extra lighting

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  1. voyager 1

    voyager 1 Read Only Funster

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    Hi
    Just wondering how i an put some more exterior marker lights on the van like you see on some trucks. Used to have them on my old vans but this one has something called a canbus system so i am unsure about adding any extra lighting in case it confuses the ecu causing it to shut down or something, I am not to nolagable with modern vehicle electronics
     
  2. JeanLuc

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    Side marker lights are a mandatory requirement on longer vehicles, so the manufacturer will have fitted as many as are required. (Or are you telling us that Swift forgot to do it?)
     
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    if the existing marker lights are canbus controlled you cant safely add more.....but i doubt they are canbus controlled.
    Canbus is generally for mandatory road lights....head and tail/brake and indicators.

    If it is canbus and you add to it you would need to add a bypass relay to the side/tail light circuit.....which is a pain.

    Best option....You could add extras and wire them to a seperate switch but would need to be powered from an ignition switched live source so they dont get laft on.
     
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    Hi,

    Side marker lights are not required on a passenger vehicle even if it is over 6 metres long.

    If you do fit them here are the positioning dimensions as in the appropriate regulations.
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1989/1796/schedule/9/made

    My van has a fuse within the habitation fuse box which controls the side marker lights. As I understand it quite a number of other vans are rigged the same. You might want to explore that idea.
     
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    Or you could just fit some really good reflectors....

    Allan
     
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