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Old 06-13-2013, 03:24 PM   #1
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Wiring 4 driving lights

I just bought four 6 inch driving lights from harbor freight(on sale for $9.99 each--part #95811) and they each came in they're own package so they are separate lights. Since they came like that I was wondering if I needed to run each light off its own relay or if I could run multipul lights from one relay. Is that safe?
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I just bought four 6 inch driving lights from harbor freight(on sale for $9.99 each--part #95811) and they each came in they're own package so they are separate lights. Since they came like that I was wondering if I needed to run each light off its own relay or if I could run multipul lights from one relay. Is that safe?
Any pics of the lights?
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Still in the box. They have a 6inch pig tail with a positive and a ground and that's all I got in the box
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Do you need a picture of it out of the box?
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I'd go two to a relay, like this.
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I would run 2 relays (1 for each set) and if you want have 1 switch controll them both
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I just bought four 6 inch driving lights from harbor freight(on sale for $9.99 each--part #95811) and they each came in they're own package so they are separate lights. Since they came like that I was wondering if I needed to run each light off its own relay or if I could run multipul lights from one relay. Is that safe?
It's perfectly safe to run all 4 lights to a single relay. Total draw from all 4 lights is about 18.5A, most automotive relays are either 30 or 40A. The problem is, as mentioned above, if you wire all 4 to one relay, they're either all on or all off since they have to be controlled by one switch. I have 4 lights mounted to a light bar also but have 2 switches and 2 relays so I can control the inner pair separate from the outter pair.
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Those are s&w great response and ideas. I'll go with the 2 relays so I can control each pair of lights independent of each other like mentioned. Thanks for the help! I'm in the process of finding or building a light bar for them, can anyone help with this?
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I would really like to build one but I'm having a hard time finding a mounting point behind the bumper
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You won't need an indicator light if the switch has one built in as most do now.
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You won't need an indicator light if the switch has one built in as most do now.
Sorry, should have mentioned that. The image I posted wasn't my drawing, just the first thing that came up on google.
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It's a really good map for wiring lights, thanks for the post
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If you search the junk yards you can find everything you need for the wiring. I found a couple PIAA kits that are complete from switch to lights. Only about $10 or so for the wiring w/ relay.
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Those are s&w great response and ideas. I'll go with the 2 relays so I can control each pair of lights independent of each other like mentioned. Thanks for the help! I'm in the process of finding or building a light bar for them, can anyone help with this?
I really like my NFab light bar
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Finished the install today. Used two relays to switch the inside and outside independent. The girlfriends thinks it looks dumb. What do you guys think?
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Sorry. Forgot to hit upload
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I still have aiming and tightening the lights down all the way to do. Saving that for another day though
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