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fried my mini light bar

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by dlcs, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,149

    I bought a hella mini light bar with a cigarette lighter plug. I wanted to convert it to a permanent wired light using the over head switch that comes with Chevy plow package. well I cut the plug off and wired it up with the hot and ground. left the white wire which is for the patern change unconnected. instructions say to advance the pattern in a permanent mount to just touch this wire yo ground. not sure what I did wrong. I tried hooking it back up to the cigarette lighter plug but I only get one lens to work. I think its
    toast but wanted to check.
     
  2. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 824

    pattern wire always gets activated using positive connection only what kind of bar is it ?? led rotator or strobe ?
     
  3. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,149

    its a hella/optilux led. the permanent mount instructions say to use the white wire to ground momentarily for pattern change. I didn't have that wire even hooked up. only thing I can think of is that Chevy made the green wire hot and black ground.
     
  4. Strobesnmore

    Strobesnmore Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    Many lights use ground to change the flash patterns. IN your truck the black wire would be ground and the green +12 volts. If you reversed those 2 that could be the issue. I would put a meter to those wires to be sure.
     
  5. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,149



    Yep thats what I did, Hope I can buy just the circuit board. The light is a Optilux/ Hella OS-L400.
     
  6. doo-man

    doo-man Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    I bet a simple test light would have been cheaper than a replacement board, leason learned I hope !!!

    Not trying to add insult to injury here but like the old saying measure twice cut once really applies here !!!
     
  7. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,149

    well I can't buy just the board, have to buy the whole light. Crap.....so what cool things can i do with the eight led light heads as they are still good? LOL
     
  8. Just put them on a flasher.
     
  9. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,149

    What kind of flasher would I need?
     
  10. A whelen flasher. Try to get ahold of George he can help you. Or call me tomorrow pm me for number.
     
  11. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,149

    Thanks R and R! I sent a e-mail to George.
     
  12. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    Correct....green is positive...

    i am surprised it blew the board....usually leds don't really care if you hook up backwards...tir3 and such..

    Thanks for the referral R&R......good to know people remember me.

    this bar??
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2011
  13. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    ok....looking at that bar i think your gonna need the smaller unit...

    IF you want.....send me the bar and I can rewire it for you.....otherwise just use this flasher and split the leds in the bar half on one output and half on the other.

    email Louis at SNM


    and tell him Dissociative off plowsite told you to order this flasher..

    http://www.strobesnmore.com/able-2-led-flasher.html

    He takes care or me pretty good....should take care of you too.