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Wiring Questions

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by oldmankent, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,322

    I've had some light sitting around for ages. Finally getting them set up. I have a question though. I have a rack on my truck and I'm putting 4 utility lights on it. I'm wondering how I should run the grounds for the lights. It is a system one rack, so there are 1/4" bolts holding the rack the the inside of the bed flange. I have about 18 bolts. If I were to just ground the lights to the rack (aluminum) do you think that is going to be good enough in the long run? Or should I run a dedicated ground for each light back to the frame? It could save me alot of wiring if I just ground to the rack. However, if it goes bad, then all the lights will be out. thoughts?
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,390

    Run a gnd to each light. Do it right the first time..PERIOD
  3. k1768

    k1768 Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 556

    I ran dedicated ground. Used 4 conductor outdoor rated cable. 1 conductor for GND, 1 for worklights, and 2 to lightbar, 1 each power and pattern. Spent a little more money on the cable, but easier to run 1 cable, looks better, and as stated above, done right the first and only time. I hate redoing any job.