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Old 08-31-2011, 09:08 PM   #1
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Wiring switch to LED strip???

Hey, i cant figure out how to wire a switch to a led strip...

the led strip has a positive and negative wire attached to it, their very thin.. also there are two thicker wires used for positive and negative that are connected to the battery, and that the two wires from the led strip tap into..

now i cant figure how how to connect a switch so that i can turn the stupid thing on and off....

any help will be much appreciated, thanks
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put the switch in between one side

basically cut the positive wire put the switch in between. Done
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the positive thats coming from the batery?? this is the switch i have... i know there is supposed to be a (+) a (-) and a (load)ao what would go where... ?

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+ve <----> Switch <---> LED driver / resistor <---> LED strip <--> -ve

To be doubly sure, you should test the leads of the switch with the continuity setting of a multimeter, just to make sure you are soldering to the right foot.

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anyone know how to wire the leds to the door switch?
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:37 PM   #6
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Most cars have a negative door switch, so to wire the leds to come on when the door is opened they need to be connected to constant power. You can run a fused lead off the battery or use an add a fuse out of your fuse panel. Then tie the positive of the led strip to the constant power and use a tap to connect the negative to the wire coming off the door switch, then your lights will only turn on when the door is opened.
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Most cars have a negative door switch, so to wire the leds to come on when the door is opened they need to be connected to constant power. You can run a fused lead off the battery or use an add a fuse out of your fuse panel. Then tie the positive of the led strip to the constant power and use a tap to connect the negative to the wire coming off the door switch, then your lights will only turn on when the door is opened.
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Most cars have a negative door switch, so to wire the leds to come on when the door is opened they need to be connected to constant power. You can run a fused lead off the battery or use an add a fuse out of your fuse panel. Then tie the positive of the led strip to the constant power and use a tap to connect the negative to the wire coming off the door switch, then your lights will only turn on when the door is opened.
but say i want to do this:
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot..._8014938_n.jpg

would it be possible to wire up something like this with addition to door lights? another question is, u said to use a "tap" to connect negative. what is the "tap"? sorry, im new at this
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im trying to aim for this set up

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot..._8311049_n.jpg
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Are the lights on the door itself stock in the above photo? Are you just wanting to do the underdash/footwell lighting?

This is an example of a tap: T-Tap Connectors

They can be found at lordco/cantire/princess auto etc

I did some under dash lighting for the front of my car and only tapped the drivers door switch. Mine only turn on when the drivers door is open and it triggers both sides. If you wanted you could wire each strip to the negative of each door switch and have them all independent, or a more complicated setup that I think may work would be to use diodes on each run and hook up to all door switches. That way any door would cause all the lights to come on. You can't just common all the door switches together or your car would think all the doors were open each time you opened any. The diodes I believe would stop that from happening. No garantee though as I have not tried it.
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One more thing, some cars have a positive door switch so you would need to check that. Also if your dome light wiring is accessible it is easier to tap into that.
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Are the lights on the door itself stock in the above photo? Are you just wanting to do the underdash/footwell lighting?

This is an example of a tap: T-Tap Connectors

They can be found at lordco/cantire/princess auto etc

I did some under dash lighting for the front of my car and only tapped the drivers door switch. Mine only turn on when the drivers door is open and it triggers both sides. If you wanted you could wire each strip to the negative of each door switch and have them all independent, or a more complicated setup that I think may work would be to use diodes on each run and hook up to all door switches. That way any door would cause all the lights to come on. You can't just common all the door switches together or your car would think all the doors were open each time you opened any. The diodes I believe would stop that from happening. No garantee though as I have not tried it.
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the leds on the door are aftermarket i believe. not original. ill give it a try. thank u so much !!
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i want to do a footwell and under door lighting. and i just found out that my rear door switches are positive door switches. i only have 1 dome light and its in the centre of the ceiling. two red wires running the dome light though
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The under door is easy, you can just take power from the lights already in the door. It you can access those red wires going to the dome light you could possibly wire the footwell lights to those.
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The under door is easy, you can just take power from the lights already in the door. It you can access those red wires going to the dome light you could possibly wire the footwell lights to those.
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what if i dunt have any light sockets on the door?
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