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Old 10-28-2013, 10:31 PM   #1
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I just purchased these. 1/2 meter 30-LED Light Tube with 3-Chip LEDs | Light Tubes | Accent Lighting | Super Bright LEDs
And they don't provide a wiring harness. My question is can I just incorporate a fuse and hard wire them to the battery using a toggle. Or do I need to use a relay like my fog lights?

All help is appreciated as I need to wire this from scratch. I am hoping I can keep it simple and do as I stated above.

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They are very low load. No relay is necessary. You can tap off an existing power source.

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They are very low load. No relay is necessary. You can tap off an existing power source.
Thanks for the help. You are sure about this?
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thats what i did for my reverse lights
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Thanks for the help. You are sure about this?
This is one of the big benefits to LED lighting, no relay necessary because of the low draw. You could wire one in if it makes you feel more secure, but it isn't necessary.

Out of curiosity, where are you putting the light bars?

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This is one of the big benefits to LED lighting, no relay necessary because of the low draw. You could wire one in if it makes you feel more secure, but it isn't necessary.

Out of curiosity, where are you putting the light bars?

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They are going under my jeep to be used as rock lights on night runs. one one each side of the frame.
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Those would work too , but it seems like a lot more work, plus with double sided tape, would be a lot of prep underneath to get them to stick. I liked the light tubes I purchased because they are 570 lumens a side, and waterproof.
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I'd wire them to the running lights with a fuse (10A) and then thru a dash switch. That way they will shut off automatically when you turn off the headlights, and you can turn them on/off from your switch. You can get the wire from the kick panel or at the plug in the clamshell at the steering wheel. I think its a black wire with a yellow stripe, but you'll want to double check that.
Run a single wire to a fuse, then to the switch then to the positive lead on the LED. Ground the other lead from the LED to the body and that will complete the circuit.
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Been running these for over a year now they work great lots of light
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I have a couple of 55W halogen reverse lights that I repurposed and mounted in the body mounts under the rockers. They act as rock lights but more as entry/exit lighting so you can see what you're jumping down into when exiting the Jeep. Because of this, I wired them into a dash switch and also wired them to come in when either door is open. The door switch defeat that turns off the interior lights when I'm doorless also kills the rock lights.

When I get more rock lights I'll wire them to the dash switch as well and leave just the two under the rockers on the door switch. Just another idea to kick around.

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I just purchased these. 1/2 meter 30-LED Light Tube with 3-Chip LEDs | Light Tubes | Accent Lighting | Super Bright LEDs And they don't provide a wiring harness. My question is can I just incorporate a fuse and hard wire them to the battery using a toggle. Or do I need to use a relay like my fog lights? All help is appreciated as I need to wire this from scratch. I am hoping I can keep it simple and do as I stated above.
Let's see some pics once they're wired up...!
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I might suggest going with these.

Weatherproof High Power LED Flexible Light Strip - WFLS-x | Top Emitting | Flexible LED Light Strips | LED Light Strips & Bars | Super Bright LEDs

They are encased in silicon and still flexible. Will probably be easier to work with and mount, you practically zip to them to the frame. We have the non waterproof version in the kitchen as cabinet lights and they are BRIGHT.

EDIT: Whoops, missed that you already purchased the other ones...
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I might suggest going with these.

Weatherproof High Power LED Flexible Light Strip - WFLS-x | Top Emitting | Flexible LED Light Strips | LED Light Strips & Bars | Super Bright LEDs

They are encased in silicon and still flexible. Will probably be easier to work with and mount, you practically zip to them to the frame. We have the non waterproof version in the kitchen as cabinet lights and they are BRIGHT.

EDIT: Whoops, missed that you already purchased the other ones...
If these don't work, I will probably order those. I didn't notice they were enclosed when I looked through them. Your right about being a lot easier to mount. Only $20 a side, so no biggie if they end up getting busted or only last a little while.
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Let's see some pics once they're wired up...!

I will post pictures once they are up and running. Should be here Thursday.
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Ok, here's a question regarding running these for night "Rock Crawling" rather looking cool while your racing your Jeep on the strip on Friday night...

So what color is best for using under the Jeep...especially from a "spotters" perspective. As a driver we wont really notice the lights but the spotter needs to see without a lot of shadow, glare etc. Those of you that wheel at night know what I'm referring too...
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Ok, here's a question regarding running these for night "Rock Crawling" rather looking cool while your racing your Jeep on the strip on Friday night... So what color is best for using under the Jeep...especially from a "spotters" perspective. As a driver we wont really notice the lights but the spotter needs to see without a lot of shadow, glare etc. Those of you that wheel at night know what I'm referring too. So what color is the best for under the jeep??? ..
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I bet everyone uses a standard "white" light. I have never really thought that much into it. Except that I need lots of light to see what's under me and be able to do trail repairs if necessary.
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I bet everyone uses a standard "white" light. I have never really thought that much into it. Except that I need lots of light to see what's under me and be able to do trail repairs if necessary.
Thanks that's kinda what I figured but why learn the hard way...
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LEDs ? on/under a Jeep? Blasphemy.
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LEDs ? on/under a Jeep? Blasphemy.
It's not a jeep unless you have LEDs
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Thanks that's kinda what I figured but why learn the hard way...
Yeah maybe an amber color would reflect less if that's what you are thinking about.
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Here is a video post installation. Looks ok, might ad two more LED strips underneath it.


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Looks good! yeah maybe one OVER each axle...so spotter can see diffs etc...assuming you did it for night wheeling...
So how did you power them? What was your total cost?
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Yeah I'm going to run one front and back I'm thinking. Total cost was $40 for the lights plus wire and toggle. I just hard wired them directly to the battery, with a toggle switch to control power. I could have tapped into another source but connecting right to the battery eliminated me trying to find a good power source under the dash lol.

The goal was to be able to see obstacles at night and light for repairs if needed.
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I was looking at the other strips that were suggested.
Weatherproof High Power LED Flexible Light Strip - WFLS-x | Top Emitting | Flexible LED Light Strips | LED Light Strips & Bars | Super Bright LEDs

Thinking about running them. Seem like they'd be durable and are waterproof. The videos they show on splicing them all together seems remarkedly simple too.
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I was looking at the other strips that were suggested.
Weatherproof High Power LED Flexible Light Strip - WFLS-x | Top Emitting | Flexible LED Light Strips | LED Light Strips & Bars | Super Bright LEDs

Thinking about running them. Seem like they'd be durable and are waterproof. The videos they show on splicing them all together seems remarkedly simple too.
Those seem good too, I wonder what the lumens are. They don't state. But they look identical to what I have just in a different type of case. I would be curious to see those in action.
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Those seem good too, I wonder what the lumens are. They don't state. But they look identical to what I have just in a different type of case. I would be curious to see those in action.
Product specs says 1230 Lumens with 180* pattern....not bad at all!
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That's good! But at what length? 1 meter?

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