in the end of the push button, which is tricky to do. I didn't have much luck drilling the holes myself, so I took my push buttons to a machine shop & they drilled them for me on a huge drill press. This may not be an option for everyone, so I have been trying to come up with an alternative solution. You can try & solder them on, but I didn't have much luck with that & besides, I really hate to solder! You could try epoxy or glue, but I have not tried those, so I can't tell you how well they work. What I have tried is Sugru. If you're not familiar with it, google it. I bought it at Lowes or you can order it online in many different colors. It seems to hold well & hopefully it will last for a long time!

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Tools

Pipe Cutter
Hardware Stores, Plumbing Section

Measuring Tape
Fabric or Craft Stores

Safety Goggles
Sharpies
Wire Cutter or Scissors
Ruler

Wire Stripper
RadioShack

Drill
13/64 for XSmall push button hoop hole
1/4" for Small push button hole

String (Heavy/Strong)
Small Fishing Weight
Walmart

If Needed/Optional:
Tiny Screw Drivers for Tiny Screws & Nuts
MicroMark.com

Supplies
Polypro Tubing (or HDPE) 5/8" OD
Hoopsupplies.com
HDPE Tubing 3/4" OD
Hoopsupplies.com

LED Strips-300 LED, RGB 5050 5M NON-Waterproof 12V
Ebay

Mini Controller
Ebay

Controller Connector Pins
Ebay

24 or 22 gauge Speaker Wire
Radio Shack
White or transparent Electrical Tape
FindTape or Hardware Stores

Clear Plastic Sleeve
Hillas.com
Clear tape

Small Push Buttons
XSmall Push Buttons
Hoopsupplies.com

2 @Tiny Screws (0-80,1-72, 2-56 or 4-40)
I used 0-80s in the tutorial, but you may wanna consider the larger sizes listed above, they may be easier to handle.
MicroMark.com

2 @Tiny Nuts
MicroMark.com

2 @Tiny Washers
You may also need some tiny washers, depending on what screw size you go with.
MicroMark.com

2 @Small Battery Springs
Digikey.com
DipMicro.com
Ebay.com

Epoxy or Other Glue for Tiny Screws

OR, Instead of the Tiny Screws & Bolts try:

Sugru
To attach the battery springs to the push buttons
(See notes above)

Plastic bottle (tennis ball, soda, etc)

Battery-3.7V Trustfire (PROTECTED) 10400 (AAA sized)
Battery Junction

Using 3/4"OD Hoop Tubing with Flush Battery Holder
I haven't made a Smart Hoop from 3/4"OD tubing yet, but if you would like to try it, here's a diagram for it. What is nice about this hoop is that the battery holder is the same size tubing as the hoop tube, so that it is flush. This hoop uses 2@5/8"OD polycarb connectors that are approximately 1-5/8" in length. The connectors are riveted in place, so you'll have to figure out how to do this with the circuit running through them, which shouldn't be too difficult. Maybe one day I will make a tutorial for this hoop, but for now at least, there is this diagram to help start you off!

SMART HOOP diagram 3:4
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GRIP---> Grip Sticks, Sanding & Tape:

I don't tape my hoops any more, I usually use a grip stick which you
can get at Battery Dude, they are awesome! (LOVE the embedded
little dude!) Just reapply every so often.
Battery Dude

To see how to apply the Grip Sticks, check out this video by Mike Hayataka::
Apply Yo Grip Stick!

grip stick

If you want to sand them, use
really course sandpaper grade (40, 50 or 60). This also provides a good grip, but eventually may lead to cracking or breakage of your hoop.

When I used to tape my hoops I sometimes would use a half inch strip of gaffer tape just along the inside. I don’t really like the criss-crossing of tape that I have seen, although If you need the gaffers for extra grip then its probably a good idea.
I have also tried First Aid Clear Tape, spiral-wrapped on a few of my led hoops. It helps for grip and you can’t really see it, so it doesn’t interfere with the lights. But I don’t think its very durable, so if you use it, you may have to re-tape often.

gaffer tape

firstaid tape

clear tape roll

Just discovered this super duper grippy tape by 3M. (Thanks to
Caroleeena!)
It comes in 1" rolls but you can cut it down to 1/2" or 1/4" strips with scissors to line the inside of your hoop. When applying it, make sure you rub it down really well to get any air bubbles out. It's pretty transparent, so it's great on an led hoop, & seems pretty durable. You can order it from
Identi-Tape (bottom of the page) or from Amazon.

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E N J O Y ! ! !


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