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8/12/15 1:00pm - Original Message: 'Wiring led light bar help'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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OK so as far as I'm concerned electrical stuff is magic.  That being said I can follow directions with the best of 'em.

I have an LED light bar I want to install on my truck...don't laugh, the new place, in AZ, is 10 miles to the nearest paved road and farther to the nearest light.  All that came with it are the brackets.  Two wire harness is needed as it has a one black and one red wire. I would like to hook it up to the battery direct(actually just to a constant hot) with switch.  What do I need for this? A relay with a switch? A magician or warlock?  Pretend that your talking to a complete idiot because, basically you are.

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I was told I could order this:


Is there something I could buy at one of the local bix box parts places like autozone, pepboys or advanced auto?


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8/12/15 3:32pm - Reply: 'Re: Wiring led light bar help'
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Simple and easy.  Run the black connector to any ground.  This could be the battery negative, a bolt or screw to any grounded metal.

Next attach a inline fuse to the positive battery connection, and run the wire from the fuse to a switch.  The wire from the switch goes to the red connector on the lights.
 
Done.
 
Just be sure to use a wire as heavy/thick/same gauge as the one on the light bar or use a larger wire.  Not smaller.  Look as see what the amperage is for the lights.  It should be on the package or in the info somewhere.   Be sure the fuse is a bit larger that that, and the switch will operate at that same amount or more.
 
If the fuse is too big, it won't protect the wireing.  If it is too small it will pop and you have no lights.  The amp rating of the lights should be no more than 80% of the fuse rating. Use a bigger fuse.  Using a fuse with twice the rating of the lights is too big.  Go inbetween.


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8/12/15 4:35pm - Reply: 'Re: Wiring led light bar help'
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Thank you sir! Easy as pie!!

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8/12/15 5:12pm - Reply: 'Re: Wiring led light bar help'
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Here's real candle power with no wires!
 
 
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8/12/15 6:06pm - Reply: 'Re: Wiring led light bar help'
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8/12/15 7:32pm - Reply: 'Re: Wiring led light bar help'
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Awe, I was going to suggest just running some old thin speaker wire I have laying around. No fuse, just run the wire next to the exhaust manifold and directly to the battery. That would eventually light up some excitement in your life. LOLLOLLOL

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8/12/15 9:13pm - Reply: 'Re: Wiring led light bar help'
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8/13/15 12:10am - Reply: 'Re: Wiring led light bar help'
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Hey Sarge, if you use bigger wire there are more spectacular fireworks when it melts through on the manifold! SHOW TIME!!!!

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8/13/15 5:13am - Reply: 'Re: Wiring led light bar help'
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kstyer said: Hey Sarge, if you use bigger wire there are more spectacular fireworks when it melts through on the manifold! SHOW TIME!!!!

Lmao! I really like that idea Ken. Thumbs Up
Hey Dave, stop down at the shop I'll get you hooked up. Free of charge!
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8/13/15 7:53am - Reply: 'Re: Wiring led light bar help'
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8/13/15 9:52am - Reply: 'Re: Wiring led light bar help'
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Not a problem, truck has fire insurance.

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8/17/15 3:14pm - Reply: 'Re: Wiring led light bar help'
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All set, almost as bright of the sun.

Thanks all


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8/17/15 3:34pm - Reply: 'Re: Wiring led light bar help'
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That would be  escape from NY 

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8/17/15 4:22pm - Reply: 'Re: Wiring led light bar help'
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cingraham said: That would be  escape from NY 

We have a winner!  Smile



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