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Old 03-04-2008, 10:39 PM   #1
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Wireing a 4 way switch (need help)

So I finished my seat delete, build a custom enclosure for the sub and the amps and I finally want to add some neons to it. I have 3 total tubes that I want to do and I am also doing some strobes in the head lights as well as under the glove compartment and by the pedals.

The switch is wireless and in the rear is has a main power/ground wire and then 4 sets of color matched wires (2 gray, 2 green etc). I cant get any of them to work. I tapped into the power supply for my head unit to power the switch using the main 2 wires and it seems to work as I head clicks every time I hit one of the buttons but I can not seem to get any power to the neons from the switch. All I could find in the instructions was that the pairs of colored wire have no polarity, but if I just take, lets say the 2 gray ones, and hook one up to the ground of the neon and one to the power of the neons and switch it, nothing happens.

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Old 03-04-2008, 11:50 PM   #2
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im kinda confused of what ur talking about. what neons do u have and what are the wires on the neons and how do u wanna hook them up?
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Neons have 2 wires, a ground and a power, the switch has a total of 10 wires coming out of it, 1 power and one ground for the switch and then 4 sets of 2 wires for the actual items that you are trying to switch. If I hook the neons up to a power and ground and bypass the switch they work fine, its when I try to hook them in to the switch that they wont work properly.
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How are you hooking it up? When you switch it on, does a volt meter show any power on any of the leads? Or does it just complete the close the circuit between two leads? Do you have a schematic?

My guess is since you said the instructions said there was no polarity on the leads, then the switch is just connecting the two. Try running switched 12v hot to one of the switch wires, the other switch wire to the neon's 12v input, and the neon's ground to a ground in the car.
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Ever get it working?
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Like a bottle warmer for nos. If it works fine from direct voltage I would dmm your switch because it sounds like that is your problem.
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I totally forgot I had made this. Yeah I got it to work. Here is what happened:
The switch itself had a power and a ground wire and the 4 sets of wires to hook items up to are simple relays. This means I had to take the 2 "insert color here" wires and hook one of them up to the neon power wires and the other had to go directly to a power source. It was dumb of me not to try that considering I do alarm/sound/video work and all day long I deal with large scaled relay switches >.<
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glad its worked out for ya, good stuff, post a vid of your lights for us. Since your problem is resolved if you can offer any other members help on the mechanical side of the vehicle there are a couple of newbies needing it right now.

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