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Backup lights wired to two switches

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by CO_Tacoma, Jun 1, 2017.

  1. Jun 1, 2017 at 8:35 AM
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    I have zero experience in lighting/electrical, so sorry if this is a stupid question. I ordered some flood lights to mount on my topper roof bars facing backwards. I want to use these for camp lights but also thought it would be nice to be able to flip them on when hooking up a trailer in the dark or just backing up. Is it possible to wire these two lights to two switches, one in the bed and one in the cab? I want both lights activated together, but don't want to always have to get out of the truck to turn them on. Thanks in advance for any help.
     
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    just make sure the light switches can take the usual current load of a 12v system

    this should do it
    https://www.amazon.com/Automotive-Round-Rocker-Switch-Center/dp/B001TQMU5C


    maybe center off switches like I posted are not best, but
    you get the idea. any switch that can do the picture below



    two SPDT switches and wire it like

    [​IMG]
     
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    forget the neutral wire that is for AC and does not apply

    just follow HOT and GROUND.

    in the picture I posted black is hot orange is ground, that is all you need to wire.
     
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  8. Jun 1, 2017 at 11:12 AM
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    Cool, thanks for your help! Like I mentioned, I'm lost with all this stuff.
     
  9. Jun 1, 2017 at 11:14 AM
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    another way to look at it


    [​IMG]
     
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