Bicycle Bottle Generator for LED Rope Light

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by YoloMike, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. YoloMike

    Thread Starter New Member

    Feb 10, 2009
    Hi All:

    First time post by someone very distant from his high school circuitry days.

    I would like to use a 12v 6 watt bottle generator (presumably AC) to run an LED rope light that requires 12v DC input. I think that all I need to do is to size the rope light so that it requires approximately 6 watt (about 6' by my calculations), run it to a bridge rectifier, and thence to the bottle generator.

    My goal is to have a big patch of led lighting that comes on at moderate speeds (12-30 kph) when I put the bottle generator to the tire.

    Am I overlooking something? What should I be looking for in a bridge rectifier?

    Thanks in advance for your help!
  2. triggernum5

    Senior Member

    May 4, 2008
    I think any rectifier should do the trick.. 4 1N4001's should be sufficient, or any premade rectifier you pull out of something..