Thanks all, the 500s are in a kit so they come with a full harness including a relay. I like that idea about the cigarette lighter wire. I'm having problems with my lighter socket though so I'll have to troubleshoot the power wire if I go that route.
Make sure your control (switch) power is fused too. I have seen few installs where the person did not think it a big deal to fuse that line or had fuse with too high a rating, and went it shorted out it did some damage.
I like to ground side switch my relays, this way I am not running a positive line all the way from the dash to the relay. If the wire chaffes it won't short out, just ground out and all that does is leave the load (lights) on. Might get a dead battery, but alot less potential for melted wires. It requires a few changes to the included harness, but it is not too difficult.
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Only problem with a ground side switch is that most switches that have a light in them rather you use a power wire as the LED shares the input lead. Some don't, but I find it easy enough to run all my switches like that.
Like everyone else says. Run power to a relay straight from the battery and use a switch to control the relay.
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