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Where to get power from?

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by trfrench, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. trfrench

    trfrench Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    I just finished installing some reverse lights for my truck. I wanted to hook the wires up directly to the battery. The only problem was that I couldn't get the cable hooked back up to the battery after I got the extra wire on. So, I hooked it up to the solenoid. Is this okay or should I try to get power from somewhere else? Any advice greatly appreciated, thank you.
     
  2. KL&M Snow Div.

    KL&M Snow Div. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,616

    Maybe try the AUX wire on your 7-pin providing you have one. That should have power all the time. I hooked mine directly to the battery with no problems.
     
  3. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    it's fine...
     
  4. BoyneCityGuy

    BoyneCityGuy Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    i picked up some new inserts for the end of my cables for prolly $3 apiece at carquest that replaced the stock ones and allowed me an accessory pos and neg. work great, but the solenoid will work fine if you want to leave them there
     
  5. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    Did you fuse protect the wire?
     
  6. trfrench

    trfrench Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    Thank you so much for your responces. Yes everything is fuse protected. How hard is to replace the ends of the cables? I would rather have them hooked to battery for some reason.
     
  7. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    don;t cut up your cables over reverse lights...the solenoid is fine...its hooked to battery with a 4g usually...

    really....leave it it's fine.....not worth the effort to change....i run tons of stuff off the solenoid post....no issues.
     
  8. BoyneCityGuy

    BoyneCityGuy Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    Dissociative-i agree its fine, just giving him another option.

    trfrench-you simply unscrew the wire from the battery, use a pair of pliers to pop out the stock cable screw (just held in by a little rubber flange on the boot) and then pop the accessory one back in its place-screw it into the battery, then attach any accessory cables to the stud on the outside of the boot, i dont have pics of mine handy, but really its simple, no cutting, no anything...5 minute job max. hope this helps!
     
  9. trfrench

    trfrench Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    Ok, I will leave it as is. Thanks guys for your help.
     
  10. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

  11. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    very good idea.......i have a whole drawer full of those from car stereo days..
     
  12. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066