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Big Lights... Wire Gauge?
Posted 10 June 2006 - 12:35 AM
So what would you use for that sort of power draw? 8 gauge? something around that size?
I have access to some really nice wire, with the heavy duty rubber coating... i think it's about 8 gauge... the wires create a diameter of about 1/8"...
Any electricians want to help me out here?
Also, do you know where i could get a good relay for there?
Posted 10 June 2006 - 03:09 AM
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Posted 10 June 2006 - 04:05 PM
Posted 10 June 2006 - 04:31 PM
Posted 10 June 2006 - 04:34 PM
But yeah... don't buy a 'wiring kit' just get some wire, and relays, and do it all yourself, don't get ripped off
I've been looking for good relays.. i think PIAA has some, or maybe hella... they're pricy, but i think they'll take the abuse.
maybe this one?
Posted 10 June 2006 - 04:36 PM
Maybe i'll look around on ebay and see what comes up.
Posted 10 June 2006 - 06:17 PM
Posted 10 June 2006 - 11:55 PM
Wire: I've been having good luck using a heavy duty extension cord that I cut one end off with a skil saw. Think it started out as a 100' 12 guage cord. I've now wired lights and stuff on at least three cars and there's still plenty of cord left. Sounds funky I know, but hey it has tough solvent resistant insulation and you can run three switch to relay circuits through one chunk of wire so there's less mess under the dash.
Posted 11 June 2006 - 12:02 AM
theres no risk using a toggle switch over a relay, just gotta make sure they are able to handle the load but even still you will burn out the switches eventually... wont harm your lights in any way.
I've seen residential light switches used successfully in cars...just looks a little different.
Posted 11 June 2006 - 10:38 PM
And there are 4 rows of volvo's in the junkyard. Do you have a location where I can find these relays?
Posted 12 June 2006 - 01:30 PM
Posted 12 June 2006 - 01:54 PM
also a good source of fuses
Posted 12 June 2006 - 02:25 PM
maybe only 1 gone bad in the last 7 years....
I've got a bunch of metal casing relays scavenged from soobs but haven't used 'em yet....
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