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Unread 05-03-2009, 06:38 PM   #1
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I bought a cheap LED neon light for under the dash of my 2000 ford zx2. I have 2 of them and I tried to get em to work with no success.. I hooked it up to a toggle switch with 12 or 17 amps I can't remember.

I have the correct ground connection and the 2 LEDs go to the switch and then from the switch to the car battery with an inline fuse.

everytime I turn on the lights they work just fine. but when i start the car it blows the fuse EVERYTIME!!!

what am i doing wrong?!?! is there too much power going through the switch?

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Are you sure 12V is spec for the lights?

And if you can't figure it out, just turn off the toggle switch before you turn it on. (Or does it blow even if the car is already on and you turn on the lights?)

And yes, like other people said, you might need an independent power source.
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what would be an example of a separate power source?!?!

yes there 12v says right on the package

I don't think it blows until i turn it on. but it blows no mater what when it's on

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Like another battery. Though LEDs have minuscule power consumption, so I wouldn't think that would be necessary.
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could there be a short somewhere?!?! I have everything wired to my knowledge

I have one side of the switch with power and the other side ground. the power goes to a 20v wire to an inline fuse and then to the positive side of the battery and the ground goes straight to the negative side of the battery

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Try a bigger fuse.
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Try a bigger fuse.
Sure that's a good idea, let's just melt the wire while we're at it! they make fuses for a reason. Common knowledge, unfortunately, is that if you blow a fuse multiple times, put a bigger one in! NO! That's a GREAT way to start a car fire.
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Sure that's a good idea, let's just melt the wire while we're at it! they make fuses for a reason. Common knowledge, unfortunately, is that if you blow a fuse multiple times, put a bigger one in! NO! That's a GREAT way to start a car fire.
Go big or go home.LOL
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How about "go big and stay home" cause your car is flaming lol
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Sure that's a good idea, let's just melt the wire while we're at it! they make fuses for a reason. Common knowledge, unfortunately, is that if you blow a fuse multiple times, put a bigger one in! NO! That's a GREAT way to start a car fire.
Now now lol, be nice. Lets remember not everyone who joins the site has common knowledge or sense when it comes to things on cars or electricity.
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