ADDING HID AND AN OFF SWITCH FOR THE HEADLIGHTS


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ADDING HID AND AN OFF SWITCH FOR THE HEADLIGHTS

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:46 am



Thinking about going to HIDs. But don't like the idea of them getting burned out sooner due to the start-up issues on/off/on etc. Have read about tying into the oil pressure circuit but isn't there a simple way to cut into the headlight circuit and just add a switch..got be one??

So which wire should I splice into to add a switch and where is the easiest place to do it..handlebars? in the headlight plastic/fairing, or ???

Any one done it? Got pics? schematic?


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Re: ADDING HID AND AN OFF SWITCH FOR THE HEADLIGHTS

Postby silverado6x6 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:51 am

While I had my headlight housing out I disconnected the left and right headlight ground wires from the harness, made sure all the other lamps were still using a ground and then wired in a two wire cable similar to an extension cord, make sure its 14ga at least, its long enough to come up under the tank shelter where I will be installing two round rocker switches, a left and a right, the other terminal is wired to a good frame ground.

Since I converted my position lights to 7 watt Cree projector lamps they themselves are nearly as bright as stock headlights I may just not even use the dual 55 watt HID lights during the day. Actually its not hard to enlarge the position lamp socket and just use a more powerful LED to use as a figurative Daytime Running Lamp.
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Re: ADDING HID AND AN OFF SWITCH FOR THE HEADLIGHTS

Postby Aussie_Rider » Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:26 am

I have a factory fitted switch on my 88 that turns the headlights on and off and it also turns the corning lights on and off when the headlights are off.

There may be a circuit in the wiring loom that is already there for the purpose of turning off the lights without having to cut in to anything.

Someone else with more experience on the electrics may be able to point it out for you.

Here is the post with a picture of my switch and some other info about the part no. etc
http://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=19654#p107639
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Re: ADDING HID AND AN OFF SWITCH FOR THE HEADLIGHTS

Postby dingdong » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:39 am

This sounds like a good solution. Time delay relay.

http://www.retro-solutions.net/product- ... id602.html
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Re: ADDING HID AND AN OFF SWITCH FOR THE HEADLIGHTS

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:53 am

That may be a plan..so if I open up the left hand switch..what wire do I need to tap the switch into into to give me the ability to to turn my headlights off and on.

I assume I have to cut the hot wire..splice it through the switch..and figure out how to mount the switch on the box.

PS electrical is not my strong suit so the more detail the better and pictures..well that's the best guide for me..
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Re: ADDING HID AND AN OFF SWITCH FOR THE HEADLIGHTS

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:26 am

RBGERSON wrote:That may be a plan..so if I open up the left hand switch..what wire do I need to tap the switch into into to give me the ability to to turn my headlights off and on.

I assume I have to cut the hot wire..splice it through the switch..and figure out how to mount the switch on the box.

PS electrical is not my strong suit so the more detail the better and pictures..well that's the best guide for me..


The dimmer switch has three wires: Blue (connects to high beams), White (connects to low beams) and Blue/White (+12v). Install a switch on the Blue/White wire, and you will be able to switch your headlights on and off.

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Re: ADDING HID AND AN OFF SWITCH FOR THE HEADLIGHTS

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:56 am

thanks.....................
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Re: ADDING HID AND AN OFF SWITCH FOR THE HEADLIGHTS

Postby Andy Cote » Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:26 pm

Don't cut the stock wiring.

You need to run a new fused hot wire to the HID ballasts. Install a relay and a switch on that new hot lead. Since I was running this hot lead from my accessory added fuse panel, I installed a switch in the hot wire that feeds he relay that turns this panel on. Just remember to manually turn it on.
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Re: ADDING HID AND AN OFF SWITCH FOR THE HEADLIGHTS

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:06 am

Even better..no cutting into OEM wiring...


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