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Old 08-03-2004
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I just got two 100W offroadlights to mount on some light tabs i got, but i have a question on how you wired yours..

Did you wire it so that only when your headlights are on you can turn on the other lights, or

Right from the battery, so that they can be turned on/off independendly from the headligths, or

Somehow from the fuse box, useing the stock fusebox, but also independend from the headligths.

I know how i would wire the first two scenarios, but do not know how to wire the third, so if you wired your lights like the third could you please explain how you did?

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I personally preferred wiring them completely separate from my headlights. I have mine wired up to a switch mounted on my dash, connected directly from the battery. I like having control over those lights, especially since they're illegal to drive with on the road, and I'd rather just blind someone with my high beams than my Daylighters and high beams.
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well when my dad wired mine, he wired them to the fog lights so that way i didnt have to install the little button...
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Old 08-04-2004
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use a switch...

most ford factory stuff is not meant for so much stuff going through them...
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Oh, alright thanks, Is there another way to get power from the battery, but not have to wire directly to the battery? Like i saw Christian got power for his 12v outlet from the fuse box. ? could i do that for the ligths? I just don't really want to have to have to connect directly to the battery, i know that i can get the negative from the grounded frame. here i'll draw a picture in a sec.
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Power for the lights? Not that I'm aware of. If you tap into any of the exisiting wiring in the vehicle, you run the risk of overloading the wires. 100w lights might not be too bad, but I run 150w lights, so it's not worth the risk to me.

Plus, most kids now use a relay. The power for the switch (if it's lighted) can all be done in cab. The relay kicks over and turns the lights on which are directly connected to the battery.

And, if I may ask, why don't you want to connect directly to the battery? I'm curious, is all.
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yes you can add to the fuse box. i used a male type connector and trimmed it up a little, attached the wire to it and then found a constant empty spot in the fuse box. run the wire to a fuse holder and add a fuse in it ( i used a 20A)
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Plus, most kids now use a relay. The power for the switch (if it's lighted) can all be done in cab. The relay kicks over and turns the lights on which are directly connected to the battery.

And, if I may ask, why don't you want to connect directly to the battery? I'm curious, is all.
Yes, i am planing on using a relay, Here is the picture i drew of how i am going to wire it i think.



Oh, and i don't really want to connect directly to the battery, b/c i'm crazy like that, haha no i just think it would look funny, i know nobody else will see it, but i dunno.. hmm.

Christian some how used power from the fuse box.


http://www.rangerpowersports.com/tec...l/12volt.shtml

do you think that would work for the lights also?

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yes you can add to the fuse box. i used a male type connector and trimmed it up a little, attached the wire to it and then found a constant empty spot in the fuse box. run the wire to a fuse holder and add a fuse in it ( i used a 20A)
Cool, that's what i am going to try to do (putting a fuse in the fuse box, instead of using an inline)., do you have pictures of how you did it, or installed by any Chance?
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if i can i will take pics tomm so that you can see how i did it. i wanted to actually add a wire to the back of the fuse box on the inside, but i couldn't get the connector open enough to add a wire. that is why i did it the way i did and added the in-line fuse
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The diagram is exactly correct. The only thing I usually do is trigger the relay with the high or low beams. It jus prevents me from needing to push more buttons (I have more than enough as it is).
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