Side Marker LEDs wiring

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  1. spindrifter

    spindrifter

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    Hi All
    I am thinking about fitting LED side marker lights - but need help with the following:
    Can I take the supply from the tail lights?
    Would I wire them in parallel or series?
    What would be the best way to make the joints waterproof?
    Thanks in anticipation
    David ..... Spindrifter
     
  2. hilldweller

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    Possibly.
    Parallel.
    I often solder and coat joints in contact adhesive. More than one layer. Otherwise self amalgamating tape.

    It's "possibly" because modern all singing and dancing electronically switched lighting ( CANBUS ) might measure the current, see it is above nominal and turn off the feed. But if it's good old SWITCH no problem with any normal LED load.
     
  3. spindrifter

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    Thanks for info, really helpful but, - what is "self amalgomating" tape?
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    It's a black rubber tape, soft and stretchy, not sticky. The clever thing is, it's treated with something that after it's stretched round a joint it bonds together in a water tight seal. All good aerial installers use it.

    Self-Amalgamating Tape : Self Amalgamating Tape : Maplin

    Not cheap but very good.
     
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    Hi David, I've just fitted 6 marker lights to my vehicle. As it is the new generation vehicle with CANBUS electrics I took the feed directly to the fuse box and have had no problems.
    Good Luck,
    Wilf
     
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