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Old 11-27-2016, 08:44 AM
ShaneoUK ShaneoUK is offline
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Default A little wiring help required

Not sure this is do-able but...

With Xmas just around the corner, I'm getting some additional lighting from the missus and the rest of the family and I have an idea of how I'd like it all set up.

I'm getting a set of 4 Spots for my bed bar (to replace the crappy ones I have at the moment) an LED light bar for the gap in the front valance and 2 small LED flood/fogs for just under the valance.

Now I'd like to wire these to individual switches (which I know how to do) but I'd also like ALL of the lights to come on on another OFF ROAD switch

How would I go about doing that?

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Old 11-27-2016, 08:56 AM
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hook up 2 power wires for each light. one to each switch. you can probably put in a fuse box and run wires to each light and a single power wire out of that to the switch to power them all. you might want a 2ed opinion if thats the "pro" way to do it but i did that on a bunch of cars/trucks hooking up lights and speakers and never had an issue with it
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Old 11-27-2016, 09:43 AM
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Default Re: A little wiring help required

If I add an auxiliary fuse box, will I still need to/would it be advisable to run relays as well?

After you mentioned the fuse box method, I went and watched a bunch of YouTube videos and it seemed pretty straight forward but there were no mention of relays.
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:16 AM
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i dont think you really need one but putting one in wont hurt. i never used them. i think relays are just used to regulate different currents on the same circuit so nothing overloads. dont quote me on that though. i never really looked into this stuff i kinda just figured it out as i went along (trial and error) but without a relay i drove these cars for years without shorts or power issues so im sure my way works just fine, like i said though im sure theres a better professional way to do it
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:55 AM
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I think based on what you said you would like to do, I would run the power to the extra fuse box on a relay. A relay exists so you don't have to run heavy wire to the switch, and buy a switch that will handle that load. A relay to the new fuse box would give you your 'one switch to control them all' and then you could put switches or relays to the extra lights. Depends on the power requirements and if you want to string that wire into the cab. Main power for the new fuse box will of course be the largest requirement. So a definite relay there.
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Old 11-27-2016, 11:08 AM
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Default Re: A little wiring help required

Awesome.

My plan is to run 4 switches...
1- Front fog lights
2- LED light bar
3- SPOTS
4- All of them together (OFF ROAD)

Based on what you guys have said, I've managed to find a really cool little wiring diagram showing a relay in between the main power and aux fuse box, and then the process of wiring everything in.

I'm guessing for switch 4 (OfF ROAD) i can run piggy back live wires from the other 3 switches which will allow that switch to turn them all on...have I got that right?
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Old 11-27-2016, 11:14 AM
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Default Re: A little wiring help required

sounds like a pretty spot on plan
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Old 11-29-2016, 05:54 AM
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Awesome.

My plan is to run 4 switches...
1- Front fog lights
2- LED light bar
3- SPOTS
4- All of them together (OFF ROAD)

Based on what you guys have said, I've managed to find a really cool little wiring diagram showing a relay in between the main power and aux fuse box, and then the process of wiring everything in.

I'm guessing for switch 4 (OfF ROAD) i can run piggy back live wires from the other 3 switches which will allow that switch to turn them all on...have I got that right?
Or you could simply put a switch in line with the others, all of them. In effect, that switch would power all the others. Call it the off road switch and adjust which of the off road lights you want with the individual switches.
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Old 11-29-2016, 09:10 AM
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i figure best way i would do is put the power to the fuse box. then use that same power wire and put it to a switch to cut off power to the fuse box( with an inline fuse since its before the fuse box) and then run all the wires out of the fuse box to there own switchs. but thats my plan without the relay and he wants the relay. im not 100% how to wire a relay cuz i never bothered using them.
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Old 01-07-2017, 08:32 AM
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So, I've spent most of my Xmas holiday messing about with getting the wiring set up for my multiple light and multiple switches... and today I mocked up a working system to check everything was correct and it did what I wanted it to do.

To recap, I have 4 different sets of lights to go onto the truck, and I wanted each set to be controlled by it's own switch, plus a master switch to power all of them together.

So this is what I've done...

This is the Auxiliary fuse box with relays for each set of lights and a connector block for neatness.



These are the switches. The OFF ROAD switch is the master. Now I know there's only 3 switches here for the 4 sets of lights I mentioned. The other set are going to be wired into the high beams but also controlled by the master switch.



And this is the wiring for the switches on themselves.
The 3 individual lights switches all have a diode wired in so that they don't power all of the lights together...that's the job of the master switch...



And here's a little video of the system working. (excuse the messy table...it's the smallest kitchen table in the world and it's full of the wife's crap because she can't put anything away!)

As you'll see, each switch powers it's own light, and then the master switch powers them all together. If I didn't use the diodes, any one of the individual switches would power all of them.
(had to link because for some reason it wouldn't load like the images)

http://vid111.photobucket.com/albums...psd7pi7acd.mp4
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Old 05-06-2017, 11:28 AM
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So, following on from all of this, this is my set up on the front end of the truck. (I've still got a roof LED light bar to go on)

The small lights in the grille are additional high beam lights as the standard ones don't seem that much brighter unless i use the flash to pass function, which isn't practical.

The smaller ones under the bumper will be swapped out for slightly larger units and these Ines will go round the back for auxiliary reverse lights.



And this is the switch set up in the cab. Each set of lights have their own switch and the "Off Road" switch powers them all in together including the high beam lights.




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