How would I wire this?

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by doyouquaxu, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. doyouquaxu

    doyouquaxu FUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    Here's the deal:

    I currently have a 30" LED light bar for my front bumper. Its white light, and sucks in the dust. I just picked up some amber LEDs i'm going to mount on the front as well. I already have a buggman modded bezel/fog light switch with full harness powering the 30".

    What I want to do is wire it so that the fog light switch is the main power, then i have a secondary switch to select the white or amber light.

    HOW? Some people have said relays, others say don't bother. What i was thinking of doing is getting a 3 way switch. Have the 'hot' wire from the buggman harness run to the 3 way switch. One way is amber, the other way is white. Thoughts, opinions, and diagrams are welcome.
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  3. hazard-maine

    hazard-maine northern ranger driver

    my head hurts trying figure that out
  4. OP

    doyouquaxu FUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    never mind, i figured it out already!
  5. hazard-maine

    hazard-maine northern ranger driver

    do share this
  6. OP

    doyouquaxu FUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    from the switch in the bezel, when you press a button it sends power through a signal wire to a relay under the hood (connected to the battery, ground, the lights, the signal wire).

    the solution now is to send the signal wire to a new switch. from there, you can select white or amber (or splice it to 2 separate switches to select white, amber or both). all i have to do is install another relay harness under the hood, which i conveniently have an extra of from a different set of lights.

    i hope that made sense. finals fried my brain, and i've been up almost 24 hours lol. viva redbull
  7. hazard-maine

    hazard-maine northern ranger driver

    i have an easier idea, get amber lens cover for white led bar
  8. OP

    doyouquaxu FUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    its no fun to have to stop driving to get out and put the light covers on.
  9. OP

    doyouquaxu FUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    i just sent a PM to buggman to double check that this will work, but i believe it should. normally the fog switches are 'ground switches', but his harness changes that to make them like a normal switch. so i think it should.
  10. hazard-maine

    hazard-maine northern ranger driver

    it will only take like 5 seconds
  11. Demon

    Demon I take no prisoners!

    glad u figured it out man. pics when finished please.
  12. OP

    doyouquaxu FUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    buggman confirmed that what i said above will work. now i just gotta get the lights mounted, run wiring, and find a place for this second switch.
  13. OP

    doyouquaxu FUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    wiring is so fun, except when sh!t doesn't work! i can power up the 30" bar completely fine, but when i flip the new switch i just wired for the ambers nothing happens. no relay click, nothing. tried a new fuse, tried a new relay, different connection for power, no good.

    only thing i could think is that my switch is bad, or the signal wire is. hard to tell. but my stupid self put the switch in a place that is great to reach on the outside, but a PITA to get to on the back side. fuc&.

    anyone else have any thoughts to what it could be
  14. klinger86

    klinger86 Moderator

    could you have miss wired the switch.... i have done that a couple of times....
  15. OP

    doyouquaxu FUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    nah, tried that. hooked up the switch in every possible combination. also eliminated the switch entirely. i believe now that the wire used to connect to the amber relay is sh!tty and is the problem.
  16. OP

    doyouquaxu FUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    i figured it out. i need to buy more colors of wire or label things better. one of the wires i thought went to the LED bar was actually 12v. the wire i thought was 12v was actually to the LED bar. so thats why i could connect what i thought was 12v and the led they worked, but when i connected what i thought was 12v to the ambers they didn't.
  17. klinger86

    klinger86 Moderator

    Label things better its cheaper. Lol
  18. Brinker88

    Brinker88 Black sheep o' the family

    I never use relays with LED lighting. Its pointless with the amperage they put out (little to none)
  19. OP

    doyouquaxu FUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    yeah but with the buggman fog harnesses, the relays are necessary to get them to work.
  20. Brinker88

    Brinker88 Black sheep o' the family

    Ah gotcha
  21. Scrambler82

    Scrambler82 Old Guy User

    I didn’t read every word so let me ask, R U up and running ?

    R U Running Fog Lights and are they off the same switch/buggman harness ?

    Do you have more than one light switch built in the Bezel ?

    After the Buggman harness all you need is a SPDT (single pole double throw) switch, one with three tabs on the back, output from the buggman harness to the center pole, amber off one of the others and white off the other.

    Relay is not needed except that buggman includes one in his harness.

    Make sure all of the grounds are connected to bare metal.
    Last edited: May 7, 2012

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