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Wiring Aux Light question
« on: January 19, 2018, 01:53:02 pm »
I already have an aux fuse box installed through a relay that is switched. I have a gps and radar detector already wired into it.

Can I run the LED aux lights right to the aux fuse box or should I wire the lights with it's own relay. 

I have a plug n play wiring harness for the lights but damn it is a lot of wiring to have to hide and looking to just wire the lights to a off/on switch through the aux panel.

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Re: Wiring Aux Light question
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2018, 10:57:27 pm »
You didn’t mention the load of the lights, but since they are LED, chances are the load can be handled by the fuse block. You need to look at the total capacity of the main fuse that feeds the block and keep the total load for all devices connected to it under that value. Devices like a Steble Horn draw a lot of current and are best connected directly to the battery with a relay.

I have my LED running lights connected to the fuse block if that helps.
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Re: Wiring Aux Light question
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2018, 11:12:29 pm »
You didn’t mention the load of the lights, but since they are LED, chances are the load can be handled by the fuse block. You need to look at the total capacity of the main fuse that feeds the block and keep the total load for all devices connected to it under that value. Devices like a Steble Horn draw a lot of current and are best connected directly to the battery with a relay.

I have my LED running lights connected to the fuse block if that helps.

Lights are 10.6 watts each  I think I will be ok, only running a gps and radar detector out of the aux panel now
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Re: Wiring Aux Light question
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2018, 11:31:27 pm »
That’s less than 2 amps of total load. So no doubt you are good. Aren’t LED’s great? 
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Re: Wiring Aux Light question
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2018, 09:00:49 am »
That’s less than 2 amps of total load. So no doubt you are good. Aren’t LED’s great?

Yes they are, and I don't know crap about electricity except it will kill you, or your bike   ;D  The lights are advertised as .86 amps each at 12 volts

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Re: Wiring Aux Light question
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2018, 10:08:45 pm »
I got the hooked up today and they work fine, no blown fuses   :great:

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Re: Wiring Aux Light question
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2018, 09:31:52 pm »
Not using the relay removed a part of the protection. The relay is meant to isolate the circuit and protect the bike. Personally I would still use the relay. Even though it will work doesn't mean you should. Just saying.

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Re: Wiring Aux Light question
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2018, 11:16:20 pm »
Not using the relay removed a part of the protection. The relay is meant to isolate the circuit and protect the bike. Personally I would still use the relay. Even though it will work doesn't mean you should. Just saying.


The aux fuse box is run through a relay.  It is a 3 circuit aux box by Jim at     www.easternbeaver.com
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Re: Wiring Aux Light question
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2018, 12:38:03 am »
Like his products.  Use one of the simple 3 fuse units with 2 switched and 1 unswitched. 

The aux fuse box is run through a relay.  It is a 3 circuit aux box by Jim at     www.easternbeaver.com
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Re: Wiring Aux Light question
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2018, 07:57:10 pm »
Not using the relay removed a part of the protection. The relay is meant to isolate the circuit and protect the bike. Personally I would still use the relay. Even though it will work doesn't mean you should. Just saying.


The aux fuse box is run through a relay.  It is a 3 circuit aux box by Jim at     www.easternbeaver.com


You're right Jerry. Although I still would prefer the redundancy of the separate relay, the fuse block relay does afford isolated protection. My apologies.