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Unread 10-22-2015, 07:19 AM   #1
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I just purchased a 2012 Club Car Precedent and am in the process of rigging it up for hunting here in Southeast Virginia. It has the standard 6 - 8v battery setup. I want to install some LED flood/spot lights on the roof. My question is about which voltage reducer to use. I am not very well versed in electrical issues so please forgive me if I ask silly questions. Is it best to use a 16v to 12v reducer on two of the batteries or should I use a 48v to 12v reducer on the whole battery pack? I do not want to wire it to the key switch but think I would like to have a lighted toggle switch in the dash so I can see when the reducer is on. I have a fear of accidentally leaving it on and draining the batteries of worse. Can anyone give me some advice and recommendations on which reducers to use or stay away from?

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Unread 10-22-2015, 07:26 AM   #2
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Rex,

You definitely want a 48/12 volt reducer (converter). That way, you won't draw down a few of your batteries, creating an imbalance in your pack, shortening their lives. Scotty B (Carts Unlimited) carries one that many on this forum have installed.

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I guess you could switch the reducer but it wont be "on" unless you leave the lights on , the reducer itself wont draw ...

EDIT: I AM WRONG !!!....
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scottyb sells the reducer that uses the carts key switch to activate the reducer or you can have it on all the time and yes it will draw power all the time and could drain batteries over time
http://www.cartsunlimited.net/DC_Reducer.html

here is diagram i did for another member with 4 12v batteries but it is the same for your cart


with toggle switch
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I guess you could switch the reducer but it wont be "on" unless you leave the lights on , the reducer itself wont draw ...
Voltage reducers do consume some juice to operate so you do want them turned off when not in use
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hey left coast !!!
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Voltage reducers do consume some juice to operate so you do want them turned off when not in use
I was not aware of that ...my neighbors cart that I have helped him on sat for long periods of time without any noticeable draw , 36 to 12 wired straight to batteries...

I edited my post to " I AM WRONG".....which is the way every conversation with my wife ends so no biggie...
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I was not aware of that ...my neighbors cart that I have helped him on sat for long periods of time without any noticeable draw , 36 to 12 wired straight to batteries...

I edited my post to " I AM WRONG".....which is the way every conversation with my wife ends so no biggie...
She must be related to my wife.
The draw varies from model to model but they all consume some amperage to work. If left on they can draw down the pack.
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Thanks everybody for all the help. I just need to decide now on what lights to use. I originally thought I wanted to mount them to the underside of the top but after looking at lots of photos, I like the idea of a front brush guard with several lights mounted on the guard.

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