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wiring lights to salter

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by meyer22288, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. meyer22288

    meyer22288 Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    i have a western tornado salter 1st gen and i want to add 2 spot lights to it on either side so i can see what the spreader is doing when its on. what i want to do is wiring the lights directly to the salter so when i turn the salter on the lights will come on with it. i dont want to have to much power going to/from spreader to where it may burn something up or blow fuses. has anyone done this and will i be ok to just wiring them right to it or should i just run them to the truck with a switch and fuse. thank you
  2. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    I don't know where to do this on an electric spreader, I splice them into the clutch on my gas spreaders.

    PS. go with LED
  3. BigBoyPlowin

    BigBoyPlowin Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    Just wire them separately. Once you get those lights, you're going to want to keep them on when you're plowing! Thats what I did.
  4. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    I have both, lights on the spreader aimed onto my spread pattern, don't light up very much, and on the truck aimed backwards wired to the reverse switch
  5. meyer22288

    meyer22288 Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    I think thats what im gonna do then. Looks like another project after the storm. I hate not seeing the spread pattern at night drives me crazy ive been spreading everything in reverse so i can see it :dizzy:
  6. Ray

    Ray PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 153

    Another option is you can wire the lights to a trailer plug for the running lights. Plug it in when you are going to be using the spreader and you will have lights to see your spread pattern. Just angle them down so as not to point at on coming traffic.
  7. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,106

    I have the same spreader as you and wired a 7$ tractor light on the drivers side, right into the positive and negative wires between the control box and motor. Salter on light on, salter off light off. What you'll find is that the variable power of the speed control dims the light when you turn it down....and LEDS do not like this variable current. It works great if you spread at full boar all the time but if you don't then wire it up separate.
  8. allseasons87

    allseasons87 Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    We put maxima LED's on our poly hoppers. Just drilled holes into the top rear corners. Works very well. Wired them to on/off switch right by the steering wheel
  9. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    2nd that. .
    We wire to their own switch.. back up lights are a must
  10. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Cree LED's on ebay, not the cheapest but you will love em! Wire em on a separate switch so you can use em backing into tight areas or when plowing...

    I have 3x 6" oval LED reverse lights on the flatbed and salter, plus the two cree floodlights, needless to say I can SEE when backing up in the dark!!! lol
  11. ultimate plow

    ultimate plow PlowSite.com Addict
    from N. IL
    Messages: 1,761

    With led you can keep the light forever. The $7 halogen will last 2 years tops and your buying yourself another like we all have been thru. I wired my rigid industries led lamps to work every time I put in reverse or flip a switch and I have my spread pattern light.
  12. NAC

    NAC Senior Member
    Messages: 104

    I have a 10' SS Saltdogg with the Briggs engine any one have a wiring diagram where to pull power for 2 led lights that will either run with the salter on or with the clutch engaged.
  13. crazyboy

    crazyboy Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 296

    I woiuldnt want to risk a controller, easier to just wire them up separate.
  14. MGMatt

    MGMatt Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Power a relay off the positive and neg wires and run a separate power from the truck for the light. The relay stays on even with variable output of the controller and the light stays bright. The voltage of the controller is always 12 volts. The controller varies speed by turning the motor on and off really fast.(milliseconds) Turning the dial changes the percentage of on/off time. If you test with a voltmeter you will see an average of 0-12 volts. The relay is a slow switch a and can't cycle on and off fast enough, so it stays on.
  15. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan Senior Member
    Messages: 727

    That's what we do.....headlights are on and spreader lights are on. 15 minute wiring job and it works great for sanding and plowing.