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Trying To Wire Plow Lights Without A Harness

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Jkmola, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. Jkmola

    Jkmola Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    I picked up a set of plow lights in a yard sale for $5. They both work when I hook up the battery charger to them. They had some 12/4 electric cable that was hooked up to them, and then just cut off. I have some 12/3 laying around and was going to try wiring up the lights so that I could just flip a toggle or rocker switch to manually turn on the lights when I have the plow on the truck. Or, though it would be more involved, I could wire it so whenever the truck's lights are on, the plow lights are on. I'm thinking of tying into the lighting harness (for lights and turn signals) on each side and adding a connector, and then have the cable with a connector coming from each light. That way I could just run the one single cable from each light up through the grill and connect the lights under the hood. Two lights, two cables, two connections. Does this sound rational, or am I not thinking of something? Truck is a '00 Chevy.
     
  2. jcesar

    jcesar Senior Member
    from Mi
    Messages: 492

    first you gotta hook the thingy to the dooflopper, then you got to..... just kidding. Why not buy a wire harness? What type of plow is it? Might be able to get one cheap. I bought a new harness for a Western for less than a c-note. But if you insist on hooking them to the truck, then you are about on track. Just remember to ground them really good. Also, Gonna be bouncing around when plowing, so make sure your connections are soldered, and tight. Hot, Ground, and interupt, is what you need to make them work.
     
  3. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Running both lights (truck and Plow) is just asking for a headlight or dimmer switch to fail.

    Why not buy a harness for the plow. If you don't have any experance at this you could be buying a truck harness, headlight switch, dimmer switch or if you don't get the fire out in time a new truck.:rolleyes: