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Unread 02-21-2007, 05:10 PM   #1
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Looking to wire in two lights for the front and lighter(for spot light)on the camo cart.

Cart 97 cc 48VOLT
Different Marine Battery just for lights.
No more then this for extras (maybe winch but big maybe)

Ran hot wire to switch and lighter
Ran negative cable up.
Best way to ground lighter and lights?
Best way to juice them?
Where do I need to ground battery or no need to?

Really didn't want to put in fuse box.Just fuse it at battery

I thought somewhere someone said not to ground to the cart and to wrap the wires not to touch the frame.This has been done,just looking for the easiest why to hook up lights and lighter.

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Unread 02-21-2007, 08:34 PM   #2
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Hello Floorin04, If you a just going to run lights and a lighter socket you do not have to install an additional fuse block but you should install a fuse in the + (hot) line as close to the battery as possible. The size of the fuse is determined by the size (gauge) of the wire. A # 12 wire 8 to 10 feet long may carry a load of 20 amps where as a # 14 wire of that length may carry only 15 amps. As the length of the wire increases the load capacity goes down. The neg. wire should be connected directly to the battery neg. post. It should be no smaller gauge than the pos. (+) wire but does not require a fuse. You should never use the buggie frame for a ground on an electric cart as this can cause numerous problems. Since you have your wires run from the aux. battery to your lighter socket and light switch you need only to connect the ground (neg.) to the metal case or core of the socket. Most automotive lighter sockets provide a "tab" to slide a 1/4" flag type terminal. If not you will need to solder a wire to the case. If your lighter has 2 wires just connect the red (most often) to pos. and the black to neg. For the lights run a wire from the other side of your switch to the "hot" side of the lights. Run a wire from the other side of the lights to the same ground as you used for the lighter. This should get your lights working, just remember to protect your wiring from damage where ever it is below the buggie or goes thru any hole in the body or frame using something like plastic "split-loom" available from any auto parts store. Let me know if you need any additional help. Car53...
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Hello Floorin04, If you a just going to run lights and a lighter socket you do not have to install an additional fuse block but you should install a fuse in the + (hot) line as close to the battery as possible. The size of the fuse is determined by the size (gauge) of the wire. A # 12 wire 8 to 10 feet long may carry a load of 20 amps where as a # 14 wire of that length may carry only 15 amps. As the length of the wire increases the load capacity goes down. The neg. wire should be connected directly to the battery neg. post. It should be no smaller gauge than the pos. (+) wire but does not require a fuse. You should never use the buggie frame for a ground on an electric cart as this can cause numerous problems. Since you have your wires run from the aux. battery to your lighter socket and light switch you need only to connect the ground (neg.) to the metal case or core of the socket. Most automotive lighter sockets provide a "tab" to slide a 1/4" flag type terminal. If not you will need to solder a wire to the case. If your lighter has 2 wires just connect the red (most often) to pos. and the black to neg. For the lights run a wire from the other side of your switch to the "hot" side of the lights. Run a wire from the other side of the lights to the same ground as you used for the lighter. This should get your lights working, just remember to protect your wiring from damage where ever it is below the buggie or goes thru any hole in the body or frame using something like plastic "split-loom" available from any auto parts store. Let me know if you need any additional help. Car53...
Thanks for the info!!!!I thought i had everything run correctly but wasn't sure if I had to ground the extra battery to the cart.I used the plastic loom and taped and tied to the frame rails.And I wanted to confirm not to ground to the frame.
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Glad to be of help...One thing I forgot to mention in the previous post, If the lights that you are using have metal housings or ground through the mounting bolt or stud make sure that the mount is kept isolated from the cart frame as well.
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