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Concours 14 Discussion (C14 / ZG1400 / 1400GTR) => Accessories C14 => Topic started by: RWS on January 23, 2018, 04:40:50 pm

Title: Running aux lights off accessory leads?
Post by: RWS on January 23, 2018, 04:40:50 pm
Hi there,

I’m looking to mount some aux lights on my 2016 C14 and I’m tempted to just run them from the front accessory leads as it would be much more convenient than running a new set of wires from the battery.  Since most switches that come with wiring harnesses seem to be rated at 4A or greater, can I just forget about the relay that came with the aux lights and wire the switch and lights straight into the accessory leads?  The lights are rated at 2.5A combined and last time I checked math, 4 was still greater than 2.5 - lol. 

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Running aux lights off accessory leads?
Post by: Cap'n Bob on January 26, 2018, 09:27:26 pm
Could it be done, yes. But why? It's better to use the relay. The auxiliary circuit is better used for it's intended uses. Not using the relay removes a lot of the lighting circuits isolated protection by removing said relay. Where as using the relay as part of it's intended lighting circuit is a better protected circuit, not exposing the auxiliary circuit/fuse as your only protection from a short. It keeps the circuit isolated from the bikes other circuits. As such, better protected. Short cuts don't always hurt you. But sometimes they hurt really bad. Why chance fate with unnecessary short cuts?