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LED Lights

Postby omegarecs » Thu May 09, 2013 6:37 pm



So I put some of those colored led lights on my bike today and I ran the positives 2 of them to the 5 amp accessorie terminal on the fuse block located at the top. And well the 5amp fuse blew. So I put in a 10 amp fuse and everything worked great I left it on for awhile and pulled the fuse and it was not hot or even warm. Just wanted to make sure that putting in a little bigger fuse was ok. Thanks for your input. And God Bless you all If not ok should I just run it to another fuse or what??



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Re: LED Lights

Postby cbx4evr » Thu May 09, 2013 8:51 pm

How many lights are we talking about? I would have thought that a 5 amp fuse would be sufficient for running some LED's unless there is something else on the circuit.
Try another 5A fuse. Maybe it was a bad fuse to begin with.
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Re: LED Lights

Postby omegarecs » Thu May 09, 2013 10:20 pm

Ya I put three 12 inch strips of lights on it. I will try another fuse tho. Thanks

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Re: LED Lights

Postby wingpilot08 » Sat May 11, 2013 6:00 am

omegarecs wrote:Ya I put three 12 inch strips of lights on it. I will try another fuse tho. Thanks

Not sure which ones you have, but the normal power consumption of the led strips seems with the color of the led...

Power Consumption/ft @ 12 Volts DC
Cool White 6000 K 62 lm/ft 80 mA (1 W)
Natural White 4500 K 80 lm/ft 89 mA (1.1 W)
Warm White 3300 K 68 lm/ft 80 mA (1 W)
UV 405 nm 10973 mcd/ft 67 mA (0.8 W)
Pink 440 nm 20117 mcd/ft 86 mA (1 W)
Blue 470 nm 16459 mcd/ft 67 mA (0.8 W)
Green 525 nm 21946 mcd/ft 61 mA (0.7 W)
Yellow 590 nm 18288 mcd/ft 91 mA (1.1 W)
Amber 610 nm 18288 mcd/ft 91 mA (1.1 W)
Red 626 nm 18288 mcd/ft 91 mA (1.1 W)
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Re: LED Lights

Postby omegarecs » Thu May 16, 2013 10:57 am

Well I figured out what I did wrong. I ran the wires (Positive and Negitive) to the fuse block terminal, I should have run them directly to the battery and installed a inline fuse. So I took the wires off the fuse block put a 5 amp fuse back into it and ran them straight to the battery along with a inline 30 amp fuse. Works great :) thanks for all the help

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Re: LED Lights

Postby wingpilot08 » Thu May 16, 2013 11:57 am

omegarecs wrote:Well I figured out what I did wrong. I ran the wires (Positive and Negitive) to the fuse block terminal, I should have run them directly to the battery and installed a inline fuse. So I took the wires off the fuse block put a 5 amp fuse back into it and ran them straight to the battery along with a inline 30 amp fuse. Works great :) thanks for all the help


I thingk the 30amp fuse is really overkill...but if it makes youfeel safe..fine. Glad to hear it works!
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Re: LED Lights

Postby Wingsconsin » Fri May 17, 2013 9:58 am

Running straight to the battery..?
There MUST be a switch to turn them off...? Right..?
The LEDs draw MILLIAMPS ..very little power so the 5 AMP fuse should've been plenty...
The 30 AMP fuse you have now offers nearly NO protection...the wires will be melting long before the fuse pops I think...(opinion)
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Re: LED Lights and other Curcuits

Postby JustAShortRide » Fri May 17, 2013 10:39 am

To do this project right, Go get a cheap multimeter that has a amp meter in it. (Less than $10 but a handy tool to keep on your wing)
1. Disconnect the circuit (LED Lights) at the power source by removing positive wires of the circuit from where you have applied +12 Volts.
2. Connect your multimeter set to AMPS or Current setting ( Usually this is a separate lead on the meter) in Series with the circuit to be tested,
IE you have one test lead on the battery and the other test lead to circuit to be measured. + --------- (Meter) ------ LED Power wire

3. Read your current reading with the curcuit (LEDs) turned on.
4. Once the current value is determined, then a fuse rating should be selected as to be 135% of this value (taken to the next standard value).
For example, if the normal steady-state current is calculated to be 10 amps, then a 15A fuse rating should
be selected [10 amps x 135% = 13.5 amps, the NEXT LARGER standard size is 15A]. (Just a simple bit of math)

5. Take your meter out of the circuit and install the CORRECT size fuse that you found using the above procedure.

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Re: LED Lights

Postby Sempai » Fri May 17, 2013 11:03 am

I'm running 501 LEDs with a controller in a 7.5 amp fuse. The only reason I'm using that fuse instead of the 3A fuse that came with it is because I usually install a Battery Tender connector with the LED systems I install, generally, I piggy-back the LED controllers off the Battery Tender connector's wires, and it uses the 7.5A.
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Re: LED Lights

Postby omegarecs » Mon May 27, 2013 12:08 pm

Thanks for all the help.

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Re: LED Lights

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Tue May 28, 2013 11:01 pm

Unless I missed it, nowhere in this discussion did anyone mention the correct wire size (gauge) to be used with any given fuse size. It is generally, never a good idea to replace a mfg fuse size with something larger than came stock (as engineered). The purpose of a fuse is to protect the wiring that supplies any given load (lights, horns, etc.), not the device itself. I have seen wiring light up like a Christmas tree when over fused. And that, my friends, will make for a very bad day of biking, especially if located near the plastic that makes up a large percentage of the Goldwing's acreage. If adding a fused circuit, or changing the size of an existing fuse, make sure the wiring can handle the amperage so that the fuse pops....before the wiring does. See GWD chart below.

http://goldwingdocs.com/Docs/Wire%20Gau ... -E51A0.pdf

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Re: LED Lights

Postby Sempai » Wed May 29, 2013 8:38 am

VERY GOOD ADVICE!!!!


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