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Old 09-08-2006
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I need help from the electronically savvy!!

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I want to hook two of these 10" neons up in my truck. The problem I have is the plug to plug them into the cigarette lighter. Is there a way that I can cut the plugs of each of them, wire them together, then wire them to a 12v rocker like so:

AND if this is all possible, I wanted to know if I could run 2 neons simply off the 12 volts from the cigarette lighter (I have no use for it, seeing as I don't smoke so I'd like to put something useful there).

I looked at the How-To for this but I felt like it was kind of vague. If any of you guys could tell me how to do this, I would very much appreciate it! Thanks in advance!
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i have 2 like that hooked up in my truck. i cut off the cig part and hard wired them into the lights. so when i turn on my lights they turn on. you can do the same just run them to a switch instead. one is installed in the middle vents the other is installed under and behind the dash
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Is tieing into the light just as simple as cutting the wire and tieing another one into it and reconnecting it?
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Hopefully this helps you.

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If you cut the cigarette plugs off of the lights, you can ground the negitive wires, then connect the positive wires to the switch, ground the switch, and then connect the switch a 12v source.

Edit: BTW your 12v source can either be a wire running from your battery to the switch just make sure to add a fuse close to the battery. Or you could use the positve wire from your cigarette lighter.

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that's EXACTLY what i was looking for. thanks brett!
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well i went and hooked these bad boys up last night and they look pretty cool. i didn't take any pics of them last night but i'll try to get a few pics tonight when it's dark enough to see. this was my first time dealing with anything electrical so i wanted to say thanks to you guys for helping me out!!
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forgive my electrical inexperience, but how exactly do you connect wires to the switch? soldering... or crimping?

i have 0 electrical experience with wires.
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most switches have male connectors on the back and all you have to do is crimp a female connector to a piece of wire, and connect them.
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some switches found in hardware stores come with screws on the connectors where all you have to do is wrap the wire around the screw and tighten it down. I prefer that to soldering cause its reversible.

Be sure you have a fuse between the 12V source and your switch. Normally the connectors that plug into your cigarette lighter have a built in fuse, so make sure you have one of equal or greater strength in there.
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You can use scotch-locks or t-connectors to tap into the wires. That's what I generally use to connect to other wires
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most switches have male connectors on the back and all you have to do is crimp a female connector to a piece of wire, and connect them.
that's exactly how i did it. i have zero experience as well so i'm in the same boat as you Drayke. i just bought some female connecters and connected the wires to the switch. it wasn't a big project at all.. it just took longer than it should have because of my lack of experience haha.
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well here are some pics:
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i tried to take some pics of the neons at night but i don't have a tripod and i couldn't hold the camera steady enough to get a decent picture
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damn that looks real good.
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