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Wiring Driving lights---Options and Ideas?
« on: July 23, 2012, 09:37:19 pm »
OK, so I want to add a (singular) driving light to my Connie. I'm interested in the DL being on when the bike is running (just like the headlight). I figure if I need have to I can install a ground interrupt to turn it off, but I don't have a real reason to turn it off, as far as I can tell anyways.
Anyone ever wire up their DL's like this?
Any Ideas on HOW to wire the light up like this?

For future reference; I plan on upgrading my headlight to 6K HID and the DL to 5k (I think) HID both 35 watt lights. The idea of 2 different HID colors is different light/different view.

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Re: Wiring Driving lights---Options and Ideas?
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2012, 09:57:12 pm »
Personally, I would interrupt power to a coil of a relay coil to shut them down. Of course that would be using a relay that could be powered from the battery or preferably, a fuse block. Then use the headlight circuit to power the relay coil, with a switch in between. Then you should only come on after the starter has (hopefully) started the bike. Plus you can shut them off if needed.

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Re: Wiring Driving lights---Options and Ideas?
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2012, 09:58:35 pm »
I have installed BikeVis running lights on my Connie.  My install is a bit more complicated,
but I do have them directly wired (no switch).  The power is drawn through a sub-panel
that is relay/switched to the ignition.  In a worse case scenario, I can pull the fuse in the
panel.  Fact is the LED lights draw 2 watts.... not too worried.   :great:

The same sub-panel also powers both 12v Accessory outlets.  This eliminates the worry
of the battery draining if something's left plugged in.
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Re: Wiring Driving lights---Options and Ideas?
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2012, 10:08:29 pm »
I have installed BikeVis running lights on my Connie.  My install is a bit more complicated,
but I do have them directly wired (no switch).  The power is drawn through a sub-panel
that is relay/switched to the ignition.  In a worse case scenario, I can pull the fuse in the
panel.  Fact is the LED lights draw 2 watts.... not too worried.   :great:

The same sub-panel also powers both 12v Accessory outlets.  This eliminates the worry
of the battery draining if something's left plugged in.
I like this idea, can you elaborate on the actual wiring that you did, mainly for the sub panel, the wiring from the sub to the lights (and power outlets) I can figure out myself.

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Re: Wiring Driving lights---Options and Ideas?
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2012, 12:29:13 am »
I like this idea, can you elaborate on the actual wiring that you did, mainly for the sub panel, the wiring from the sub to the lights (and power outlets) I can figure out myself.


I set up the sub panel in a project box from radio shack, for weather resistance.
The fuse block is a 6 fuse block, with a 30A main fuse.  I had one in the parts
drawer... You can get one at Murphskits, or a marine/auto shop.

The wiring is pretty simple.  Take power (+) directly from the battery.  Run that power
wire through a 30A relay then to the fuse panel.  I have a wholloping 3A fuse protecting
the bikevis lights. 

Grounding is done through the chassis for the lights, as well as the relay.
The last wire.... from the relay needs to be connected to a (+) ignition switched wire
I used the rear running light.... I think. (Been a while)

Here's a BASIC schematic:



Here's the fuse box, mounted behind the right side cover.  The box also holds extra fuses
a ground bar, a fuse puller, and some small zip ties.  You can see the wire harness coming out
of the left side (in wire loom) that leads all 4 power wires to the front of the bike.
The small black cube in the upper left is the relay.

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Re: Wiring Driving lights---Options and Ideas?
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2012, 12:58:02 am »
Perfect! Thanks Mcfly. I guess I have some work to do now >:(   :)