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Unread 05-14-2009, 10:55 AM   #1
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Default Light kit - can it work with brake switch and turn signal?

http://www.everythingcarts.com/p-419...light-kit.aspx

This kit seems to be pretty common, is it pre-wired to support a turn-signal switch and brake-pedal switch? Not mentioned in any description I can find here or elsewhere.

I'm thinking of getting the 25A reducer as my daughter also wants a spot bar on the roof - is this going to be enough, or should I just run a dedicated battery for the 12V system?

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Unread 05-14-2009, 11:02 AM   #2
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Default Re: Light kit - can it work with brake switch and turn signal?

Yes that kit will allow for turn/brake lights. A 25 amp reducer will probably cost you more than an extra battery. I would go with an extra battery and be done.
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Default Re: Light kit - can it work with brake switch and turn signal?

Well, you wanted opinions. I'd go with the reducer. One less battery to buy and maintain.
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Default Re: Light kit - can it work with brake switch and turn signal?

Thanks! Yup, the reducer means I don't have to worry about charging the extra battery. It does limit my total power somewhat, however. It would be nice to be able to put 5 100W floods up on top.. :)

Decisions, decisions.
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Default Re: Light kit - can it work with brake switch and turn signal?

I don't have the formula, but 500 watts from a single 12v battery might last an hour or two.
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Default Re: Light kit - can it work with brake switch and turn signal?

Depends on the battery.. :)

Looking for a higher capacity reducer, OR - could run three lights, off pairs of the 6x6V batteries used for drive. Wiring isn't an issue for me, although that's a lot of wire. Probably use flat speaker wire..
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Default Re: Light kit - can it work with brake switch and turn signal?

500w/12volts= 41.666 amps. You will need atleast a 50 amp converter to run 42 amp continuous.

The biggest one I can find is 40 amps (32 continuous) and its a large unit (physically). I cant even find a price on it, but the 20 amp model retails for $166.75.
If you are going to run that size lights, you need good size wire and relays per pair. You will not find a DC-DC converter that will supply 50 amps, and if you do, it will be A LOT cheaper to go with an extra battery. You could actually buy a battery and an onboard charger for less than you can buy a voltage reducer.

Probably a better alternative to make both your daughter and the batteries happy is LED driving lights. She will get her spotlights and the LED lights pull WAAAAY less power.
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Default Re: Light kit - can it work with brake switch and turn signal?

Understood - but it won't light up the night like 500W of real power.. :)

Actually, I'm looking at the LED floodlights you can buy now for A/C replacements. Thinking of perhaps making my own 36V floodlight system - no reducer needed, much lower power requirement, and probably never need replacing. I have an EE degree, btw, so I know about volts and power and such..
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