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Old 01-09-2011, 10:02 AM
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If you're gonna run the LED HALOs, I'd recommend using a remote system, like a relay. The LED halos are very tempermemtal to voltage spikes and will start burning out after a short while. You need a regulated power supply, and the multi switch has a nice side effect of regulating the power rather than having it hooked up to the stock harness which is notorious for voltage spikes.
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My halos' and LEDs' stay on all the time, they are wired directly to an ignition source (lighter power), When I put the truck into gear the DRLs come on as well.
That's what I figured. I plan on hooking it up like this... I would draw out an electrical diagram, but I'm not sure how to post a picture to the forum... basically by using a standard automotive relay... I would run 12v ignition power to 86, ground on 85... then I would run the 3amp fused 12v constant to 30, which would apply constant power to 87a, but 87a would be on my supplied manual on/off switch to manually apply power with truck turned off. Then on 87 it would hook into the back side of my manual on/off switch so that when the ignition was on(12v ignition would power coil and pull switch power to 87) 87a would lose power and bypass my manual switch, so the halos would be on through the ignition. I wish I could draw a picture and post it, just to make sure I'm not causing any electrical problems on the truck by doing this. Basically the layout is as follows
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30 ->12v constant
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Let me know if you guys think this is a wise installation, or just to run a 12v manual switched source and forget about having two ways to power the halos?
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Powering them 2 ways is entierly your choice. I see nothing wrong with it at all, and you seem to know what you're doing so it's not like it's your first time doing an electrical install I'll assume. I like the setup actually, straightforward.
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I think you will be fine as well, I am just not a fan of tapping into the factory electrical system whatsoever. The Halo's and LED underglow I have done on our SRT Chally I have ran to a remote unit from the battery. Wife didn't want any switches or holes inside the car, and I didn't want the dealer trying to blame me for any electrical issues down the road. Came out great, and it's quite fun when you are inside a resteraunt, store, whatever, and someone is walking around/admiring the car, to hit the switch on the remote. Freaks them out for sure....
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If you're gonna run the LED HALOs, I'd recommend using a remote system, like a relay. The LED halos are very tempermemtal to voltage spikes and will start burning out after a short while. You need a regulated power supply, and the multi switch has a nice side effect of regulating the power rather than having it hooked up to the stock harness which is notorious for voltage spikes.
So you are speaking about the unit that AAC currently sells? I might look into it... I'm purchasing a second set of lights to install these on, so I can always remove them after if I wanted to without having to disassemble the light housing again.
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I just got some more info on the multiswitch. It's capable of handling up to 8A, which is a LOT of LEDs, even more than what I have on my truck (or so they say). It's run independantly of the stock system, and the activation is by remote, which can also be set to just stay on with the ignition.

You can alos buy a voltage regulator from flashtech if you want to keep everything on an even keel without the spikes.
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If you're gonna run the LED HALOs, I'd recommend using a remote system, like a relay. The LED halos are very tempermemtal to voltage spikes and will start burning out after a short while. You need a regulated power supply, and the multi switch has a nice side effect of regulating the power rather than having it hooked up to the stock harness which is notorious for voltage spikes.
Our halos do not need regulators because they are meant to run at 12V so there is no voltage spikes.

There are other companies that have to use voltage regulators on their halos because they are not meant to run on 12V so their halos will dim, flicker, etc. This is not something you have to worry about with AAC halos; straight 12V hook up!
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This is even better to know, and will make my new install a lot easier.

I've done some voltage monitoring with a volt meter, and my '07 has spiked up to 18V before when powering on some devices, I hate the stock power system.

Now if only you guys did emergency LED strobe lights I wouldn't have to go anywhere else for lighting.
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