adding lights - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


General Technical & Electrical General technical and electrical discussion for the Ford Ranger that does not fit in any other sub-forum.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 01-15-2010
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Richmond Hill, Ontario
Posts: 222
adding lights

i'm just curious i would like to add some extra lights onto my back rack and i'm wondering about the wiring seeing how i have yet to find a method to runa switch into the cabin so i'm wondering all the lights are 100 watt, so is it possible to just splice 2 100 watt's into the reverse lights directly or not and would it be possible to splice 2 100 watt's into the high beams.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-15-2010
TrePaul86's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Gresham, OR
Posts: 1,369
I posted a thread showing my lights... Check it out and if you're interested I can tell you how it's wired... But don't splice 100w more into your existing high beam circuit. The wires weren't meant to handle it. If you do, relay it.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-15-2010
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Richmond Hill, Ontario
Posts: 222
my problem with adding lights was that i couldn't find a way to run a switch into the cab i couldn't find any hole through the firewall so i then decided i wanted to splice my bigger lights into the reverse light line and the new front lamps into the high beams could you recommend another method and i'm extremely dumb when it comes to electrical so i have no idea how or were to put a relay.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-15-2010
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Okeechobee,FL / Singapore
Posts: 563
I'm sure Jp7 or the other electrical guru's will chime in shortly, but like was mentioned do not put 100watt lights on the factory harness, It will burn the insulation and cause all kinds of fun stuff to fry. Relay's are great. https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...=wiring+relays
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-16-2010
TrePaul86's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Gresham, OR
Posts: 1,369
Follow that guide. Relay's are sure proof. Just please don't wire up the lights directly into the factory wiring. The wiring was never meant to handle extra current draw. Relays will save you time, and your truck (from catching fire).
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-26-2010
Scrambler82's Avatar
Old Guy Userů ltr
iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,769
Quote:
Originally Posted by dracowing14 View Post
i'm just curious i would like to add some extra lights onto my back rack and i'm wondering about the wiring seeing how i have yet to find a method to runa switch into the cabin
Not sure if you got this done ?
The cleanest way to run the power/ground to these lights is under the truck to the engine bay.
Use a relay close to the battery and a fused line from the battery to the relay.
Run a ground wire too, the same gauge wire as the power, twist the red and blk together.
You are talking 16 amps so 14-ga wire will work but use a good quality 12-ga, just do not use house-hold type wire, it has to be stranded and if possible fine strands.
After the relay and light wiring are installed all that is left is one small gauge wire (18 or 20 ga) to be run in the cab to a switch and on to a circuit in the Circuit Panel, use a small amperage fuse in this line too.

Quote:
Originally Posted by dracowing14 View Post
So i'm wondering all the lights are 100 watt, so is it possible to just splice 2 100 watt's into the reverse lights directly
Not directly but if you run the power and ground wires as above you can run the relay switch wire to the Reverse Light switch if you wanted to instead of the dash switch OR there is a way to have auto and manual light operation but it would take more wiring.

Quote:
Originally Posted by dracowing14 View Post
Would it be possible to splice 2 100 watt's into the high beams.
Same as above but run the relay switch wire to the high beam wire instead of the Reverse Lights.


In the long run there is only one small gauge wire needed to be run in the cab from pin 86 on the Relay.
The main power would never enter the cab.
The only area of concern on the main wires from the battery/relay to the lights would be keeping the wire out of harms-way and running the wire between the Cab and Bed, it would need a little protection from chaffing.

Of course if you are none with this project then all of my writing is for not.

Luck no matter…
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
? about adding lights 04_xlt_4.0_4x4 General Technical & Electrical 7 10-15-2009 10:41 PM
adding OEM fog lights to 1999 Ford Ranger 2WD USMCWHITENER Exterior Semi-Tech 4 11-08-2008 10:10 PM
Adding aux reverse lights....wire colors, relays... Fx4wannabe01 General Technical & Electrical 11 03-12-2008 10:48 PM
Adding Driving Lights... jtslmn720 General Technical & Electrical 11 05-28-2006 06:12 PM
Adding more lights to front end HighRollerII New Ideas 18 12-10-2005 09:17 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:15 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.