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Old 12-21-2010, 02:04 PM   #1
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how to wire extra lights?

I want to do a mod to my taco and add some lights to the lower part of the bumper; however, I really don't know how I would get power to them.

How does everyone here generally wire auxiliary lights? Also, do you just run the ground wire for a switch or what?

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Old 12-21-2010, 02:09 PM   #2
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I want to do a mod to my taco and add some lights to the lower part of the bumper; however, I really don't know how I would get power to them.

How does everyone here generally wire auxiliary lights? Also, do you just run the ground wire for a switch or what?

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Wire from your battery to a switch, wire from switch to light, light to ground. If the switch has a built in light the switch will need a 3rd wire going to ground.
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:13 PM   #3
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Its best to use a relay.

edit: which isn't much different than what rmb crew said.

A relay has four prongs: constant hot, switched hot, ground, lights.
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Alright, thanks.

Do you put a ring terminal on the battery and go from there, or is there some other way of connecting to the battery?
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Yea just hook it to the battery terminal somehow.
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x2 use a relay
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ut a ring terminal on the battery with an in line fuse...run power to relay, ground to relay, out from relay to lights and 1 wire from switch or headlight to relay
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SImple schematic.

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http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2062255

Is this the right size of fuse holder, or will I need something smaller?
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http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2062255

Is this the right size of fuse holder, or will I need something smaller?
more like this
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=3150583
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Thanks, one final thing...

I just want to have the switch mounted in the panel under the radio, how would I wire that, not including the main light switch?
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Thanks, one final thing...

I just want to have the switch mounted in the panel under the radio, how would I wire that, not including the main light switch?
you mean u want the new light just to work on the switch your mounting under radio???
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yeah thats it
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:05 PM   #15
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Did you already buy your lights? Othewise just buy a kit that comes with the wiring harness and relay.
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take your power from the acc box "under driver seat" run a power wire like 16/18 gauge to switch then run another wire from switch to relay......run a 12 gauge wire "depending on what wattage your running" from the battery to inline fuse then to relay...a ground to relay...and last a wire from relay to lights..
sounds like alot but its nothing $20 bucks from radioshack and your set
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Here's a link to PIAA's wiring diagram for their 510 series...

http://www.piaa.com/Lamps/install/510.pdf

I run their 520 series. Here's that diagram...

http://www.piaa.com/Lamps/install/520.pdf

I just ran the switch power directly off the engine fuse box by crimping on a blade connector, and hooking onto one of the open blade connections (there are several).
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