Originally Posted by MSHarnett
Hmmm, lets see here
5 X 55W= 275W
2 X 130W= 260W
2 X 80W= 160W
damn almost 700W in just lighting
I have a 800W amp for the stereo.
I plan to add rock lights at some piont
I guess thats really it, mostly lighhting.
Well lets see 700 W divided by 12 Volts equals almost 60 amps.
When you put those lights on, make sure nothing else is on, unless you have a 100-amp Alternator min and we haven't even turned on the 800W amp.
What I would do is use a Terminal Strip/Block for the lighting and one for all the other stuff.
Run the power to high amperage draw components, i.e. winch and amp, directly to the battery or a terminal stud and fuse accordingly.
By using the Terminal Strip(s) you will clean up the battery post clutter and the rewiring of the strip will allow you to label all of the wire (will help in future projects).
As sentinal02 stated (Nice Box) a control box or terminal box can be used also, depends on how far you want to go.
Terminal Strip(s) under the hood will do the same thing or in stead of using standard terminal strips you could use a fused terminal. This allows for a main-power wire in and a lot of smaller amperage draw components out of fused terminals (Like a standard fuse box).
How far you want to take it is up to you, I like the terminal strips with clear plastic covers but there again how far do YOU want to take it ?
Take your time, think about it, DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME !
Any questions just ask some one here will always have an answer.
I was just looking at the connectors you pic'd-out on your fist post, NICE, but all you do with them is straighten out the connector clutter, not the wire clutter at the battery.