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Unread 02-29-2008, 04:08 AM   #1
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Hella 500 lights wiring

I recently bought a 2000 jeep cherokee from a private seller. the truck is raised with offroad tires and whatnot. the guy i bought it from mounted hella lights on the front bumper, and said he wired them, just not all the way. there are two wires running from the lights to under my front seat, and he gave me a switch. he said all i had to do was connect the wires and switch and the lights would work, and i did that but nothing happened. any suggestions on something i could check/change to make the lights work?

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Unread 02-29-2008, 04:54 AM   #2
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If i were you, i wouldnt trust the PO's wiring. The lights should be wired with a relay, to give them maximum brightness. http://www.suvlights.com/images/aux_wiring_diagrams.jpg

Use something like that to help get you started.
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As was already posted, for safety reasons and common practice, use a relay and inline fuse in your wiring harness along with at least 16ga. wiring for legal wattage bulbs. You may also want to look into tapping into your high beam circuit if you only want the light active with your high beams.
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Unread 02-29-2008, 05:39 AM   #4
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there should be 3 wires going into your driver side compartment. One from the battery, one ground, and one from the lights. is there one from the battery? if not look for a ground? he must have a wire coming from lights.
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Hella's website isn't loading right now, but they have wiring instructions.
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Unread 02-29-2008, 12:12 PM   #6
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Hella's website isn't loading right now, but they have wiring instructions.
Here it is (4.5 MB!) http://www.hella.com/produktion/Hell...structions.pdf

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Going in another direction, did it have the factory fog lights, if so you can just use those wires. It uses the same 55 watt bulbs as the factory fogs.
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If you take your time and follow the hella instructions, and even do a mock up before hand it will go pretty easy. My first time with wire was when I recently put the 500's on my rubi and it came out great. It took some time but I had to be patient and I mocked everything up first then connected the battery and grounds to test if the lights worked, then reassembled the whole thing except on my truck.
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do you have to hook the wire up to the high beams? I kinda want to be able to use my lights on high and low if it is ever needed. If it is required which color wire is for the high beams?
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anything guys ? i need to know before i get everything mounted
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the Hellas should be wired independently of any factory wiring. Supply power to the relay from the battery, then from the relay to the lights. ground the lights. supply power to the switch and from the switch to the signal terminal on the relay, ground relay. done.
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thanks for all the help! the lights are up and running. now im looking for a set of four lights to mount on my roof. anyone know where i can find a good set?
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do you have to hook the wire up to the high beams? I kinda want to be able to use my lights on high and low if it is ever needed. If it is required which color wire is for the high beams?
I tapped the high beam relay for the trigger on the driving light relay on both rigs. That's the 'proper' way to do it. Your driving lights should not come on with the low beams as it violates DOT specs, IIRC. If you want to be able to switch them off and on, then the switch goes on the ground wire for the relay.

If you absolutely need them to come off and on independently of the headlights, I'd recommend running the trigger off of a switched +12v source and putting the switch on the relay ground. Keep in mind though that it is illegal to run auxiliary lights without headlights in most states and it is discourteous and illegal to run driving lights with your low beams when there is oncoming traffic.

Fog lights should be wired to come on with low beams, driving lights should be wired to come on with high beams.
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thanks for all the help! the lights are up and running. now im looking for a set of four lights to mount on my roof. anyone know where i can find a good set?
Try these guys. They're located in the same city as Hella HQ.

http://ptcfactoryoutlet.com/products...furbished.html

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I tapped the high beam relay for the trigger on the driving light relay on both rigs. That's the 'proper' way to do it. Your driving lights should not come on with the low beams as it violates DOT specs, IIRC. If you want to be able to switch them off and on, then the switch goes on the ground wire for the relay.

If you absolutely need them to come off and on independently of the headlights, I'd recommend running the trigger off of a switched +12v source and putting the switch on the relay ground. Keep in mind though that it is illegal to run auxiliary lights without headlights in most states and it is discourteous and illegal to run driving lights with your low beams when there is oncoming traffic.

Fog lights should be wired to come on with low beams, driving lights should be wired to come on with high beams.
I dont want to run them with the high beams on i want them to run with the low beams on so i can have them as my long range lighting and my low beams for the close range. I don't plan on using them on the street unless absolutely necessary. I guess i will hook them up per the instructions and see what i get then thanks for the input
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