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Old 01-11-2014, 08:39 AM   #1
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I just got an ACE rear bumper and have 2x6" LED light bars to mount in it. My question is, can I just splice into the backup light power on each side and be done? Any wiring differences to know prior to just splicing in? Thanks!

They are Lifetime LED as well.

I can turn a wrench all day, but with electrical stuff, I'm lost.

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I just got an ACE rear bumper and have 2x6" LED light bars to mount in it. My question is, can I just splice into the backup light power on each side and be done? Any wiring differences to know prior to just splicing in? Thanks! They are Lifetime LED as well. I can turn a wrench all day, but with electrical stuff, I'm lost.
We splice and solder LED back up lights into the factory jk harness every aftermarket bumper we install. We always use the Rigid SRM or the Vision X solstice prime lights and have had zero issues.

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Maybe a dumb question, but where is the harness for the backup lights? Inside of the tail light?
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Yes, the backup light is in the tail light. Pretty easy, only two wires. Black ground and white/green strip (i think) power. Just tap into those.
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Yes, the backup light is in the tail light. Pretty easy, only two wires. Black ground and white/green strip (i think) power. Just tap into those.
Is there a best way to do this? Again, I'm dumb with electric stuff. So this would be my procedure:

1. Cut wire
2. Strip coating off.
3. Twist wires together.
4. Put a cap on the twist, with maybe some electric tape trying to seal it all up.

Anything I'm missing? New fuse at all? I know LED draws a lot less power than regular lights, didn't know of this would be a factor.

Also any recommended gauge wire to extend them up to the tail lights?

I appreciate the help.
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You can buy connectors that just clip onto each wire. They are very easy to use, no cutting or stripping involved.
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You can buy connectors that just clip onto each wire. They are very easy to use, no cutting or stripping involved.
Something like this?
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This clips are the ones I used when I had to tap into my taillight so I can relocate my license plate.
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^ these are what I was referring to.
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Specific name? Or would I just go and find the right size at like Lowes or Home Depot?
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Specific name? Or would I just go and find the right size at like Lowes or Home Depot?
Auto parts store will have them
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When I first installed my aftermarket bumper with auxiliary backup lights, I initially tapped into the stock backup light wire as discussed here. Some things I didn't like about that setup were 1)They were pretty bright and I didn't want to be obnoxious to people behind me when backing up at night, and 2)Since they WERE pretty bright I thought it would be nice to have the ability manually turn on the lights when needed at camp or on a dark trail or whatever. So I ended up re-wiring them to their own manual switch. Just something to consider.
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When I first installed my aftermarket bumper with auxiliary backup lights, I initially tapped into the stock backup light wire as discussed here. Some things I didn't like about that setup were 1)They were pretty bright and I didn't want to be obnoxious to people behind me when backing up at night, and 2)Since they WERE pretty bright I thought it would be nice to have the ability manually turn on the lights when needed at camp or on a dark trail or whatever. So I ended up re-wiring them to their own manual switch. Just something to consider.
One step further would be a three-way switch. ON - OFF - ON with reverse lights.

I LOVE THAT SETUP!!!
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One step further would be a three-way switch. ON - OFF - ON with reverse lights. I LOVE THAT SETUP!!!
That would be awesome! Just need an SPod!
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Did not know you can wire in lighting to the rear taillight. I would not use clips for automotive-
Especially on a jeep that sees dirt/water and bounces around off road.
Solder/shrink tubing
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This clips are the ones I used when I had to tap into my taillight so I can relocate my license plate.
These connections are the worst for any off road or wet conditions. It's a rule in my shop to throw all these away when they're included in any product. Twisting the wires together and using scotch tape would be a better connection than these. On jeeps use solder and shrink tube if you don't want to have any issues.
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When I first installed my aftermarket bumper with auxiliary backup lights, I initially tapped into the stock backup light wire as discussed here. Some things I didn't like about that setup were 1)They were pretty bright and I didn't want to be obnoxious to people behind me when backing up at night, and 2)Since they WERE pretty bright I thought it would be nice to have the ability manually turn on the lights when needed at camp or on a dark trail or whatever. So I ended up re-wiring them to their own manual switch. Just something to consider.
We have wired the led back ups like this at the request of some customers, but all of them have came back and had them wired into backup lights. Another option is to run a diode in the B/U light wire, and wire them into the back up light wire and to a switch for aux lights in the rear.
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These connections are the worst for any off road or wet conditions. It's a rule in my shop to throw all these away when they're included in any product. Twisting the wires together and using scotch tape would be a better connection than these. On jeeps use solder and shrink tube if you don't want to have any issues.
If it stopped working it isn't hard to go back in and twist the wires until then this is good enough for me. I did this to my previous jeep and other cars. Seriously haven't had any problems with them.
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Did not know you can wire in lighting to the rear taillight. I would not use clips for automotive- Especially on a jeep that sees dirt/water and bounces around off road. Solder/shrink tubing
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These connections are the worst for any off road or wet conditions. It's a rule in my shop to throw all these away when they're included in any product. Twisting the wires together and using scotch tape would be a better connection than these. On jeeps use solder and shrink tube if you don't want to have any issues.
A X2 would of worked
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Do they make shrink tube for a 3 splice? Cutting backup light and splicing in LED light, there would be 3 wires to splice together.
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That would be awesome! Just need an SPod!
No S-pod needed. You just buy a three way switch, wire, a relay and install.

And they make those crimp ones that have dielectric grease in them to keep out sand/dirt/water for those who can't/don't solder.
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Do they make shrink tube for a 3 splice? Cutting backup light and splicing in LED light, there would be 3 wires to splice together.
2 wires joined running the same direction. The 3rd from the other direction. Solder then Slide the shrink tube over all 3
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Awesome! Thanks!

I've read some threads about people twisting wires, and others saying just put put them next to each other for the solder. Any input? I'm thinking of just having them next to each other without twisting?
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Awesome! Thanks! I've read some threads about people twisting wires, and others saying just put put them next to each other for the solder. Any input? I'm thinking of just having them next to each other without twisting?
I've seen that debate too. I think leaving them untwisted allows the solder hold better.
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Do they make shrink tube for a 3 splice? Cutting backup light and splicing in LED light, there would be 3 wires to splice together.
These work great for that.
Multiple Sealed Wire Connector

They also come in closed end (like wire nuts)
Heat Shrinkable Closed End Connector 18-10 gauge

Each style comes in different sizes too.

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Those look like the perfect thing I need! Thanks for all the replies!
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That would be awesome! Just need an SPod!
Hey, I have a new in box sPod. With the center hole for a Aerospace gauge. Which I have new in box also.

I'm going to try selling all my light stuff. I've gotta buy a woodburner for the house and need some money for that.

I've got 4 sets of light, and bumper mount, windshield mount, and hood mount.

Anyone interested? None of the lights have ever been hooked up. but they have been on my hood, and windshield for a while...

I'm thinking about 25% off what I paid. Thoughts?

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