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Old 02-27-2012, 07:59 PM   #1
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Fog Light Install

So I'm looking at putting a set of Hella 500s on the front of my TJ. Would it be better to run the power wire off the battery directly or plug it into an open fuse port?

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Old 02-27-2012, 11:00 PM   #2
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I ran mine off the battery so that I could have them on without the Jeep being on.

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Old 02-27-2012, 11:43 PM   #3
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Wire it like this http://deltatechindustries.com/instr...05-2000-34.pdf using a relay and avoid potential problems.
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:16 AM   #4
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Powered off the battery but switched off a powered by egnition lead. If you install a swicth on the dash--you can easily tap the power outlet or cigaret lighter for the switch power.
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:45 AM   #5
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yep, main power from battery, switched through a relay. If you are buying new they come with inline fuses for that power and relays already
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:12 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:17 AM   #7
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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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Old 02-28-2012, 01:53 PM   #9
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as an 01 you should have these leads behind your glovebox, what Jeep intended them for!

they are fused and ready to be crimped and added on to red is a 10A unswitched, blue is a 3A switched
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:01 PM   #10
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as an 01 you should have these leads behind your glovebox, what Jeep intended them for!

they are fused and ready to be crimped and added on to red is a 10A unswitched, blue is a 3A switched
So using the blue wire would turn them off with the ignition then?

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