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Old 03-24-2013, 01:10 AM   #1
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Rocker switches always on

I've heard people talk about wiring the power for their rocker switches to the dimmer switch so they only light up when the headlights/parking lights are on. Mine are always lit up and I want to change that. Anyone know how to change the wiring on a 2000 TJ so they act this way? Pictures would be appreciated if possible.

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Old 03-24-2013, 04:25 AM   #2
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I just back probed the factory switch plugs with the lights on till I found which wire was for illumination, then tapped into that wire. I cant remember off hand what the colour code is, Ill take a look today

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I just back probed the factory switch plugs with the lights on till I found which wire was for illumination, then tapped into that wire. I cant remember off hand what the colour code is, Ill take a look today
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Should be the orange wire. Maybe from the HVAC panel lights or the radio. I think you can also tap off fuse 3 in the block behind the glove box. (Test it before tapping it.)
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Should be the orange wire. Maybe from the HVAC panel lights or the radio. I think you can also tap off fuse 3 in the block behind the glove box. (Test it before tapping it.)
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Should be the orange wire. Maybe from the HVAC panel lights or the radio. I think you can also tap off fuse 3 in the block behind the glove box. (Test it before tapping it.)
Yeah, I used the orange wire for the radio dimmer.
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Yeah, I used the orange wire for the radio dimmer.
Can you tap into the HVAC wire just as easy cuz I have an aftermarket stereo and the wires are a mess back there.
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Can you tap into the HVAC wire just as easy cuz I have an aftermarket stereo and the wires are a mess back there.
Yes, you can even tap the 12v lighter wire.
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Yes, you can even tap the 12v lighter wire.
That will make them on whenever the ignition is on not just when the headlights are on but that could be a possibility.
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That will make them on whenever the ignition is on not just when the headlights are on but that could be a possibility.


I may have tapped into the ashtray light lead. I don't have an ashtray so I don't know if they even had a light. Although I think my cig lighter had a light attached to it. If my headlights are not on the lower light in the switches does not light up, but if I switch them on the top light, lights up. I am going to be tearing into the dash tomorrow so I will figure out how I ran them.

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I have found all sorts of random wires in the dash from the PO.
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I may have tapped into the ashtray light lead. I don't have an ashtray so I don't know if they even had a light. Although I think my cig lighter had a light attached to it. If my headlights are not on the lower light in the switches does not light up, but if I switch them on the top light, lights up. I am going to be tearing into the dash tomorrow so I will figure out how I ran them.

Picture to show lower vs upper light incase I confused anyone. The left switch is off, right is on.

I have found all sorts of random wires in the dash from the PO.
Good luck trying to sort out those wires
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So i did some digging and checked how i ran power to the lower light of the switches. I have a 97 se soft top. When i pulled the switch panel there was a plug behind the right blank. I spliced into it. This allows me to dim them with the dimmer knob. I did not tap the ashtray or cig lighter as i had mentioned.
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So i did some digging and checked how i ran power to the lower light of the switches. I have a 97 se soft top. When i pulled the switch panel there was a plug behind the right blank. I spliced into it. This allows me to dim them with the dimmer knob. I did not tap the ashtray or cig lighter as i had mentioned.
I have that plug also, any idea what its for?
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invisiblepants where did u get that zombie lights switch
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:19 PM   #15
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sorry to mess up the thread but where did you get those rocker switches from looks nice i wanna hook up my sub and exterior lighting with rockers like that
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:24 PM   #16
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They're from otrattw.com
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They're from otrattw.com
Yep, and their shipping was pretty quick too. Getting ready to order another switch for my aux reverse light.
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another mod i wanna do... where are you mounting them above or under your bumper
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another mod i wanna do... where are you mounting them above or under your bumper
I got a harbor freight spot and am mounting it on top of the rear bumper. I would end up ripping it off when off road if i went under. Im using a hole from the factory milk jug below the license plate. I may add another but first want to see how 1 does. It will be quick $5 mod. I may just tap the reverse wire until i get another switch.
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I got a harbor freight spot and am mounting it on top of the rear bumper. I would end up ripping it off when off road if i went under. Im using a hole from the factory milk jug below the license plate. I may add another but first want to see how 1 does. It will be quick $5 mod. I may just tap the reverse wire until i get another switch.
I actually just did a similar mod, tapped mine into the reverse lights.



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