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Old 02-28-2013, 12:42 PM   #1
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Multiple light/switch setup.

I'm looking into adding some fog/driving lights to my 2006 TJ, but have a different setup in mind. I'd like to run fog lights, driving lights on windshield, and possibly additional backup lights (maybe even trail lights underneath). That being said, I'd like to run one switch for each set but then have an override switch that turns them all on at the same time. Any ideas on if/how this can be accomplished safely?

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Old 02-28-2013, 07:44 PM   #2
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It gets slightly tough without any wiring knowledge. Use google and look for wiring configurations

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Old 02-28-2013, 09:14 PM   #3
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What exactly do you want?

1 switch - fog
1 switch - driving
1 switch - rear
1 switch - all

2 fogs @ 55w ea
2 driver @ 100w ea
Dot-R reverse fogs @ 35w ea (or 55w fogs?)

Sum it up?
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What exactly do you want?

1 switch - fog
1 switch - driving
1 switch - rear
1 switch - all

2 fogs @ 55w ea
2 driver @ 100w ea
Dot-R reverse fogs @ 35w ea (or 55w fogs?)

Sum it up?
Yeah, I really don't have the exact setup in mind. Here's what's driving my question; currently I have some POS Walmart fog lights that previous owner installed. I hate them and want to redo those and add some more lighting. In looking through other threads on ideas I saw this switch that someone is using.

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And my thought was to run one switch for each light setup but then have this switch as an override for all to turn them on without having to touch the other switches too. I hope that makes sense.
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:08 PM   #5
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Simple. Wire the lights just as you would normally but splice that switches control lead into contact 86 of whatever relay you want to come on with it.

There are other ways, but that one works & needs nothing extra but some wires and connectors.
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Simple. Wire the lights just as you would normally but splice that switches control lead into contact 86 of whatever relay you want to come on with it.

There are other ways, but that one works & needs nothing extra but some wires and connectors.
Hehe, it has been a long day. Don't do that, it will give backfeed issues.

I'll get back to ya once i can rest my brain.
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This is what I would do:

Attachment 216537

Basically, you'd be installing everything with a redundant system. The Zed switch would work at any time, key or not. The 3 direct switches would be only active while the ignition is on.

You could ditch the 1st high amp relay controlled from ignition if you want the lights to always work, key or not. It isn't really needed.

You would need an extra inline fuse or 2, a higher amp relay (80A should work for 3 or 4 light sets), a fuse panel, and some extra wires/connectors. Probably 50-75$ beyond a simple install, but it'd work for a very long time. Be cautious of running anything over 10A through a switch, especially a cheap switch. I have burnt up quite a few over the years myself.

Let me know if ya have any questions.
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I'm looking into adding some fog/driving lights to my 2006 TJ, but have a different setup in mind. I'd like to run fog lights, driving lights on windshield, and possibly additional backup lights (maybe even trail lights underneath). That being said, I'd like to run one switch for each set but then have an override switch that turns them all on at the same time. Any ideas on if/how this can be accomplished safely?
A-pillar mount has 4 blanks use one posn for master & then 3 subs. Use Rigid floods for reverse lights and piggyback white w/red wire behind turn signal for power. The LEDs don't draw enough to overload the system. I mounted two on my GOBI roof rack and they are awesome! I also bought OTRATTW light switches. "Sasquatch light, Zoombie Targeting System, etc..." They have to be sanded narrower by 3/64 but is VERY easy to do. A-pillar was $25 and switches were cheap!
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This is what I would do:

Attachment 216537

Basically, you'd be installing everything with a redundant system. The Zed switch would work at any time, key or not. The 3 direct switches would be only active while the ignition is on.

You could ditch the 1st high amp relay controlled from ignition if you want the lights to always work, key or not. It isn't really needed.

You would need an extra inline fuse or 2, a higher amp relay (80A should work for 3 or 4 light sets), a fuse panel, and some extra wires/connectors. Probably 50-75$ beyond a simple install, but it'd work for a very long time. Be cautious of running anything over 10A through a switch, especially a cheap switch. I have burnt up quite a few over the years myself.

Let me know if ya have any questions.
Just use LEDs with the master switch thru a fuse directly to the battery. My 40" rigid draws very little considering how much light it puts out. My PIAAs (85w) Ion Crystal fogs have their own relay and modular wiring (very easy). Your problem is finding the reverse wire near the dash. I piggybacked from the light itself with two LEDs no problem. They work and look GREAT!
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This is what I would do:

Attachment 216537

Basically, you'd be installing everything with a redundant system. The Zed switch would work at any time, key or not. The 3 direct switches would be only active while the ignition is on.

You could ditch the 1st high amp relay controlled from ignition if you want the lights to always work, key or not. It isn't really needed.

You would need an extra inline fuse or 2, a higher amp relay (80A should work for 3 or 4 light sets), a fuse panel, and some extra wires/connectors. Probably 50-75$ beyond a simple install, but it'd work for a very long time. Be cautious of running anything over 10A through a switch, especially a cheap switch. I have burnt up quite a few over the years myself.

Let me know if ya have any questions.
Very nice flow chart/diagram BlueRidge!
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This is what I would do:


Basically, you'd be installing everything with a redundant system. The Zed switch would work at any time, key or not. The 3 direct switches would be only active while the ignition is on.

You could ditch the 1st high amp relay controlled from ignition if you want the lights to always work, key or not. It isn't really needed.

You would need an extra inline fuse or 2, a higher amp relay (80A should work for 3 or 4 light sets), a fuse panel, and some extra wires/connectors. Probably 50-75$ beyond a simple install, but it'd work for a very long time. Be cautious of running anything over 10A through a switch, especially a cheap switch. I have burnt up quite a few over the years myself.

Let me know if ya have any questions.


This flow chart was right on time! Thanks - other than the master this is exactly what I was looking for this morning. Not doing three sets at once but when I install my fogs I'll set up the wiring and switches for additional front and rear lighting later. Using aircraft-style toggles with the flip-up covers.

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