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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-23-2012, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy HELP! LED hookup under bike

Can someone give me some direction? I want to hook up one red LED lamp under my bike onto the frame, so the ground under my ride glows red after dark. Sounds cool, but where is the safest place to tap power from so that it worx with the ignition switch in the on position? I found there is a hot and a ground behind the right side panel specifically for accessories, but it will not turn off with the ignition switch, I did an experiment on my bench - a hot, a ground, to a 3 pole illuminated rocker switch, to the LED. On the first hookup, the rocker light and the LED both worked, but would not turn off with the switch. I switched the wires around, and got some magic smoke and burned the switch out. Can someone help?
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wire it up as if you were installing driving lights as per this thread
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Thanks, I will try your suggestion. Please, no more magic smoke!!!!!
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Thanks, I will try your suggestion. Please, no more magic smoke!!!!!
as with all electrical and electronic components, you must keep the smoke inside them....they will not work if the smoke is let out

What type of rocker switch are you trying to wire up?

I would wire it through a relay as Slim suggested above (with an inline fuse) and then you can use your switch to turn them on and off as long as the ignition is in the "on" position.
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I wired up my kit with a wireless 12v switch so I didn't have to mount any external switches. Pretty easy to do and they are reasonably cheap on the bay. Search 12v wireless switch.... just trying to offer alternet solutions.
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I wired up my kit with a 12 volt wireless switch.....

Guess it's just lack of sleep.... But I found that funny.

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Guess it's just lack of sleep.... But I found that funny.
Yeah guess I didn't think of that. I could have said hooked mine up... antihistamines make me fuzzy headed.
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One can not be truly wired, until they are wireless...
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