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Wiring four linz6 strobes ?

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by knpc, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. knpc

    knpc Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 144

    I'm planning on installing four linz6 strobes on my pickup this weekend and need a bit of help on how to wire it. I have the four lights and a toggle switch with momentary function. My first questions is what wire to use? I've read that regular wire that can be picked up at the local hardware store will work. The 18/4 I've seen is for security systems or thermostats, is that the right stuff. My second question is about the fuse. Can I install one inline fuse between the battery and the switch to cover the whole system.

    Thanks for the help
    Kevin
     
  2. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    18/4 will work use stranded not solid,something that will last.If you are running under the truck and to the rear run it through some wire loom along the frame and use tyraps. Use heat shrink on your connections.Whelen recommends running a ground directly from the battery. Yes you can put the fuse inline off the battery to both switches a 3amp is recommended. You will need one switch for on/off of lights & a normally open momentary swicth to cycle the patterns.
     
  3. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066


    good info.......you can also use the old strobe light wires if you want...you don't really need to be able to flip the patterns in the cab....set them and forget them..

    once you sync them and set patterns all you REALLY need is ONE power wire to the switch in the cab.....

    power to cab switch
    sync wire to all lights synced together....just connect them
    pattern wire.....set it and forget it...
    ground to truck.....
     
  4. knpc

    knpc Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 144

    Thanks for the help guys. I got them installed today and everything works great except for the color of the strobes. Two of them are a nice amber color and the other two are more yellow. I may not have even noticed if they were the same on the front and back, but of course there is one of each on the front and back. I can swap two lights but I'd rather have them all the same color.

    Has anyone else ran into this problem with the whelen linz6 lights? I ordered four amber ones at the same time, same packaging and model numbers.
     
  5. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    that's strange if they were all bought at the same time....are all of your grounds good? that will effect the color of the light...happened to a friend of mine just last week, he couldn't figure out why the light looked like crap so i moved the ground and what do ya know, BIG improvement!
     
  6. knpc

    knpc Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 144

    I will double check the ground but it should be good. All four ground wire are run to the switch and tied together, then to the - on the battery. Good tip, I wouldn't of thought to check that.
     
  7. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    whelen is known for pizz yellow leds.....EGLC just got a set of same lights and he hates them too....
     
  8. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    ground to the switch? how exactly did you wire the lights up?
     
  9. knpc

    knpc Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 144

    Here is a diagram of how I wired it. It is a momentary switch with four wires on the back.

    Strobe to switch connections

    Gray sync wires all connected to eachother

    White flash pattern wire connected to white wire(momentary function)
    Yellow positive wire connected to red positive out
    Black ground wire connected to black ground on switch which is connected to neg battery

    switch red positive in wire connected to pos on battery with 3amp fuse inline
     

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