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Beejwest
07-05-2014, 04:27 PM
Been searching on here for some answers to a couple of questions.

I want to install docking lights on my tower. Plan on using a "driving light" style 12v automotive light, either halogen or led. I like the automotive kits because they are relatively inexpensive, and their use will be infrequent so they should last awhile.

If I install these, I plan on using one of the two unused accessory switches on the dash. Do I need to install a relay in the circuit? and if so, why? Does the relay keep the current from the light from running through the switch on the dash itself? Most of these kits come with their own switch, and no relay supplied, just an in line fuse. Do I need to install the in line fuse, since the switch is already CB protected?

Thanks.

moombadaze
07-05-2014, 08:48 PM
did that style light on my 08, no relay, worked fine, no issues

Beejwest
07-05-2014, 09:07 PM
Awesome. I scooped the lights yesterday. Probably just wire em up and see what happens lol. If they don't come with the relay, I'm guessing the factory switch can handle the load. It looks far more robust than the switch supplied.

Did you have trouble with mounting hight? I already have two holes drilled from the previous owner in the cross bar between the two oval portions on top. I plan on using that to mount, but didn't know if the light would clear the tower or not.

moombadaze
07-05-2014, 09:09 PM
I used a speaker mount and had them mounted just below the pivot point on the tower, running the wires was a little bit of a pain but not to bad, there are pictures somewhere on this forum, I just don't know where

moombadaze
07-05-2014, 09:11 PM
oh, only really good for when docking, out in the middle of the lake I would turn them off, to much glare

slipperyrockTKE300
07-06-2014, 06:08 AM
"only really good for when docking"

They are terrific to have when you are out on the lake during a brief thunderstorm and you want others to see you.

I had one guy come over to me and say "that's really cool - I never saw a boat with headlights before".

jmvotto
07-06-2014, 09:51 AM
oh, only really good for when docking, out in the middle of the lake I would turn them off, to much glare

I left my driving lights on by accident last summer in the evening and it was a quick invitation for the the lake patrol to visit our boat
Got warned for expired flares

Remember to turn them off...


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Beejwest
07-06-2014, 03:25 PM
Ya I figured they'd draw attention. My friend has a '14 G21 and was pulled over after fireworks on the 4th for "too much white light". He had his headlight/docking lights on as well as the speaker led's.