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February 28, 2008

LED Hula Hoop

at 5:22 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks, Toy Hacks



Jeffkobi shows us a simple way to make a popular toy much cooler. Seems like the hula hoop is not as popular as it once was but what if the ones in the store were LED Hula Hoops? I think they would be selling like hot cakes!

"Some friends wanted a lighted hula hoop for burningman, and when they turned out to be about $200 each, I decided to make one. All the parts cost about $15 . . . total time to make the hoop was about 3 hours, but that included time for figuring things out. You could probably make one in less than 2 hours with this instructable and soldering skills . . .


  • 12′ – polyethylene tubing
  • 1x tubing connector
  • 6x LED’s (or more if you like)
  • 6x 69ohm resistors (calculate for your LED’s)
  • 6x LED holders
  • 14’x2 copper wire
  • 1x mini switch
  • 1x AAA battery holder (2xbatteries, 3Volts)
  • assorted heat shrink
  • random paperclips"



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11 Responses to “LED Hula Hoop”

  1. MadScott Says:

    This has *huge* commercial potential — go for it!

  2. jawaan Says:

    but still you didnt explain how to make them. you only given the items required list

  3. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Jawaan,

    Click on the link in the article for full instructions. 🙂

  4. prodmod Says:

    I am selling a parts kit on prodmod.com for between $40 and $60 depending on size and types of LEDs.
    You can follow instructions on Craft Magazine Vol 6, or you can see what instructions I post this weekend.
    I found a way to make is really easy to assemble, you dont even have to solder connections if you dont want to.
    If you are in the NYC area you can come to my free workshop where I will show you how.
    You can even buy a kit really cheap $45 if you are picking it up at class.
    Class will be on April 16th, 2008 at 3rd Ward in brooklyn.
    Start here for info

    then click over to 3rd ward to sign up.

    I’d be happy to see you there!

  5. prodmod Says:

    by the way the hoops I make are not Black they are made with translucent white tubing which is how the expensive ones are made at Psihoop.com and Superhoop.org.
    The LEDs shine through the diffused white plastic.

    You can see it in action here,

  6. Alan Parekh Says:

    Looks great prodmod

  7. prodmod Says:

    I now have a rechargeable upgrade kit available for the LED hula hoop
    Lasts 6 hours and charges in only 1 hour!!

  8. Stephanie Urrata Says:

    How do you mount the leds on the inside of the tube? i know how to make them on the outside i just dont get how to make them on the inside and keep them from not moving around.

  9. prodmod Says:

    you can see all instructions on my site.

  10. Michael Says:

    Where can I Find 1″ Polyethylene tubing 150 Ft. in length

  11. prodmod Says:

    they are sold in 100ft rolls and can be purchased from USplastics.com

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