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Unread 09-28-2009, 05:24 PM   #1
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wiring my lights need help!

I need to find a fuse in my fuse box near my door for ignition power does anyone know where this is? I need help asap

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Unread 09-28-2009, 07:57 PM   #2
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The one the radio is on is always a good choice for things you dont want on when the jeep is off.
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Unread 09-29-2009, 09:34 AM   #3
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well last night we found a power all time hot spot for now to wire my lights to, (just have to remember to turn them off) we tried to turn them on last night and blew a fuse. the inline fuse near the battery blew, what did we wire up wrong? any ideas? the light on the button on the inside works fine, just the lights dont work. going to try to fix it after I get out of work any suggestions for how to fix it would be appreciated.

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Unread 09-29-2009, 09:55 AM   #4
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Bad ground or a short somewhere.

Try fuse 22 or fuse 12. Both are only hot while in the "run" position.
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Bad ground or a short somewhere.

Try fuse 22 or fuse 12. Both are only hot while in the "run" position.
are those fuses the same for my 96 zj? I don't think its a short, might be a bad ground somewhere.
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are those fuses the same for my 96 zj? I don't think its a short, might be a bad ground somewhere.
Yes, those fuses came from the FSM for a 96. I dont remember what they do now, but both of them are only hot when in the "run" position.
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awesome, would having that plugged into a full time power source cause a short? or is it just the bad ground? Ill have to try to fix it if it ever stops raining
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I was just thinking into this a little more....what exactly are you using the fuse in the junction block for? Most lighting setups will go from directly off the battery>fuse>relay from the relay you should have one to the switch, one wire to a ground and one wire to each light (or two depending on if there is a common ground for the lights). The junction block should really not be involved.
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I was just thinking into this a little more....what exactly are you using the fuse in the junction block for? Most lighting setups will go from directly off the battery>fuse>relay from the relay you should have one to the switch, one wire to a ground and one wire to each light (or two depending on if there is a common ground for the lights). The junction block should really not be involved.
I am hooking up the switch to the fusebox for power trying to get only ignition power, because I was told you do this to bypass having to wire the switch to the highbeams, the lights have a common ground.
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Unless he is using a relay like he should be.
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I am using the relay that came with the lights
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If a relay came with the lights, I'd wire it directly to the battery, and run a switch into the cab to turn the relay on. Then make sure you have good grounds. Don't be trying to run off other accessories, bad bad practice. Especially for lights.

What kind of lights are these?
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More or less?

Clearly not drawn to scale.

Edit: the link I used is actually to the updated photo with a battery lead coming off of the relay. It is just taking photobucket forever to update the link.
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If a relay came with the lights, I'd wire it directly to the battery, and run a switch into the cab to turn the relay on. Then make sure you have good grounds. Don't be trying to run off other accessories, bad bad practice. Especially for lights.

What kind of lights are these?
I dont think he is actually running the lights off of the accessories in the junction block. Just the switch to control the relay. The actual power from the lights will be drawn from the battery lead to the relay. Which still is not a very good thing to do. And is probably where your short is coming from.
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More or less?

Clearly not drawn to scale.

Edit: the link I used is actually to the updated photo with a battery lead coming off of the relay. It is just taking photobucket forever to update the link.
so is this how it should be wired?
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