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Unread 07-05-2012, 11:28 PM   #1
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i want to install some led light on my 36 volts club car ds. To get 12 volt out of two batterie should i put positive on the first battery and positive on the next battery ???? tried it and it works but how come there is no ground ??? does not seem to works any other way !!!!

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Unread 07-05-2012, 11:44 PM   #2
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Do you have a digital multimeter?
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Unread 07-06-2012, 07:49 AM   #3
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Do you have a digital multimeter?
as G asked do you have meter? if so find 2 batteries that give you 12 volts and run your pos wire to one and your neg wire to the other.....put an inline fuse in and also keep in mind depending on how much you draw from those 2 that they will get weaker before the other 4 and go bad sooner.................................
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If you put the positive wire from the lights on positive post of the first battery and the negative wire from the lights on the negative post of the second battery, you'll have the required 12 volts. Definately put a fuse and a switch in the light wiring!

Using only a couple of the L.E.D. lights in this configuration shouldn't cause much of a problem because they don't pull much voltage normally, but if you add any other style of lights, mutiple sets of L.E.D. lights, and / or a radio I HIGHLY recommend a whole pack voltage converter!

As Shadowman (and others on here) has stated, pulling too much voltage from part of the pack is not good for it and will cause the batteries to go bad sooner.

Using the whole pack to power your accessories causes an even drain across all the batteries and they will charge and run just like normal.

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as G asked do you have meter? if so find 2 batteries that give you 12 volts and run your pos wire to one and your neg wire to the other.....put an inline fuse in and also keep in mind depending on how much you draw from those 2 that they will get weaker before the other 4 and go bad sooner.................................
let say i install lights like a fog light how do i determine wich is the negative or positive wire or it does not matter ?????

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your batteries will be marked pos with a + and neg with a - and yes it matters...............your pos wire has to go to pos on battery and your ground to neg on battery.............everything must be grounded to a battery not to frame or anywhere else........also make sure the 2 batteries you pick give you 12 volts no guessing you,ll blow light bulbs out.................................
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your batteries will be marked pos with a + and neg with a - and yes it matters...............your pos wire has to go to pos on battery and your ground to neg on battery.............everything must be grounded to a battery not to frame or anywhere else........also make sure the 2 batteries you pick give you 12 volts no guessing you,ll blow light bulbs out.................................
how do i determine the neg or pos wire ???
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I also have been having problems with lighting, have also blown two new bulbs, and I do know a little about electricity. My question is, why would my tail lights stay on when I cut my headlights off. I have the positive tailight wire tied into the switch, so to solve problem I put an inline switch in the tailights, It works, but I still know something isn't right, and I was thinking about what was said about grounding to the frame. I wonder if I need to run all new color coded wire directly to battery from both sets of lights and one switch. Sounds like the thing to do. What do you think? I know, sounds like a stupid question.
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On the lights red would be pos, neg would be black. But really doesn't matter on lights
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I also have been having problems with lighting, have also blown two new bulbs, and I do know a little about electricity. My question is, why would my tail lights stay on when I cut my headlights off. I have the positive tailight wire tied into the switch, so to solve problem I put an inline switch in the tailights, It works, but I still know something isn't right, and I was thinking about what was said about grounding to the frame. I wonder if I need to run all new color coded wire directly to battery from both sets of lights and one switch. Sounds like the thing to do. What do you think? I know, sounds like a stupid question.
You should start your own troubleshooting thread, instead of piggybacking on someone else's. It gets people confused on who has what problem.

That said, is your cart an 84 or 95? (you have it listed as those 2 years in your other thread). Is it a 36v or 48v cart? Are you running a voltage reducer?

I would guess that you've got a 48v cart and no voltage reducer, so you're running 16v thru your 12v tail lights, causing the lights to blow.

I would also guess that you've connected your taillights to the wrong side of the switch. A switch will have 12v constant power on one terminal, and switched 12v power on the other terminal.

Both are total wild guesses, but you're not giving us much to work with here!

Check with a multimeter to verify both of these issues.
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