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post #1 of 11 Old 11-13-2013, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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How to: DIY lighting

I read about a lot of you installing lighting and I have not tackled any myself yet? Can anyone explain in great detail and step by step how to wire up auxiliary lighting? I would like to mount some long distance lights on my windshield, but refuse to pay the ridiculous install prices.

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-13-2013, 05:51 PM
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With any light kit you buy there should be instruction included. Installation is pretty straight forward, positive and negative wires. You will spend more time running the wires then you will hooking the lights up.
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Thanks, but what about relays and things?
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-13-2013, 09:16 PM
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post #5 of 11 Old 11-13-2013, 10:43 PM
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relays are easy and so is wiring. Do not go cheap on wire and connectors, but Don't forget to use a fuse and properly ground. Yahoo search 12V relay and follow the instructions.

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Your lights should have come with relay instructions unless they are used or uber cheap. If not we can help.

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post #7 of 11 Old 11-14-2013, 02:04 AM
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-14-2013, 09:09 AM
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Like already mentioned installing aftermarket lights isn’t all that difficult. Since this seems to be the first time (we’ve all had our first time moments) you’ve done this it can seem a bit intimidating but not to worry. Just remember to hook up the power source for your lights to the battery and not spliced into the JK’s electrical system.

The hard part, if you can call it that, is routing the wires in such a way as to not look like a hack job and the location for the switch inside the cab. Just take your time and think it through. After your install is finished and your lights turn on for the first time you’ll feel like a pro and never worry about future installs again.

Also already mentioned is the fact that in the light kit you buy there will be directions to follow as far as the wiring. For the most part a relay should be included and have wires already attached, again with instructions as to where they go.
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A relay may sound intimidating but all it is is a way to control a large amp circuit with a small amp circuit. That's it. Just putting a switch between the battery and accessory would mean that the switch would have to be rated for the same or more amperage as the accessory. That could be rather a large switch for some accessories. The relay eliminates the need for a very large switch.
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-14-2013, 09:26 AM
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I can tell you for a fact, that KC light kits come with everything you need to wire them (Harness, relay, switch) Basically you wire the lights to the relay. Then run the wire to a switch inside the cab. Then you power the relay strait from the battery. The relay handles the power and the switch lets the power travel to the lights. DC wiring is pretty much like water. It runs in one direction. You just have to make sure it flows. If there is a break, the power stops flowing.
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post #11 of 11 Old 11-14-2013, 08:55 PM
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well I install any type, shape or form of lighting and 12 volt toys/accessories. Question I have is, what is everyone either charging or are shops asking to get paid to install them? Just curious... Thanks for any input back.

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