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Old 10-15-2013, 09:52 AM   #1
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Bumper Lights (wiring)

I am going to wire some bumper lights and will probably add some windsheild lights later. I was thinking of using this diagram. Would I be able to tie the windsheild lights into the same relay? Would I have to just have to wire the same way. The lights are 55w H3 halogen. What size relay should I get? and would most parts stores have them? Page 2 of attachment basic relay use.
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:06 PM   #2
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You probably could use the same relay providing it's capacity is not exceeded by the amount of current (amps) your lights draw, but you probably don't want to.

I think you want separate switches and relays. You may find that you'll want to use your bumper lights when you are on-road to augment your high beams. In most if not all states, you can't legally use windshield lights on-road. They have to be at or below the level of the headlights. So if had both sets on one switch/relay, you would not be able to legally use your lights on-road. If they're switched separately, you can just throw on the bumper lights when you're on-road.

You might want to consider using a feed from your high beams, routed through a switch, to power the relay for the bumper lights. This way, they'll come on with your high beams, except when you have that switch set to "off".

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Old 10-16-2013, 09:12 AM   #3
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So from my rocker bumper light swith I would tie the supply wire to the high beam. On my TJ would that be in the steering colum or were would be the best place to tap that wire?
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So from my rocker bumper light swith I would tie the supply wire to the high beam. On my TJ would that be in the steering colum or were would be the best place to tap that wire?
I'm sure it is somewhere in the steering column, but I took the easy way out. I tapped at the headlight, and then ran that into the cab, through the switch and then back out to the relay under the hood.
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:39 PM   #5
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Which wire would be the highbeam?
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:07 AM   #6
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I agree with SecretAgentMan. I just installed new Delta amber fog lights to my 2011 JK. I have replaced the original bumper that had factory fog lights with a Smittybuilt tube bumper. The factory wires were still in place. I contacted Delta light co. and they said if the lights were under 55 watts I could use the same factory wires. The relay that came with your lights is rated for them only. Adding another set of lights to the same relay will most likely cause a electrical fire. You can google your jeep for a free wiring diagram. You will be able to locate the correct wire to attach to.
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:36 PM   #7
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Which wire would be the highbeam?
The easiest way is to pull the plug off the headlight and use a volt meter/test light. From memory, I think there are three conductors. One would be the ground, the second low beam and the third high beam. Find the positive that's hot when the high beams are turned on. Use a ground on the frame instead of the connector for the volt meter/test light.
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Why tie into the headlights at all? Be able to run them 100% independently. My 97 SE didn't have any fog wiring, so I didn't bother with going into the headlight wiring and just ran my own harness setup...

And if you are planning on using strong lights for fog and/or windshield, I'd make them 100% separate circuits and use different relays.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:56 PM   #9
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I was thinking of just wiring it up independent but then if I'm using them and I meet a car and turn the high beams down the fogs would still be on.
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:05 PM   #10
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Mine are wired for both.

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Oh My! Look at all the relays! Maybe my jeep will explode!

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