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Hella 500f's won't turn off

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Gengle07, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. Gengle07

    Gengle07 [OP] Active Member

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    Charleston, SC
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    08 TRD Off-Road Rugged Trail 4x4
    Avid Offroad Light Bar OEM Roof Rack ARE Z-Series Shell
    I've searched numerous threads for this issue but most deal with not turning on do to poor ground or bad relay etc. I've wired my driving lights with a lighted switch and spliced into the parking lamps so they are only available when the main light switch is turned on. When I first installed them they worked flawlessly: turn main light switch (park or lowbeam), driving light switch lights up, toggle switch, Hellas illuminate. Now however, whenever I turn the main light switch, the Hellas come on whether its switch is toggled or not and wont turn off until the main/park lamps are off. If I tap the relay they will turn off but I've replaced this with a new Autozone relay and same thing. Any ideas? Is the current from the park lamps too low to throw the relay? Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. TMW

    TMW Well-Known Member

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    Light bar and bumper guard, 3/16 steel skid plates for engine, tranny and transfer box, OME 881 springs with 5100 shocks at mid clip. AAL in rear. Positraction rear diff.
    Maybe the lighted switch has a high resistance short in it. It might allow just enough current to keep the relay closed until you tap it. Pull the switch out and turn the lights on then off, if the lights stay on cut one of the wire to the switch. If the lights go out change the switch.
     
  3. Gengle07

    Gengle07 [OP] Active Member

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    Avid Offroad Light Bar OEM Roof Rack ARE Z-Series Shell
    Thanks I'll look into the possibility of a faulty switch.
     
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