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Power for Driving Lights
Just purchased a pair of 35 watt driving lights to mount on the crash bars.

The kit comes with a switch and inline fuse. Where would be a good place
to get power from ? Is there somewhere that makes sense ?

Thanks
Jim
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#1 05-23-2012, 08:11 PM,
actually there are several ways to get the power,both end up getting the power directly from the battery,the bikes system is not designed to handle the additional power thru it
1)wire the switch to the battery thru the fuse and after the switch power goes to the lights,with that system lights can be used with or w/o key on (not recc)
2) 2nd way is to wire lights using a 30amp relay,fused power from the battery to the relay input,power to run the relay goes thru a switch which has power only when the key is on(recc way)
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#2 05-23-2012, 08:44 PM,
The second way, using a relay, is highly recommended, use the switched wire with it's power taken from the accessory terminal in the fuse block (very low power draw) and then the full load of the lights drawn directly from the battery through its own inline fuse.

The bikes stock wiring is not designed for much more of a load than the bike uses itself.
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#3 05-23-2012, 09:01 PM,
I agree with neo,, use a relay to supply the power to the lights. Then use an accesory power source to turn the relay on. The relay works best because it supplies power direct from the battery to lights instead of going from battery to switch to lights.
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#4 05-23-2012, 09:03 PM,
I notice they are 35 Watt.

I would install a volt meter so that you can see the state of the battery at all times.


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#5 05-24-2012, 04:13 AM,
This will will work. It is the same Tricky



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#6 05-24-2012, 09:31 AM,
schematics are good but the picture version is alot better for a novice

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#7 05-24-2012, 09:57 AM,
For any future expansion of electrical needs, you could put a new fuse block from the *87 post of the relay. Here's a photo of my expansion fuse block and the relay. The relay goes directly to the battery.


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#8 05-24-2012, 01:28 PM,
Then again you could do this, a little more expensive though


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#9 05-24-2012, 02:26 PM,
Is that the fuse block that you can chose each circuit to be keyed or not keyed by the ignition? Some day I will upgrade to that kind of set up.
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#10 05-24-2012, 02:38 PM,
Thats the one
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