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24v lighting wiring questions

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by ARC, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Feb 7, 2011 at 5:17 AM
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    ARC

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    I was able to get my hands on a set of free flood lights, yay. As my dad always told me nothing is ever free, and now I have no Idea of how to wire these into my truck. Any ideas on how I can get the need 24v to run my behind the grill lights?
     
  2. Feb 7, 2011 at 5:27 AM
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    It's going to be pretty expensive to do that. You'll need a transformer or power supply that will convert 12vdc to 24vdc and have enough AMP output to support the lights. Therein lies the problem. The higher the AMP output, the more the $$$ and usually bigger the PS is.
     
  3. Feb 7, 2011 at 5:34 AM
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    So dad was right nothing is free. Thanks for the insight.
     
  4. Feb 7, 2011 at 5:36 AM
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    ummm yeah
    never seen anyone do that on here.....or anywhere for that matter
     
  5. Feb 7, 2011 at 5:45 AM
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    LOL, judging by the OP's location and the light voltage, they are MilSpec lights.
     
  6. Feb 7, 2011 at 5:47 AM
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    Or you can just add a battery and wire it in series to the original one, then hook your lights to the new battery and leave all the original stuff hooked to the original battery. But it still wont be very cheap because battery wire is expensive.
     
  7. Feb 7, 2011 at 5:48 AM
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    Good option, just have fun trying to stuff another battery in there.
     
  8. Feb 7, 2011 at 6:21 AM
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    Yea, if I was to do it that way I would fab up a battery tray and mount the extra on the outside of the frame under the bed. But that is where the cost comes in because I have priced enough battery cable to do this and it is nowhere near cheap.
     
  9. Feb 7, 2011 at 10:19 AM
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    Thanks for the options. It's as I expected there is no easy/cheap answer.
     
  10. Feb 7, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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    Yea, if I was you I would just try to sell those and buy some good 12v lights.
    There is no need in going through all that trouble just for a couple of lights imho.
     
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    don't forget that if you wire up another battery in series you will probable need to beef up your alternator...For what everything would cost to get them in there, you can get a solid pair of 12+ lights.
     
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    Hey, I'm an engineer. I can solve any problem. Fast, Cheap and Good. Pick two.
     
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    Gotta go cheap and good on that one:cool:
     
  16. Feb 8, 2011 at 4:51 AM
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    Quick question: Do the lights have replacable bulbs? If the do, stick 12V bulbs in there.
     
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    They are LED
     
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