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how to wire extra lights?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by jcremeans11, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. Dec 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM
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    jcremeans11

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    I want to do a mod to my taco and add some lights to the lower part of the bumper; however, I really don't know how I would get power to them.

    How does everyone here generally wire auxiliary lights? Also, do you just run the ground wire for a switch or what?

    Thanks
     
  2. Dec 21, 2010 at 2:09 PM
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    Wire from your battery to a switch, wire from switch to light, light to ground. If the switch has a built in light the switch will need a 3rd wire going to ground.
     
  3. Dec 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM
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    Its best to use a relay.

    edit: which isn't much different than what rmb crew said.

    A relay has four prongs: constant hot, switched hot, ground, lights.
     
  4. Dec 21, 2010 at 2:14 PM
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    Alright, thanks.

    Do you put a ring terminal on the battery and go from there, or is there some other way of connecting to the battery?
     
  5. Dec 21, 2010 at 2:29 PM
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    Yea just hook it to the battery terminal somehow.
     
  6. Dec 21, 2010 at 2:36 PM
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    x2 use a relay
     
  7. Dec 21, 2010 at 2:38 PM
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    [​IMG]ut a ring terminal on the battery with an in line fuse...run power to relay, ground to relay, out from relay to lights and 1 wire from switch or headlight to relay
     
  8. Dec 21, 2010 at 2:48 PM
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    SImple schematic.

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  9. Dec 21, 2010 at 3:27 PM
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    Thanks alot :D
     
  10. Dec 21, 2010 at 3:44 PM
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  13. Dec 21, 2010 at 3:55 PM
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    you mean u want the new light just to work on the switch your mounting under radio???
     
  14. Dec 21, 2010 at 4:03 PM
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    yeah thats it
     
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    Did you already buy your lights? Othewise just buy a kit that comes with the wiring harness and relay.
     
  16. Dec 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM
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    take your power from the acc box "under driver seat" run a power wire like 16/18 gauge to switch then run another wire from switch to relay......run a 12 gauge wire "depending on what wattage your running" from the battery to inline fuse then to relay...a ground to relay...and last a wire from relay to lights..
    sounds like alot but its nothing $20 bucks from radioshack and your set
     
  17. Dec 21, 2010 at 4:40 PM
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