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Unread 10-27-2009, 10:50 AM   #1
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Default Hooking up lights

I have some 12 volt lights I want to hook up to my 48 volt cc. Do I just hook a switch into any battery or is there a certain way.

Just spent a lot of money getting the electrical fixed and I dont want to mess it up.

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Unread 10-27-2009, 01:21 PM   #2
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If you do that to the first batt all you will have is 8v and very dim lights get a voltage reducer from one of the site sponsors,Dave
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Unread 10-27-2009, 01:46 PM   #3
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Or as my cart is wired go across 2 batteries and get 16 Volts.
Upside is these are really bright.
Downside if you do not occasionally move to 2 different batteries it will eventually
cause premature aging of the 2 batteries which are connected.
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Gary ,how long will 12v bulbs last on 16v,jus wonderin.Dave
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Had mine for 4 years this way, but I don't usee them much. Normal car voltage is 13.5 to 14.5 volts with engine running.
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Gary ,how long will 12v bulbs last on 16v,jus wonderin.Dave
longer than 2 years , this is as long as I'v had them on the cart .
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Those bulbs will probably stand that voltage for a long time. I`ve tested alot of late model automotive alternators that were charging at 16 + volts from the factory. I`ve also tested some with defective regulators that were putting out close to 30 volts, they were cooking batteries, but the lights survived. LOL I`ve wired a number of carts this way and the bulbs seem to last ok. Of course vibration and jarring from constantly riding hard on rough terrain can take its toll on bulbs, even with the correct voltage.
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Guess I should have said it is for neons. I already have factory headlights. Can they be wired into them? With a seperate switch?

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Guess I should have said it is for neons. .........................Thanks
That will depend on the design of the power supply/transformer for your lights. !6 volts may be beyond the upper limit for the input. I would check with the mfg, or just plan on getting the voltage reducer/adapter.
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Guess I should have said it is for neons. I already have factory headlights. Can they be wired into them? With a seperate switch?

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