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Old 12-28-2013, 10:35 PM   #1
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Some wiring questions..

A few questions about wiring external lights:
(I've tried to search/google these questions but my wording is too long and I can't seem to find exactly the answers I'm looking for...!)

#1 driving lights- I've got them installed, wired and working:
I have the "trigger wire"(the one that goes to the switch- that activates the relay) wired to the "acc plug"(in dash) so the lights can only be switched "on" when the jeep is on/running. This is good.
-Now can I run a second "trigger wire" to the "high beam wire" so the lights will come on when I'm using the high beams OR with the switch I just installed?

#2- if I wanted to be able to turn the driving lights on when the key is NOT in the ignition:
I just run the "trigger wire" to a constant power source- which means the little light on the switch is always "on"- will this little light, that is always on drain the battery?

#3 wiring a reversing light:
The "cheap basic flood light" I bought didn't come with a relay, what should I be looking for when buying a relay? How many amps-20/30, 30/40, 40?

#4 reversing light
I plan on wiring the "trigger wire" to the existing "stock reversing light wire" and I want to have it on a switch(so I can use it when the key is NOT in the ignition).
Do I just run a "trigger wire" to the "stock reversing lights" wire and second wire to a switch and to the constant wire(once again question #2 comes into play-)?

Thanks for your help..

1990 YJ for sale.. In whole or parts.
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:30 PM   #2
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I can help with #2 i think. I wired mine into the hot lead in the steering column. Cant miss it, big red wire. Mine can be turned on with the jeep not running. Some people might say" well what happens if you leave your lights on and it kills the battery. Well, I may not be the brightest but i can tell if i leave two huge spot lights on when i get out of the jeep. As for the lighted switch, it should only come on when it is in the "on" position. Thats what mine does.

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Old 12-29-2013, 07:05 PM   #3
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I can answer all but no time ATM. #1. No, unless you use some diodes in the circuit or a dpst switch for selectable power source otherwise your high beams will also turn on with the car. Simply Tapping power from 2 sources will complete a circuit from the high beam to the acc.
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