Ben Schwartz
Published © GPL3+

Arduino-Powered E-Skateboard Lighting

Using Teensy (small Arduino) to power NeoPixels off of an electric skateboard battery.

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Arduino-Powered E-Skateboard Lighting

Things used in this project

Hardware components

Buck Converter
Arduino UNO
Arduino UNO
USB-A to B Cable
USB-A to B Cable
Micro-USB to USB Cable (Generic)
Micro-USB to USB Cable (Generic)
XT60 Connectors & Heat Shrink
Male/Male Jumper Wires
Teensy USB 3.2 Development Board
Teensy USB 3.2 Development Board

Software apps and online services

Arduino IDE
Arduino IDE
Arduino Web Editor
Arduino Web Editor

Hand tools and fabrication machines

Soldering iron (generic)
Soldering iron (generic)
Hot glue gun (generic)
Hot glue gun (generic)


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Custom parts and enclosures

Teensy 3.2 Enclosure

Enclosure for Teensy 3.2


Teensy 3.2 to Neopixel Wiring

Teensy 3.2 to Neopixel Wiring


Neopixel Control

Use to make different patterns and change colors of Neopixels
#include <Adafruit_NeoPixel.h> //Make sure to include the Adafruit library in order to enable controlling of the Neopixels
#ifdef __AVR__
  #include <avr/power.h>

#define PIN            12 //This is where the data line of your Neopixels will connect to. It can be any number pin really, I just chose 12.

#define NUMPIXELS      21 //This is where we determine the number of pixels. I am only using 21 for each strip on the actual skateboard, so that's what I chose.
#define STRING_LENGTH0   21 //If you want to be able to control individual pixels in a "moving" string of neopixels, making different stringlengths from the maximum down to 1 is important.
#define STRING_LENGTH   20
#define STRING_LENGTH2   19
#define STRING_LENGTH3   18
#define STRING_LENGTH4   17
#define STRING_LENGTH5   16
#define STRING_LENGTH6   15
#define STRING_LENGTH7   14
#define STRING_LENGTH8   13
#define STRING_LENGTH9  12
#define STRING_LENGTH10  10
#define STRING_LENGTH11  9
#define STRING_LENGTH12  8
#define STRING_LENGTH13  7
#define STRING_LENGTH14  6
#define STRING_LENGTH15  5
#define STRING_LENGTH16  4
#define STRING_LENGTH17  3
#define STRING_LENGTH18  2
#define STRING_LENGTH19  1

Adafruit_NeoPixel pixels = Adafruit_NeoPixel(NUMPIXELS, PIN, NEO_GRB + NEO_KHZ800);

int delayval = 5000/100; //100 = 1 second, and this will control how "fast" your string of Neopixels "moves"

void setup() {


void loop() {

  int i=0;
  while(true) {

    // pixels.Color takes RGB values, from 0,0,0 up to 255,255,255
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH, pixels.Color(255,0,0));    
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH2, pixels.Color(240,0,0));  
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH3, pixels.Color(250,110,0));   
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH4, pixels.Color(255,165,0));
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH5, pixels.Color(255,190,0));
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH6, pixels.Color(255,220,0));
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH7, pixels.Color(255,255,0));
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH8, pixels.Color(150,210,0));
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH9, pixels.Color(90,170,0));
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH10, pixels.Color(0,128,0));
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH11, pixels.Color(0,70,90));
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH12, pixels.Color(0,30,175));
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH13, pixels.Color(0,0,255));
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH14, pixels.Color(25,0,200));
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH15, pixels.Color(50,0,170));
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH16, pixels.Color(75,0,120));
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH17, pixels.Color(130,40,160));
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH18, pixels.Color(190,85,100));
    pixels.setPixelColor(i-STRING_LENGTH19, pixels.Color(238,20,20));
; // This sends the updated pixel color to the hardware.

    i = (i+1) % (NUMPIXELS + STRING_LENGTH);



Ben Schwartz

Ben Schwartz

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Thanks to Alex Glow.