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just have a wire coming off the brights fused with a 3amp fuse going into the relay. it has a switch on it so i can choose wether or not the brights bring them on. then i have a switch next to it that turns them on normally
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just have a wire coming off the brights fused with a 3amp fuse going into the relay. it has a switch on it so i can choose wether or not the brights bring them on. then i have a switch next to it that turns them on normally
I didn't relay my lights. they're single wired. i think i might be able to just splice in a couple connectors so that the wires have power with brights AND by switch. only thing would be that they always come on with the brights.
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i always relay mine. otherwise you burn out switches and such and i dont think it would be good to draw all that from the brights. i just draw enough to turn the relay on(3amps) then they get their power from somewhere else.
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The first set of fog lights I installed, (back in the early 90's) I didn't use a relay. One night coming home from work, the switch started smoking & melted into a nice black/red blob.
Luckily nothing caught fire or shorted out, but ever since then... I use fuses & relays on everything.
You can run the fogs from the highs, lows, parking lights, whatever you want as long as they're wired properly.
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The first set of fog lights I installed, (back in the early 90's) I didn't use a relay. One night coming home from work, the switch started smoking & melted into a nice black/red blob.
Luckily nothing caught fire or shorted out, but ever since then... I use fuses & relays on everything.
You can run the fogs from the highs, lows, parking lights, whatever you want as long as they're wired properly.

I used to wire lights that way back then, but I always used 110v toggle switches from the hardware store. They didn't even get warm really. Not like the automotive variety.

Not anymore.. Relays..



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Thanks for all of the help. After studying the diagram posted i got it figured out. We should be all lit up today!
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Try this one…



Also the write up just in case you missed it: https://www.ranger-forums.com/f59/au...-light-105901/

Note: Watch pin “87A”, if you have one it will be live when the lights are off. Could use if for something but cover it up w/heat shrink if not using it.

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i always relay mine. otherwise you burn out switches and such and i dont think it would be good to draw all that from the brights. i just draw enough to turn the relay on(3amps) then they get their power from somewhere else.
I have Trailer wire coming from each light to the cab, and my hot is a 12 gauge wire that i have a large 4 way terminal on there that splits to 4 wires thru a 10 amp fuse for each wire. with a brass 10 amp switch. never had wires get hot or switches or anything. as for the fogs, OEM wiring, but i took a jumper so that they grab power from park lights, instead of headlights, and they don't shut off on brights.
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I'm an electrical novice (no experience what-so-ever) and I managed to wire up two sets of fogs and reverse lights. I used the diagram above and this one:


Here is my switch setup:


I'm not very happy with it but it works. I am either going to add switched to my bezel or put them on my OHC.
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relays have different ratings just like fuses......
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How did the lighting work out… or should I say the wiring ?


STXD…R...,
Always use Relays, keeps higher amperage out of the cab.
What wattage Fogs lights are you using with the OEM Wiring ?
Ford didn’t add anything extra so watch the wattage, 35W’s is almost the max wattage for the circuit.


Master93…,
You need a power strip near the center console.
FX4 Shifter, now the boot, there are still some leather ones out there.

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New question, where the heck is the the access point to get the wires into cab?
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New question, where the heck is the the access point to get the wires into cab?
Just about anywhere you want.

Check out the firewall in an area where you want the wires to go through.
There is always a rubber seal or other wires passing through.

If you drill a hole use a grommet and keep it small as needed.

On the firewall near the driver;s side there are a few rubber plugs that can be pierced to allow a wire or two to pass through.

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i havent had time to wire on my new lights yet im still only running my 2 on the front been to busy with work and fixing other peoples cars to work on my own
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