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Unread 07-12-2012, 09:26 AM   #1
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Hella Lights Help

I bought some Hella Lights for my 01 Cherokee.

Not too "Electrically Smart"

Anybody want to post a good vid/pic or step by step instructions?

That would be great, Thanks!

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Unread 07-12-2012, 09:29 AM   #2
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I've seen some pretty descent videos on YouTube on how to install these off road lights. The ones I saw were for Wranglers, but they were pretty descriptive and should be good enough to walk you through yours.
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Unread 07-12-2012, 09:59 AM   #3
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Wiring isn't hard, not hardly at all. It seems confusing at first because there's a lot to take in, but once you have a basic grasp of what is happening then it gets easier and easier to figure out.



Follow that basic diagram. If your lights didn't include a relay, I highly suggest investing into a few relays, Amazon has a 5 pack for dirt cheap:

http://www.amazon.com/AGT-Relay-Harn...e+5+pack+relay

I've bought them, they work exactly as a relay should. From there it's very straightforward if you follow the wiring diagram.
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Unread 07-12-2012, 10:05 AM   #4
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That will definitly be a help. Thanks Guys.

If anybody happens to see a cherokee wiring video, please post.

Thanks.
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Unread 07-12-2012, 01:29 PM   #5
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Wiring isn't hard, not hardly at all. It seems confusing at first because there's a lot to take in, but once you have a basic grasp of what is happening then it gets easier and easier to figure out.



Follow that basic diagram. If your lights didn't include a relay, I highly suggest investing into a few relays, Amazon has a 5 pack for dirt cheap:

http://www.amazon.com/AGT-Relay-Harn...e+5+pack+relay

I've bought them, they work exactly as a relay should. From there it's very straightforward if you follow the wiring diagram.

Hey Xpress, I recently purchased some off-road lights and did not include a relay. They are only 55w per light (2 lights). I have seen several videos about putting in a relay. What's your opinion on putting in a relay and what exactly does a relay do? Does it reduce power through the switch? Thanks
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Unread 07-12-2012, 02:45 PM   #6
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A relay acts as a trigger to turn on lights (or anything electrical) that draws a lot of current. The switch is not carrying the load of the lights.
A relay simply allows you to use a small amount of current to switch a much larger load. If you have lights that draw a lot of current you don't really want to have to run large wires under the dash and use a large switch.
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Unread 07-12-2012, 03:28 PM   #7
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A relay acts as a trigger to turn on lights (or anything electrical) that draws a lot of current. The switch is not carrying the load of the lights.
A relay simply allows you to use a small amount of current to switch a much larger load. If you have lights that draw a lot of current you don't really want to have to run large wires under the dash and use a large switch.
Thanks. I will consider getting a relay then.
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