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help in the fuse box department...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by BlueTaco07, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. Jun 10, 2011 at 3:55 PM
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    Okay im young so dont laugh but I have two led interior lights im installing today. both led strips has a positive and negative, so I joined both posi's and both negatives and now i have connected speaker wire to each and ran it to the fuse box. How do I connect to a fuse box???
     
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    First ditch the speaker wire. It is speaker wire meant for speakers. Yes speaker wire carries electrical signals but it still isn't electrical wire.

    Second. Are you going to add some kind of switch?
     
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    Yah fletch aka's suggestion is good, I would use that (it adds a circuit in parallel to whatever fuse you plug into) and pass it through the grommet in the firewall with the rest of the wiring harness to get into the cab.

    Your wiring would be:

    + (hot) "littelfuse" -> through firewall into cab -> led strip 1 -> led strip 2 -> ground somewhere in the cab.

    Just be cautious that the wiring behind whatever fuse you tap into is going to take the load of both circuits. Depending on the current requirements of your led strip it may/may not be an issue.
     
  5. Jun 10, 2011 at 4:52 PM
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    oh.. haha and yah like whippersnapper02 said you would probably want to pass it through a switch or relay so you can turn it on/off. Easiest location in my opinion would be left kick panel or close to it.
     
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    Depending on location, people often wire aux lights to the dash light circuit.
     
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    will speaker wire effect anything?
     
  8. Jun 10, 2011 at 8:23 PM
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    It might not be designed to carry much current. It depends on how much current your LED strips draw.
     
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