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Old 10-01-2013, 04:13 PM   #1
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doing some wiring

So I'm adding some led strips and I'm running them to my map light for door on and off but I also want to run a 12v constant to a switch to be able to turn them on as I wish if the doors are closed. Since the door will turn them off when closed and the switch will be only used for the connection of a constant positive to ground. My wiring will be


Positive from map light and the switched 12v constant positive and then single ground. Would this act as

Door on when open. Off when closed

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On when the 12v constant switch is turned on when the door is closed?
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Anyone have any ideas
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What your thinking will work. You may want to run your manual switch off a 12v switched by the ignition to eliminate the possibility of battery drain.
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When I get a chance I'll come up with a diagram that would work for you, I'm in class right now though
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What your thinking will work. You may want to run your manual switch off a 12v switched by the ignition to eliminate the possibility of battery drain.
I was thinking simce its going to MAP lights it will be ok. I will have switches for L and R for the 12v constant anyway


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When I get a chance I'll come up with a diagram that would work for you, I'm in class right now though
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When I get a chance I'll come up with a diagram that would work for you, I'm in class right now though
Lol oh the days of tech school...
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Lol oh the days of tech school...
Yeah, actually its high school but I am still state certified in electrical systems. I was busy on a van last night though so I couldn't make you a diagram last night. Sorry. But 94 was right, if you wanted to wire up a switch to it just do a parallel circuit though the ignition switch to a toggle switch so both have to be on so you don't accidentally leave it on or something like that. Are the led lights going to be interior?
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Yea. They are strips of leds and they will go in eventually.
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The problem with connecting to the positive wire to the map lights is that the map lights are controlled by the delayed entry feature, where they stay on for a short period.

You need to connect to an accessory power source that is controlled by the ignition switch.
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The problem with connecting to the positive wire to the map lights is that the map lights are controlled by the delayed entry feature, where they stay on for a short period.

You need to connect to an accessory power source that is controlled by the ignition switch.
Any tips on the best location?
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Any tips on the best location?
On the fuse panel/block marked "ignition switch". Also, Wire an inline fuse inline with the positive lead going to the ignition.
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Didn't you have a thread on this topic already? And I told you to wire them into your cig lighter with a switch and you'd be doing exactly what everyone else is suggesting.
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Didn't you have a thread on this topic already? And I told you to wire them into your cig lighter with a switch and you'd be doing exactly what everyone else is suggesting.
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My cig lighter is always on. if i plug a charger in with ignition off it still charges my phone. my main purpose is to have them as door open turn on. door closed turn off. and that was for something else. those ended up badly.
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Hmm... mine turns off after RAP ends.
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Well in that case yours will never turn off big dog.
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Hmm... mine turns off after RAP ends.
Mine too.
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