tonight i began wiring the switches for my aux lights on a Ruged Ridge switch panel. but i have a weird problem
to feed the switches, i ran a wire from the Positive and another one from the Negative of the battery, directly to 3 switches, so i can turn any light ON without the key on the ignition. the fourth one will be powered by the cig lighter on the drivers side, which only has power with the key, but this one is not wired yet..
one switch i wired to a relay which triggers the LED aux lights on the windshield. these were already wired by the PO but using another switch on another location. he had installed the switch on the Negative wire, so i had to change it on the relay side. i put the switch on post 86, and grounded post 85 (he had them the other way around, switch to 85, POSITIVE from battery to 86). the PO had wired from the battery to post 87, and post 30 for the lights. a diagram i have shows the Positive from the battery should go to post 30, and post 87 goes to the lights, but it works as it is, so i left it like that, i dont know if i should change it???
another switch i will use for the rear aux lights, which i dont have yet, so i only wired the Pos, Neg, and the wire from the switch to the relay.
another one will be for courtesy lights on the footwells of both driver and passenger. i wanted to put also on the rear but have not found a good spot for the led strips... these lights are already wired and working.
now, i also wired another led strip above the switch plate. this one i tapped on the cig lighter's purple wire on the drivers side, so it will turn ON with the key... the negative of this led strip goes to the same negative from the battery to the switches....
now, the problem is.... the neg and pos wires that feed the switches are not hooked into the jeeps original terminals, as i dont have the proper connections yet. so, i disconnected the original terminals, and hooked the wires to thebattery with clamps just to test... the courtesy lights work as they should, and the other 2 switches light up when they are ON.... however, when i turn ON the switch for the windshield lights, the strip on top of the switches also turns ON.... remember this strip is wired to the cig lighter, which gets power from the original terminals, which are not hooked to the battery.... so, i dont understand where is this light getting power from... it uses the same ground as the switches, but the positive is different, and, to my understanding, which is obviously wrong, it shouldnt have power with the original terminals disconected... any ideas???