How Do I Connect Fog Lights To Rocker Switch? - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 08-12-2011, 08:13 AM   #1
Jeeper
 
MattD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: NE PA
Posts: 285
How Do I Connect Fog Lights To Rocker Switch?

I kind of suck when it comes to electrical...

I have a 3 port rocker switch panel on my '97 TJ. The farthest to the right is a blank and I assume (when seeing other pictures) that this is for fog lights. Wiring is available, but of course, is just connected to the blank.

PO wired fog lights to a switch he installed under the steering column, wired directly to the battery. Works fine, but I would like to put the fog lights into the rocker panel and use that switch under the steering column for a rack of spotlights on top of the vehicle (the spots, to be done at some future date).

Just not sure where the fog light wires should be connected.

Do I need to remove the fuse panel and connect the fog light wiring from behind it? I see a fuse marked "Fog Lights," but unsure if this is the proper way to wire it in.

I just don't want to start taking things apart that maybe I shouldn't be touching.

Thanks for the help.

MattD is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-12-2011, 08:46 AM   #2
Jeeper
 
erickpl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Alabama
Posts: 2,332
Send a message via AIM to erickpl
So you have a factory fog switch?

If so, here's how it wires up:



I have the Carling Contura switches like ARB uses for the locker.

Here's how they wire....



Just replace compressor with fog lamps and you get the idea.

You can wire the power for the switch into that fuse (or follow the wires behind that fuse to where they go if you don't have a factory switch). This will give you switched power (ie the lights won't come on unless ignition is on). I didn't have squat for fog wiring in my 97 SE so I ran my own and tapped a switched source in that area.

The switch is wired with a fuse and powers a relay. When the switch comes on, the relay activates and turns on the fogs.

And here's how I did mine (I added an extra bezel).


__________________
-Paul

-97 TJ with a few mods. PM with questions.
erickpl is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-12-2011, 01:25 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
MattD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: NE PA
Posts: 285
Thanks Paul.

About my blank. The blank has a set of wires coming from the harness connected to it. The blank has a socket that matches the wired plug.

I was wondering if this is possibly wires leading to the fuse box. Perhaps it's wired for fogs, but the original purchaser didn't take the option? This is why I'm thinking all I have to do is replace the blank with a rocker and I could wire the lights directly to the fuse box?

Your opinion?
MattD is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-12-2011, 01:35 PM   #4
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
jp2611's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Fort Wayne IN
Posts: 6,791
Sounds good in theory---should be fairly easy to test---use a test light out under the hood where the wiring for the fogs goes to the lights--assuming PO used the factory harness? It is in the loom on the drivers side under the hood.

If PO did not use factory harness - look for plugs under the fender wells? or may have to chase some wires.

Sorry no definite answer.
jp2611 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-12-2011, 01:41 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
MattD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: NE PA
Posts: 285
Quote:
Originally Posted by jp2611 View Post
Sounds good in theory---should be fairly easy to test---use a test light out under the hood where the wiring for the fogs goes to the lights--assuming PO used the factory harness? It is in the loom on the drivers side under the hood.

If PO did not use factory harness - look for plugs under the fender wells? or may have to chase some wires.

Sorry no definite answer.

I never thought to look for anything underneath there myself. Considering the PO allowed her HS kid to put in the fog lights I doubt he looked for a connection, either.

I'll do some probing. There are a few wires that go nowhere under the hood.

Thanks for the help!
MattD is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-12-2011, 01:46 PM   #6
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
jp2611's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Fort Wayne IN
Posts: 6,791
If you have a test light you can find the "pin" in the plug for the foglights---assuming the harness is all the same for the TJ fogs or not. The horn is in there and I think the headlights--but don't quote me on that one. But can check trace back to fuse box under hood and than see if it can be "switched" by the new rocker you want to install---honestly someone on here probably already knows (a whole lot of Jeepers on here) but you can check/trace it yourself or wait for someone to tell you.

As an aside--a lot of the people on here don't like the factory wiring for the fogs--feel it is to weak--but it works for mine.
jp2611 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-06-2011, 10:26 AM   #7
Jeeper
 
Wazzick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 133
__________________
-Adam
Wazzick is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-06-2011, 10:32 AM   #8
Jeeper
 
SirGeorgeKillian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,282
Images: 2
My only advice if you rewire. Use a relay. Those switches don't always hold up so well when you run that much power through them!

SirGeorgeKillian is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers for CJ-YJ-TJ-LJ DTS Vendor Spotlight! Great Deals for Members. 8 06-20-2012 02:44 PM
2001 Sahara Switch Removal and Light Bar Lights Install Joseph5599 TJ General Discussion Forum 2 04-13-2011 09:51 PM
A "Loud" Twist On The Kill Switch Mod dbbd1 TJ Tech Forum 10 04-05-2010 10:54 AM
Fog light rocker switch rwhooker JK Tech Forum 1 01-04-2010 04:27 PM
Rocker Switch JimmytheJeep TJ General Discussion Forum 13 12-04-2007 09:39 AM



Download our Mobile App

» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:39 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC