Installing Fog Lights


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Installing Fog Lights

Postby gaillarry » Sun May 22, 2011 7:49 am



About to install fog lights on my 98 GL1500. I have a toggle switch installed on the dash panel for the lights. What I'm looking to do is install the lights with the toggle switch for on/off control but want to make sure the power to the switch shuts off when the key is turned off. Don't want to drain the battery if I forget to turn the lights off. I don't think the accessory terminal can handle the load of the lights. Whats a good area to tap into for switched power?

I'm using this diagram:




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Re: Installing Fog Lights

Postby heidebill » Sun May 22, 2011 7:49 pm

Looks about right
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Re: Installing Fog Lights

Postby vtxcandyred » Mon May 23, 2011 6:48 pm

gaillarry wrote:About to install fog lights on my 98 GL1500. I have a toggle switch installed on the dash panel for the lights. What I'm looking to do is install the lights with the toggle switch for on/off control but want to make sure the power to the switch shuts off when the key is turned off. Don't want to drain the battery if I forget to turn the lights off. I don't think the accessory terminal can handle the load of the lights. Whats a good area to tap into for switched power?

I'm using this diagram:

I don't have my book here but find the headlight wire and use it for power.

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Re: Installing Fog Lights

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 26, 2011 4:10 pm

gaillarry wrote:About to install fog lights on my 98 GL1500. I have a toggle switch installed on the dash panel for the lights. What I'm looking to do is install the lights with the toggle switch for on/off control but want to make sure the power to the switch shuts off when the key is turned off. Don't want to drain the battery if I forget to turn the lights off. I don't think the accessory terminal can handle the load of the lights. Whats a good area to tap into for switched power?


The switched power can come from the accessory terminal with no worries, because all it is switching is the coil in the relay, which is very low current. The lights are being run directly from the battery, through the fuse in your diagram. You can wire it exactly as shown in the diagram.

One thing to be careful of is that if your relay has an 87c terminal, make sure it is insulated, as when the lights (or the motorcycle) is turned off, that terminal will be live with +12 volts, and you don't want it touching anything grounded and shorting out.

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Re: Installing Fog Lights

Postby salty1 » Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:25 pm

The accessory circuit should handle it fine. You would use that line as the power source to trigger the relay. Just like your showing in the schematic. You might want to step up the fuse to a 10amp.?

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Re: Installing Fog Lights

Postby vtxcandyred » Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:43 am

This was posted in2011 so I believe the lights are installed. Perhaps?




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