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Wiring questions

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by eastcoastjava, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. eastcoastjava

    eastcoastjava Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 165

    Getting a set of hid away strobes for head and taillights as well as some thin led's for my back rack my question is how can I wire these in, specifically do I have to run it directly to the battery or is there something that I can run my strobe wires to and then run that to my battery. I really don't want to have 3 cables running directly to my battery. Also I want to have individual switches one for the hid aways and the other switch for my led's.

    I suck at wiring, I usually had my buddy do it but he's deployed now. So I'm giving it a shot, please post anything or any equipment that would be useful.

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. myzx6

    myzx6 Member
    Messages: 90

    You can run to your fuse box, or battery. If you don't already have one, now would be a great time to add a second battery or just use a double fuse setup for running 2 amps then you have 1 going to battery and 2 feeds off of that, hell I bought mine at Wal-Mart in the audio section
     
  3. blueline38

    blueline38 Senior Member
    Messages: 436

  4. blueline38

    blueline38 Senior Member
    Messages: 436

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    This is my added panel as an example but this is more intricate than you probably want or need. Just showing what's available.
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2014
  5. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,535

    I have one 4ga cable ran to a 150 amp resettable beaker by battery. From there it runs behind back seat to fuse block with smaller fuses. From there I run work lights, air compressor, strobes, light bar, and more.
     
  6. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    i run everything off the battery through relays. this way all the wiring inside the truck is low amperage.
     
  7. eastcoastjava

    eastcoastjava Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 165

    Thank you guys so far.

    Ok so my next question were do I tap my switch into? Also do I have to use the flash pattern wire or can I just forget about that, i dont really care about changing flash patterns all that much.will I get the default if I don't wire it?
     
  8. speedy1wrc

    speedy1wrc Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    Most lights with multiple patterns default to the last pattern selected. It should say in the instructions.
     
  9. eastcoastjava

    eastcoastjava Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 165

    So far I'm thinking about running all the strobe tubes to the power supply that came with the hide away kit. From there run the wires from the hide away power supply to a distribution block then to the battery.

    Still unsure though about how I would wire in my led's for my back rack. Could I some how connect it to the hide away power supply or should I go another route on wiring those in.

    The hide away kit is the one strobes N more makes it has 4 tubes and my led's are nova sd24 surface mounts.
     
  10. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,975

    Just pwr your LEDs to the power switch of the strobes
     
  11. norfolk2way

    norfolk2way Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I would bring it to a professional shop if you don't know how to do it. I see too many trucks burn up because someone didn't know what they were doing
     
  12. Triton2286

    Triton2286 Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    ^^^ Agreed. If you can take it to an installer do that for now, save yourself the hassle and confusion and risk of wiring something wrong. Then you can learn from it for the future by seeing a pro install done.
     
  13. eastcoastjava

    eastcoastjava Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 165

    Bought the led's this morning at a truck equipment place locally, got them wired up in about an hour and a half. Thought I screwed up, but it was a stupid mistake straight up forgot to reconnect the negative cable. But for the most part it went smoothly.

    As for paying some place to do it, the quotes I received were outrageous the lowest one came in at $350 for just the install.
     
  14. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    May sound outrageous to you, but someone could say the same thing about your plow pricing

    Most shop installs are worth what you pay. They usually add some extra steps without telling you or charging you
     
  15. RBRONKEMA GHTFD

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    PM sent........
     
  16. Fourbycb

    Fourbycb Senior Member
    Messages: 578

    I have found that Ridge Runners work great for such projects
     
  17. Fourbycb

    Fourbycb Senior Member
    Messages: 578

  18. norfolk2way

    norfolk2way Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    a lot of ham guys use those. big money for Anderson plug stuff but works great
     
  19. eastcoastjava

    eastcoastjava Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 165

    Well I'm doing my hide aways today, I picked up a 6 way fuse block do I have to fuse it again between the fuse block and rocker switch or can I just run with the 15 amp fuse that's on the distribution block which hooks right up to the battery. My LEDs are going to be switched to the block, right now they are on a 5 amp inline fuse
     
  20. blueline38

    blueline38 Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    First, make sure you have a fuse between the block and the battery, under the hood.

    Second, the answer is no. There is no need to fuse the circuit after the block.

    However, depending on what you are running, 15amps is too high of a fuse. Led's don't draw that much and a strobe power supply has a power in and separate switch leads. The power in should be a separate line fused at the same level as the unit. The turn on leads need only a low level fuse.