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Old 02-21-2009, 03:01 AM   #1
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was looking around and am interested in setting up some cathodes light bars under my dash driver/pass and in my door pockets, was wondering if there was a limit of how Meany u could wire to 1 switch and if anyone has tips on how to wire these up would be great (no electrical experience)


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i have 4 on 1 switch, 2 on another, and a full led under body kit on another... i think you can do quite a few. Im pretty sure its not the switch that will limit you but the fuse you pick to power it... but if you go led, the leds take little to no power so you should be good....
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with LEDs you can basically do you'r entire car with one switch.. are you going to do cathode kits or wire up you're own individual LEDs, if you need help let me know i'm pretty good with lighting, and with putting together "custom setups" with LEDs.
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you shouldnt have any problem installing quite a few on the same switch. if you put an inline fuse on the circuit lets say a 10A, you could use 4 27w lamps comfortably, leds draw about 1/20 of the current of an incandescent, so no worries man. as far as installing, id run one set of wires from the battery to the fusebox under the steering wheel and tuck the inline fuse away in there, i ran my main set of wires into a terminal strip and just jumpered the power al the way down that way i can always add in the future, hope that helped, if you need anymore help holler
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with LEDs you can basically do you'r entire car with one switch.. are you going to do cathode kits or wire up you're own individual LEDs, if you need help let me know i'm pretty good with lighting, and with putting together "custom setups" with LEDs.
yes i plan on just getting cathode kits but like i said (no electric xp) i know there is a red and black wire black wire is ground and red is power but how do i attach the red wire to a fuse and a switch do i need to buy more wire?
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it's rather easy. get an unlit rocker switch to make it easy.. get a few terminals (go to the auto store and ask someone they can help u) and you'll need a pair of wire strippers/crimpers and use those. you put the wire into the terminal and crimp it in.. just attach those to the switch and shove one (the flat side) into the fuse box. as for wires you most likely will need wire but luckily for those all you need is some cheap wire. they don't hold much current so no need for anything big.. walmart, auto store, radio shack all has wire. i prefer walmart since they tend to be cheaper.
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oznium.com has a bunch of great products to help you out with this. and great customer support as well
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it's rather easy. get an unlit rocker switch to make it easy.. get a few terminals (go to the auto store and ask someone they can help u) and you'll need a pair of wire strippers/crimpers and use those. you put the wire into the terminal and crimp it in.. just attach those to the switch and shove one (the flat side) into the fuse box. as for wires you most likely will need wire but luckily for those all you need is some cheap wire. they don't hold much current so no need for anything big.. walmart, auto store, radio shack all has wire. i prefer walmart since they tend to be cheaper.
thx ill give that a shot once i get everything ordered
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I found a controller that I really like. I use the StreetGlow Music Interface to run 5 sets of cold cathodes and 3 neon tubes. There are two settings on the controller, one for simply having the lights "on", the other is "sound activated", which I prefer. This one controller can run up to 12 sets of cold cathodes.

The sound activation sensitivity range on the StreetGlow is great. You can dial the sensitivity down for some really loud music, or turn it up and your lights will respond to a normal conversation.



It's around $30 (including shipping). Below is a pic of the business end of the StreetGlow controller. It's shown with two distribution blocks (max of four). Each distribution block will run four sets of cathodes (or neon, LED, etc.)

Using the distribution blocks makes it easy to connect lights in various places in the car without having to run wires for every light to the controller. Put a distribution block where you need one and connect it to the controller, then you just wire your lights to the distribution block. Cuts way down on the wiring hassles.



I burned up 3 or 4 of these less expensive sound activated controllers before I finally switched to the StreetGlow.

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