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Wiring LED lights in a canopy

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Baller, Sep 20, 2018.

  1. Sep 20, 2018 at 4:05 PM
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    Looking for advice. I'd like to add some LED lights to the interior of my canopy. I'm not thinking it should be too hard, just need to find a source of constant power. Anyone have any experience doing this?
     
  2. Sep 20, 2018 at 6:50 PM
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    An easy source of power is your 12 volt positive wire in your trailer connection. I would use an in-line fuse after the tap and you can run the wire to a switch. I like using PosiTaps for tapping a wire. They make a solid and easy tap. The ground wire could be ran to any good, nearby, ground point.
     
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  3. Sep 20, 2018 at 7:39 PM
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    Or just go straight to the battery with inline fuse.
     
  4. Oct 9, 2018 at 5:36 PM
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    My guess is tap the red wire, right? Those other taps were done by the previous owner.

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  7. Oct 13, 2018 at 11:12 PM
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    Got everything wired up and looking good, flipped the switch and nothing. Get out the volt meter and tested the plug and nothing. I checked the fuse under the hood and it was spent. I replaced the 30A trailer charge fuse and still nothing. I'm running out of ideas. Anyone have something I should be looking into or trying to track down? What's the next on the list at things I need to confirm as working? Thanks for any help you can provide.
     
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    Sounds to me like a short. I don't know where you grabbed power from but that's where I'm guessing your problem is. A faulty ground, in my experience, doesn't usually blow fuses. (Faulty being not a good ground)
    Personally, I'd pull power from an added accessory fuse block like a Blue Sea. But if this is the only accessory you intend to add then a power wire straight off the battery with an inline fuse should be OK. This way you're sure your power supply is good.
    https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&k...id=kwd-298453191268&ref=pd_sl_octztcma3_e_p38
     
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    Adding a fuse block would probably be the best solution to getting power to my lights but, that won't solve my problem of no power getting to my trailer plug. For clarity, I took power off the charging wire going into the plug and that's how I ended up going down this rabbit hole.
     
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    Reverse your steps and fix what you messed up. Then start fresh with what 813Tun says.
     
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    The truck is new-ish to me and I'm as certain as I can be that the problem existed prior to me tapping the wire last night.
     
  12. Oct 14, 2018 at 3:04 PM
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    Ok. Start fishing for cut wires and splices. Painstaking work, but better than paying someone.
     
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    I'm not entirely certain this is always true....

    I like to work on my vehicles and I find very little of it intimidating or not worth it but, electrical problems are something I want little to nothing to do with.
     
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    Have you tried with the key on? Wiring diagram looks like it's only active when the key is switched on. You could pull the relay and jump the terminals to provide a constant voltage.
     

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    I haven't. I'll have to try this out. Thanks for the info. You'd make my day if that's all it is. I've been stewing over having to track down an electrical ground.
     
  16. Oct 15, 2018 at 2:32 PM
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    Ran out over lunch to give this a try and got nothing. I was hoping for an easy fix. :( Truck on and nothing lit up. Checked the fuse and it's still good. If there was a short, wouldn't the fuse pop as soon as I turned the truck on and relay closed the circuit?
     
  17. Oct 15, 2018 at 3:24 PM
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    It's possible the relay is bad.
     
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    Thanks, that'll be the next thing I'll look into. I'd be as happy as a pig in slop if it were a simple plug and play item like a relay. Wish me luck.
     
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    Tested the relay and it worked as it should.

    I got sick of it and wired the lights directly to the battery and now they work like a charm. While I ran the wire, I also tucked up and made tidy some other added wiring, like the backup camera, so that made me feel better.
     

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