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Old 08-20-2011, 01:18 AM   #1
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bed fuse block wiring, blue sea choices?

Hi all, so i'm looking to do some lighting projects in the bed... Thinking I want to run from the battery to a fuse block so I have constant power for the cap dome light and a some led strips under the rails (maybe a 12v outlet too). now, i'm definitely a newbie when it comes to electrical wiring, but I'm planning on running straight from the battery to the fuse block. Am I correct to assume I need to run both (+) and (-) to the power/fuse block?? then I can wire in the lights as needed, grounding each component to the frame as necessary? Also, I've seen a lot of guys install these next to the battery, is there any inherent problems running it the power the length of the truck to a fuse panel in the bed?

was thinking of going with a blue seas fuse panel. Can some explain to me what advantage of the units with the negative bus are (first pic) vs one w/o the negative bus (second pic)? Sorry if these are stupid questions, just want to be informed so I do this safely and correctly the first time! TIA for any input...



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OK, I think I get it... I'm planning on running 10 AWG to the block from the battery, then will run a similar ground from the fuse block to the frame.. now I can just attach my grounds directly to the block, which should be a neater way to run it... I don't plan on a ton of things through it, just my cap dome light, a 12v oulet, and maybe some led light strips in the bed...
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You don't need to run a neg. lead all the way from the battery to the fuse block, just run the fuse block neg. with a short piece of wire and ground to the frame
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