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Off Road Light Wiring Question

OK, I understand about wiring and the need for relays, etc.
My question is:
I'm going to be wiring 4 Off-road lights on the front of my truck, should I just use 1 switch in-cab to switch all four, or 2 switches so I can have a 2+2 system?
What have you guys done, and do you like the results?
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1 switch. much easier on the wiring and i cant think of a reason to only have 2 of the 4 on. its either none or all if they are all facing the same direction (forward)
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I did mine with 2 switches. I did the outside to on my lightbar on one switch then the indside switch on another switch. Then I also have another switch that works my front 2 lights on my bumper.
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2 lights per switch. Thats how I always do it.

And wiring to switches isn't hard at all. Best part is you can use the same ground wire on the switch.

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Mine is too lights per switch with four lights. It is wired with relays as well and my trigger wire for the relays is a ground so the switch are not 'hot'.

Edit: No real reason for the ground trigger. I just did it that way.
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Depending on the wattage of the lights I would do 2 lights per relay and have the switch trigger both relays.
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OK, so my choices are:

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I'm leaning towards the 2+2 system
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OK, so my choices are:



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I'm leaning towards the 2+2 system
You didn't link the images correctly

do it like this though

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Yeah, I fixed it ...
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There really is no difference in the 2 diagrams, the one I showed is just a little easier to wire up.
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I have 2 130W, and 4 55W lights on one switch. they all point forward and even one would be too bright for traffic so if i ever want them on i would want all of them. i still dont see why people use 2 switches. why would you only want 2 of the 4 on?
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There is a slight difference in the diagrams, the first one has 2 switches and the second has 1 ... but you guys are right, If I'm gonna have them on, ALL of them would be on, so I guess 1 switch would be best.
'Course In a couple of years, I'm gonna add a bed lightbar and have 4 over the roof too, so then I would add a second switch for those 4.
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In both diagrams it says the highbeam is the switch, not an actual switch.
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'Course In a couple of years, I'm gonna add a bed lightbar and have 4 over the roof too, so then I would add a second switch for those 4.
I have 8 lights with 4 switches. Four lights on the grill guard ( 2 switches) and 4 lights on a light bar (2 switches). 2 of the lights on the gril guard are fog lights so I use them when I drive. Plus I light being able to switch which lights I have on.
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I really don't know why I like having two switches, but I do. Sometimes I like to just run my outer two when in a trail. They light up the tree line. It isn't anymore work two wire up two and it is nice to have a selection. Why not?
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I'm running mine 2x2, no relay, just some heavy gauge wire and heavy duty switches. Relays **** me off.
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In both diagrams it says the highbeam is the switch, not an actual switch.
I tried to show that 12v is being supplied from the high beam switch to the switches I will be adding, so the offroad lights will only work with the high beams turned on.

OK, next question: Where did you locate your switches (pic if you have them)
I'm thinking about the space beside the headlight switch.
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