1. Welcome to PlowSite. Notice a fresh look and new features? It’s now easier to share photos and videos, find popular topics fast, and enjoy expanded user profiles. If you have any questions, click HELP at the top or bottom of any page, or send an email to help@plowsite.com. We welcome your feedback.

    Dismiss Notice

Wiring for a magnetic roof strobe light

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by BIGGB9, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. BIGGB9

    BIGGB9 Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    Hey guy does anyone have a better way to run wiring for a magnetic roof strobe light besides going in threw the rubber seal on the door. I thought about a back rack or an Acari drill-free rooftop mount. but I can see spending over 200 dollar on something just to hold one small strobe light. Anybody ever modify there third brake light to run the wire threw there. Any ideas. Thanks
     
  2. 7_below

    7_below Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    I have a sound off mini pinnacle and im dealing with the same thing. I don't have a back window slider so I run it through the side window on the rear cab door. I'm not a big fan of it, I like to run a tight ship ya know. I thought of cutting the cord and feeding it thru the 3rd brake light or drilling a hole in the roof and silicone it. Then having some quick connects to plug in when i take the beacon off at times.
     
  3. Greenmtboy

    Greenmtboy Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 372

    Drill a hole in the 3rd brake light.
     
  4. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    Thats exactly what I've done. the coil to the strobe is right above the drivers seat headliner. I simply got the wire from the door side portion of the headliner (by pulling the headliner down a bit) and uncoiled it. I took out the center brake light and ran a snake or a coat hanger) to the drivers doorside portion of the headliner and snaked it through.... takes about 20 minute for me to do one now.... over an hour the first time I ever did one.
    HIH
     
  5. BIGGB9

    BIGGB9 Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    Ok would it be a good idea to drill a hole in the third brake light and use a rubber grommet then run the wires in would that make it water proof.
     
  6. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    I just put the wire coming from underneath the center brake light...no need to drill holes... I've had no issues with water coming in... just snug the light back in and your good to go
     
  7. chevyman83

    chevyman83 Member
    Messages: 55

    I removed my third brake lamp assembly and ran the wire under the foam gasket around the lamp assembly. Ran the wire from the bottom of assembly so I don't get water leaking in. I ran wires from a switch to the headliner behind the third brake lamp assembly and installed a 2 pin connector so I can easily remove/install beacon by simply removing the 3rd brake lamp assembly. This is the 3rd year I have done this on my K1500 and have never had any issues with it.
     
  8. Greenmtboy

    Greenmtboy Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 372

    This is what I did on a 2011. I drilled two 5/32 holes and pushed the wires through.

    IMG_0082.jpg

    IMG_0083.jpg

    IMG_0084.jpg
     
  9. BIGGB9

    BIGGB9 Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    Looks good thanks for the idea
     
  10. chevyzrule810

    chevyzrule810 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239

    what year and model truck do you have? Extended or regular cab?
     
  11. graystonelbz

    graystonelbz Member
    Messages: 40

    you can also splice into the cargo light and use the cargo light switch so there's no need to run excess wire and a switch. I just remove the cargo light bulbs because I never use them anyway. makes for a very clean finish if you dont need the cargo light.
     
  12. Indy

    Indy Senior Member
    Messages: 704

    I ran flat landscape wire (cheaper and easy to hide) to the overhead console added a switch, ran it across the headliner and put a disconnect plug, then put a plug on the light (magnetic mount) so ..

    I have a switched, hard wired, magnetic mount, temporary light. TA DA
     
  13. corkireland

    corkireland Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    instead of drilling at the bottom and running over the light, you could drill at the top.. or instead of drilling, a wire will easily slide past the actual light.. worked great on my old truck.. and I connected it directly to the auxillary light like it was mentioned above. no need for extra switch if you don't have the plow prep package and prewired switch. Though got to figure out something elese for the new truck. no auxillary light switch while truck is in drive.
     
  14. KC2LLW

    KC2LLW Member
    Messages: 55

    If its a mag mount you will want a weather proof quick disconnect and make sure you take it off when your done plowing. I ran my cable out the bottom of my cab 2002 super duty crew cab with my ham radio antenna cable and someone just cut the cables and walked off with my pinnacle and left my antenna. I am going to hide away leds now and have a camera on my driveway
     
  15. Rusty Silence

    Rusty Silence Senior Member
    Messages: 140

    That's really crappy.