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How to interrupt low beam with a relay?


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prince504 
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Posted: June 08, 2016 at 10:26 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote prince504
A friend of mine has a Silverado 2002 and he says his low beams automatically come on at night & can't be shut off. He blacked out his truck & wants to be able to go into "stealth" mode for looks but can't shut of the lights.
Could I use a relay & switch to interrupt the auto headlights wire that runs to the low-beams at the switch by the steering wheel column?
Any advice is appreciated.
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Any time you put 12 volts across terminals 85 and 86 of a relay it will open the circuit from terminals 30 and 87A. If you cut the wire going to the low beams and connect the 2 ends one to 30 and the other to 87A, then use the switch to energize the coil (terminals 85 and 86) the low beams will turn off.
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Posted: June 08, 2016 at 10:42 PM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote prince504
That's the idea I had too but was worried it might hurt sth. Thanks for your input!
On a different topic, if you used a relay to power a pair of fog lights for a vehicle that used 55W bulbs, what size fuse would you recommend using?
Using Ohms law, would it be --> (55 + 55)W / 12V = 9.17A...
Therefore, would you fuse them at 10A?
Thanks
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Posted: June 11, 2016 at 9:30 PM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote KPierson
prince504 wrote:
On a different topic, if you used a relay to power a pair of fog lights for a vehicle that used 55W bulbs, what size fuse would you recommend using?
Using Ohms law, would it be --> (55 + 55)W / 12V = 9.17A...
Therefore, would you fuse them at 10A?
Thanks
Your nominal load should not be more than 75% of the fuses rating. So, a 15A fuse shouldn't have a nominal load above 11.25A. I would therefore use a 15A fuse in this application.
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Posted: June 13, 2016 at 4:50 PM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote prince504
Very good info. Thanks!

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