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Accessory lighting advice for 2004 Tacoma

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by munkel, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Oct 12, 2011 at 1:38 PM
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    munkel

    munkel [OP] fka unregistered lurker...

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    Mike
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    2004 Dbl Cab V6 4WD Tacoma
    Icon Suspension, 285/75/16 BFG MT's, Steeeckers, Custom Bed Mounted Tool Storage, Wilderness Trail rack, SoftTopper, K&N CAI, Hella Aux lights, PIAA Fogs, Warn M8000, Elite Front Bumper, BAMF sliders, All-Pro leafs and shackles
    I am putting a rack on my canopy and installing 2 Hella 70mm lights facing towards the back for back up lights. I intend on having them turn on when the truck is in reverse and when I flip a switch on the dash.

    I also want to put two more on the front of the canopy rack, one facing each way that can be independently turned on for lighting on the sides for work/setting up camp etc. Again this will require two more switches in the dash.

    Lastly I want to install two lights behind the mesh grill I have, maybe Hella FF500's. Add one more switch for this. Hopefully I can use them for driving lights when aimed properly. My headlights are horrible during the winter, even with HID dropins. Maybe fogs would be better, thoughts?

    The switches I plan on getting are the carling ones from here. I would like to mount them with a plate like this from Dirty Parts.

    OK, so here is the questions:

    The 70mm lights don't come with switches, wiring or relays. Other than the switches which I have picked what do I need? What's the best gauge wire for this project? I would prefer to be able to turn on the lights even when the key is not in the truck.

    Do I need an accessory fuse panel/block for all this?

    Any thoughts on using the FF500's in the city for driving at night? Especially in the winter my headlights don't cut it. I do not want to blind other drivers though. Maybe fogs would be a better idea for city driving?

    Any other thoughts as to different switch mounts or suggestions to make this work smoother?

    Thanks in advance,

    Mike (electrical noob)
     
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