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post #1 of 13 Old 12-28-2010, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Hard to find switch!

Looking for a 30+ amp switch, toggle, lighted.

Here is the catch:
I want it lit when OFF, not on.

Can't seem to find one, my google-fu is weak today.
Basically this one, but set to light up while off, and 30+ amps.
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does the light have to be off when the switch is "on"? if the light can stay on all the time, you can hook the battery to the load side and load to the battery side, that way the battery will be on the side that powers the light.

if you want the light to turn off, you could use a relay with a normally closed contact so that when the switch is on, it turns the relay on and thus opens the contact. run the ground thru those contacts and it will turn the light off when the switch is on

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Looking for a 30+ amp switch, toggle, lighted.

Here is the catch:
I want it lit when OFF, not on.

Can't seem to find one, my google-fu is weak today.
Basically this one, but set to light up while off, and 30+ amps.

what are you doing with it?

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what are you doing with it?
I want it for my new Lightforce 170's I want it lit when off, so it is easy to find in the dark!
Actually, I could probably wire it up to stay on, constant... hmnnn
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I would suggest running a relay for the lights that you could mount in the engine. That way you can run a smaller gauge wire to your switch and not have to worry about running 30amps through your interior.

Plus, then you can find a switch that has an independent terminal for the indicator that doesn't need to support a 30amp current. For example, you can order a Contura switch that has an independent light for the top half, and then an indicator light for the bottom half once you flip the switch on. OTRATTW.com sells them.

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I would suggest running a relay for the lights that you could mount in the engine. That way you can run a smaller gauge wire to your switch and not have to worry about running 30amps through your interior.

Plus, then you can find a switch that has an independent terminal for the indicator that doesn't need to support a 30amp current. For example, you can order a Contura switch that has an independent light for the top half, and then an indicator light for the bottom half once you flip the switch on. OTRATTW.com sells them.
Exactly. Run a relay if possible and make your life easier.
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I would suggest running a relay for the lights that you could mount in the engine. That way you can run a smaller gauge wire to your switch and not have to worry about running 30amps through your interior.

Plus, then you can find a switch that has an independent terminal for the indicator that doesn't need to support a 30amp current. For example, you can order a Contura switch that has an independent light for the top half, and then an indicator light for the bottom half once you flip the switch on. OTRATTW.com sells them.
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Exactly. Run a relay if possible and make your life easier.
Yes, run a relay... you don't want to run 30A unnecessarily up through your dash... safety issue AND unwanted voltage drop to your lights... one of the main reasons to run a relay in the first place.

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I have the Lightforce wiring harness, with relay ect...
The switch that came with the harness is a 30A rocker, I just want to keep the amperage rating the same, but swap the switch with one I want.

I guess that I could run a on/on switch with a separate light, so as ~ turn the 170's on, the indicator goes off, and visa versa.
Would solve most of the issues.
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Suggest you find out what relay it is to determine what contacts are available. Maybe you could simply power your switch from that relay.

Better yet, maybe power your siwitch from you parking, driving, or dash lights. Assume you typically will power the LightForces in conjunction with those light(s).

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Google is your friend...

Maybe not the ideal answer, but... spend some time on Google...

First impression is this switch is illuminated either red or green dependent on on/off... Not sure if bright enought to show through cover.
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...54#tabsetBasic

Seems only to be illuminates when on...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/RED-L...mZ230557036225

Your cover...
http://cgi.ebay.com/4-RED-TOGGLE-SWI...76192461442577

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I want it for my new Lightforce 170's I want it lit when off, so it is easy to find in the dark!
Actually, I could probably wire it up to stay on, constant... hmnnn
Once you install it, it should stay put and not run around the inside of the jeep. If you just reach to the same location it should be there! Kinda like pissing in the dark.
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Once you install it, it should stay put and not run around the inside of the jeep. If you just reach to the same location it should be there! Kinda like pissing in the dark.
I never had any trouble finding mine in the dark! Sounds like we need more interrior lighting mods.

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It's been all installed, working perfectly, but I want a different switch.
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