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Old 04-15-2013, 06:40 PM   #1
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Would this switch work for Hella Black Magic Driving lights?

The switch the lights came with is pretty weak in my opinion so I want to get something better. Would this be an option? Would it be relatively easy to make work?

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Old 04-15-2013, 06:50 PM   #2
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Any switch will work but you should run the lights through relays. I have those lights with 100 watt bulbs through relays and a wireless switch.

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Old 04-15-2013, 06:51 PM   #3
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I have the 55w version that comes with a wiring harness. I think it should be plug and play (of sorts) but I am a little bit electronically challenged.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:15 PM   #4
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Anyone else have any idea or input?
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Does that wiring harness have a relay (clicks when it turns on/off) embedded somewhere in it?
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Yes it does.
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That it has a relay means the on-off switch doesn't have be especially heavy duty. Any good quality switch will work fine since all the switch does is to turn the relay on & off. The relay is what provides the power to the lights. Think of a relay as a remote-controlled heavy-duty on-off switch.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:41 PM   #8
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That it has a relay means the on-off switch doesn't have be especially heavy duty. Any good quality switch will work fine since all the switch does is to turn the relay on & off. The relay is what provides the power to the lights. Think of a relay as a remote-controlled heavy-duty on-off switch.
Good info, thanks. The only thing is when I said weak I meant not cool enough for me I think this switch just looks better.
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Good info, thanks. The only thing is when I said weak I meant not cool enough for me I think this switch just looks better.
Here's another pretty cool switch that would definitely work.
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Here's another pretty cool switch that would definitely work.

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Here's another pretty cool switch that would definitely work.
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Jerry: HELL NAW, IT'S GOT A 2ND FUSE!! TWO FUSES!!!! TOTALLY SAFE!!
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Take two humor pills & call me in the morning.
I didn't intentionally name the hypothetical guy Jerry, lol, unconscious decision. I simply found it amusing that it had two fuses. Perhaps for a negative supply, which in addition to the positive voltage of the lightning, was the secret to bringing Frankenstein to life.
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Seems legit. So would that original switch work??
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Seems legit. So would that original switch work??

Yeah it'll work no problem, just hook it up like the directions tell you for the original one.
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Seems legit. So would that original switch work??
That switch on Amazon you gave the link to would be a very good choice, it'd work very well for that job.
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That's what I figured but I was just making sure before I placed the order. Thanks for the help (and jokes) guys!
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Jerry, where do you get the knife switch?
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Jerry, where do you get the knife switch?
I have a local Frankenstein owners electrical parts store I use for parts like those.
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Jerry, where do you get the knife switch?
I think I've seen that at radio (cellphone) shack
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Not like that one. RS has little plastic ones, not the serious stuff.

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