Fitting a Lightbar into the reverse light wiring

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Fitting a Lightbar into the reverse light wiring

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Hi I have a 2016 XLT Mk 2 and am trying to install a Stedi Micro lightbar to enhance the reverse lights. Im looking for a bit of advise on the following wiring diagram.
Do I need to put in a relay ??? and do I put an inline fuse from the battery feed to the switch or before the light. Splicing the factory reverse wire.
I got the drawing online and it looks ok but will it interfere with the electronics in the car, also its only a small lighbar 3.9amp @ 13.9v
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I would use a relay and fuse.
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Doesnt look ok. Its for a pootrol.

U need a fuse at battery end and a relay.
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Yes you would want a relay, a dedicated supply from the battery and a fuse close to the battery. Battery to fuse to switch to slave circuit of relay to lights to chassis/ground. The switch I'd just go with an On/Off and they will only come on with Reverse selected

Can you find the earth for the existing lights? If so I'd, cut that and run it through the switching side of the relay and then to earth.


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I put two of the stedi led lights in the back of my tray. Wired directly off the existing reverse lights. No problems in 12 months. No relays or fuses.
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Thanks for all the replies. The reason I wanted the single pole double throw switch was so I can use it as an independant camp light and also isolate the reverse light side of it for general reversing during the day and when other vehicles are around as mentioned in another comment about blinding the car behind.
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99problems wrote: Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:27 pm I put two of the stedi led lights in the back of my tray. Wired directly off the existing reverse lights. No problems in 12 months. No relays or fuses.
How'd you tap into the reverse lights? Can you elaborate on that please?
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Connect the wires
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prj564 wrote: Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:07 pm Hi I have a 2016 XLT Mk 2 and am trying to install a Stedi Micro lightbar to enhance the reverse lights. Im looking for a bit of advise on the following wiring diagram.
Do I need to put in a relay ??? and do I put an inline fuse from the battery feed to the switch or before the light. Splicing the factory reverse wire.
I got the drawing online and it looks ok but will it interfere with the electronics in the car, also its only a small lighbar 3.9amp @ 13.9v
Running power through the switch is not good or not running a fuse or relay.
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