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Old 12-11-2011, 01:45 PM   #1
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aux reverse lights on 3 pole switch and relay

So im wiring up some cheapo lights for aux reverse/gtfo-my-ass lights. I have an on-off-on switch and a relay. Want position 1 on the switch to be auto (comes on when in reverse), position 2 off, and position 3 manual on. I've seen some writeups on this but can't find anything that uses the switch I have. It has 6 tabs, but I think im only supposed to use 3 of them. Thanks!

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Old 12-11-2011, 01:52 PM   #2
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Also, would the fuse box be the best place to get the power from the reverse light

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Old 12-11-2011, 02:21 PM   #3
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Yep you only need three of the six tabs on that switch, use three that are in a row on the side. Connect the switch's center tab to the light itself. Connect one of the other two to the Reverse light connection, connect the remaining switch tab to a continuous source of +12v. Make sure the switch has a center-off position. In one switch position, the light will come on manually. In the other position, it will come on when you shift into Reverse. It will be off with the switch in its center position.

The fuse box would be a good source of power but not if you are just planning to stick a wire into a fuse slot in the front. Probably easier just to run a wire directly to the battery, just make sure to have an in-line fuse in the wire to protect the circuit. A 10 amp fuse will be plenty.
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I've thought about doing this before and am finding it necessary with tinted rear glass and aging eyesight.

Where (after the reverse switch) is the best location to access the reverse wiring?
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I just tapped into the tail light it's self. With the hot and ground wire.., I used a 55 watt driving/fog light. But just on the drivers side. I tapped into the backup light wires and I've been running it for a few weeks now! With no overload or amp draw.... Cause really.... How long are you in reverse in normal daily driving?
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I'll take some pics tomorrow and upload them!
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:21 AM   #7
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I like this idea. What cheapy lights did you use? Looking forward to pics.
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There was no way I was gonna tap directly off of the reverse light. I am using a relay. ill take a pic right now for ya
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:22 AM   #9
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Here ya go. i just taped them in this pic. i ran the ground into the taillight and ran the hot through the hole behind the taillight. still working on the wiring, but its 27 degrees out so not going to touch it today haha
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Last I checked, running uncovered rear-facing lights is illegal in most states. I've never had a problem and LOVE them, but just something to be aware of... Actually, I believe technically a lot of states make it illegal to have the off-road lights uncovered on the highway but I've never heard of it being enforced.

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Old 12-12-2011, 06:26 PM   #11
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i dunno if they would even be considered "off road lights". they are 55w driving lights. ive never heard of anyone getting in trouble for um. i have my windshield lights uncovered all the time too. no problems with the law there either. thanks for the advice though. glad that these things will come in handy!
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I would have used a relay on mine if I were using them as rear auxiliary lights. But mine only comes on with the reverse switch. So I'm not to worried about overloading the wires unless I find my self in reverse for like a half hour or something

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