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Old 07-25-2010, 01:57 PM   #1
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Need a lot of help installing Hella 500 lights

I have a 2000 Wrangler and I am trying to add two Hella 500 driving lights. I successfully mounted them on the bumper, but I have no wiring/electrical experience so I have no idea what I'm doing. I got a wiring diagram with the lights but it doesn't really help. Can anyone give me simple, step by step directions on how to install them? Pictures would also be very helpful. Thanks in advance.

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Do a search as this has been covered a lot in the past and there are many electrical diagrams.

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I have been searching for a while and I've found a lot of better wiring diagrams, but given my lack of electrical experience they really don't mean much to me. I was hoping for some written directions rather than just diagrams with a bunch of lines that I don't entirely understand.
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I have been searching for a while and I've found a lot of better wiring diagrams, but given my lack of electrical experience they really don't mean much to me. I was hoping for some written directions rather than just diagrams with a bunch of lines that I don't entirely understand.
Ok, so I just installed fog lights on my jeep, so I can give you a little help.

need a little more info though... What type of switch? is it just a generic toggle switch or is it a LED switch? Do you have a relay? do you have a fuse? give me that info, and I can sorta walk you through it.
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ok thanks, I would like to just wire them so that they come on when I turn the high beams on and not have to worry about a switch. They came with a wiring diagram to use with the included switch and one that bypasses the switch. I have a relay that has a ground wire, one that goes to the two lights, one that I'm guessing goes to the battery and one that I'm guessing somehow attaches to the high beams. Both lights also include a ground wire. The wire going to the battery has a fuse. Let me know what other info you need. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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hmm, that I am not sure how to do... I would imagine you just have to tap into the high beam wire, so when you switch it on it would turn the other on with it. but I'm not sure on that. I just know how to wire it to a switch. I will try and research a little bit and see if I cant find you something.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/fog-...elp-54431.html

this is the help I received. and there is 2 different diagrams in that thread. first thing I would do is get all the wires ran to the relay, get them all grounded (make sure that you clean off the area you are going to ground to) and then the last thing that's needed is to wire it to the high beam switch, which we still need to figure out.
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Go to a 4x4 shop that sells offroad lights and just buy one of the pre-wired wiring harnesses for any of the brands of lights they sell. They're all the same, brand-wise, because they all do the same job.

Once you get the wiring harness that has a pre-wired relay in it, all you do is connect it to the lights and then connect the harness to the battery and a good ground. A pre-wired wiring kit will make child's play of getting the lights working.

And make no mistake, you cannot wire in driving lights without using a relay like is in the pre-wired harness. The relay is required to prevent the wiring and on-off switch from overheating and eventually failing due to the heavy amperes drawn by the driving lights.

Here is a wiring diagram that will work but without wiring experience, you're better off just buying the prewired driving light wiring harness.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:41 PM   #8
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Thank you for the the wiring diagram Jerry. My lights came with a pre-wired wiring harness, I'm just confused where/how to attach the other ends of the wires (specifically the 30 and 85, if that helps).
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You sir, are in luck. I actually just subscribed to this forum to help you out as I usually frequent another forum. I also see that jerry is over here as well! hey jerry!

I just installed a set of these friday so I may be of some assistance.
Tools needed for job:
Needle nosed pliers
Electrical connectors I.E. male and female connectors, and a couple of eye connectors for the grounds
electrical tape
Soldering gun and solder(not necessary but highly reccomended)
wire crimping tool(not necessary if using needle nosed pliers)
circuit tester(not necessary if you follow my directions exactly)
First thing first disconnect the negative side of your battery.
That being said let's break this down and simplify it a little bit.

Forget about the numbers of the wires. For all purposes being we will be using color coding.

Red=hot to battery
Black=hot to lights
Yellow=remote wire (this is what tells the lights when to turn on)
Blue=ground wire
Green= not relevant to the way you want to install, this is only used if wiring an additional switch into the system, I for one chose to mount mine to turn on via a rocker switch only when the high beams are on

First you will want to choose a location to mount your relay (wiring harness brain)
I reccomend the right side as it makes all of your wiring shorter and cleaner.

You will notice on your lights themselves they have two wires coming out of the back, one blue, and one black.

step number one-

Connect the black wire on the back of the light to the black wire provided with your harness

next
predetermine a good grounding location. a good grounding location could be one that is already provided by the factory or you can make your own. just make sure that all paint, grease, grime ect. is removed, you always want a clean metal surface for a ground
connect each of your blue wires to a nice ground

step number 2-
determine which circuit is the high beam circuit, you could do this by testing with a circuit tester or you could take my word for it.
the correct and easiest accesable high beam circuit on the passengers side is on the back side of the light housing plug, you will notice there are three wires going into this plug lined up in a triangle. the one you want is on the bottom right assuming you are looking at it as if you were sitting in the jeep.

This is where you will connect your yellow (remote wire) to. this is what will tell the lights when to turn on and off.

step number 3-

Connect the blue wire (ground) coming out of the harness to a proper grounding location

Step number 4-

Connect the red (battery hot) to the positive side of your battery.

Step 5-
Enjoy your new lights

If for some reason your lights do not function properly after install the first thing you will want to check are your grounds, are the contacts clean, tight etc. ,next step would be to check your remote wire and make sure that you are connected into the right circuit.

Always remember to make your connections clean and as water tight (heat shrinking a sleeve around your connections, or electrical tape for ease of use) as possible. solder is always the best way to make connections, but not everybody does so.

I would be more than happy to provide detailed pictures for you if need be.

Happy installing,
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:44 PM   #10
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Thanks a lot the Dodson, that's definitely what I was looking for. If it's not too much trouble, could you include some pictures?
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:50 PM   #11
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what they said
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Old 07-27-2010, 06:53 AM   #12
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I would be happy to post pictures
I apologize as I did a clean install (I hid all of my wiring) I did however pull back the edges of the conduit to try to show you some of the connections.






In the above picture you can see where I chose to mount my relay. I went ahead and utilized the top torx head screw one the fuse block located just above the battery



in this above picture you can see where I tied into the High beam circuit... your remote wire will be yellow, the reason mine is green is because I have an extra switch tied in so I can operate them seperately from the highbeams if I choose. you have two choices when tying into the high beam circuit, you can either splice the bottom right wire and tie in or you can do as I did and just plug your wire into where the factory plug connects to the light

this picture shows my grounds. It is okay to wire more than one circuit to the same ground. just make sure the area where grounded is clean bare metal, and try to keep your grounds close to your source I usually try to keep mine within about 16 inches
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Old 07-27-2010, 09:13 PM   #13
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Thank you all for your help, especially the dodson, I finally got them all hooked up correctly and they work great.
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wow - seriously excellent help dodson - saving this away for myself as I plan to install windshield bracket driving lights - though I am unsure as to the best setup, leaning towards just a switch.
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this is perfect. wow. I just mounted these lights on the bumper. me and my friend wired them and tried trouble shooting until about 2 last night.. couldn't figure it out. this will definitely help. thanks

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