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Wiring a switch onto my Remote Wire

Hey all,

I want to wire in a switch to turn my amp on and off. I did a search and found that I need to wire my switch in to my remote wire.

I'm not at home so I can't check. I've got a rocker switch with an LED, it has 3 prongs. How do I do this? (Yes, I am a newb at wiring stuff :( )

I think one prong is ground, and then I cut the remote wire and connect one end to the section that leads to the head unit and the other wire goes to the amp?

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I'm pretty sure you don't need to ground that switch. Just cut the remote wire, put one side on one prong and do the same for the other side. Then find a way to mount your switch.
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Yea you shouldn't need that middle ground since the headunit and amp both are grounded. Finding a place to mount and re-hide the wires is most of the work involved.
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the ground would be to illuminate the light on the switch.
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So what do I connect to the third prong to light up the LED?

Also, I was thinking of putting it where the cigarette lighter goes (I don't smoke) and then I wouldn't have to cut anything or run a wire to a strange spot.
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you have three connects, power, ground, and feed. one is power in, the other is power out to the device, and the third is a ground that will finish the circuit to illuminate the bulb. it will get it's power from the power out side when the switch it turned on.
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^ what he said... should take you all of 10 seconds to cut, crimp and install... You don't need the ground unless you want the switch to light up...
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So if I want the LED to light up when the switch is on, I connect the power out wire to the ground and the power out prong?
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No. Take your remote wire , cut it and add the terminal crimps or spades whatever you are using, look for the 12 v label and attach the wire from the radio side. The other wire you just made goes to the side with the label that would be out or to accessory. The ground wire would go to the one with the "arrow " pointing down. Or it will be labeled with G.
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so once the switch is grounded the LED will light up?

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only with it in the on position... for what you are doing with it, I wouldn't use the illuminated portion...
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Okay, thanks for the help guys.
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the ground is for the led on the rocker switch
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I decided that the LED was a distraction, so I took the ground off. Switch works perfectly. I took out the cigarette lighter, and put the switch in its place.

PS: Installing the amp and sub went perfectly.
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