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I need to extend my rigid wiring so it will go from rear to front and I need to know what gauge wire to use and the best kind of wire to use. Thank you!
 

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I need to extend my rigid wiring so it will go from rear to front and I need to know what gauge wire to use and the best kind of wire to use. Thank you!
Rigid lights don't pull hardly anything for current so you can get away with 14-16 ga. wire...
 

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Could I technically get away with using the same wire for both positive and ground hook ups? Not like with one wire but two wires just same type of wire
 

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Yes, you can run a single pair of 14's back there and split near the lights sharing a single positive and negative from front to back. I ran jacketed 18 ga. for all of my LED lights and haven't had a single issue, however, I have home runs to each light, over a larger home run that splits at each pair of lights.
 

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Sorry for being dumb but what type of wire all Im finding is speaker wire.
Go to an auto parts store or even Walmart, they will all carry auto wiring. In Walmart it's in the auto section near the lights/fuses/etc.

14 gauge may be a little overkill, 16 gauge will do the job just fine and is much easier to handle than 14. Depending on which lights you are using, 18 gauge will be fine too.
 

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Go to an auto parts store or even Walmart, they will all carry auto wiring. In Walmart it's in the auto section near the lights/fuses/etc.

14 gauge may be a little overkill, 16 gauge will do the job just fine and is much easier to handle than 14. Depending on which lights you are using, 18 gauge will be fine too.
Such is life Phil, I was thinking 16-18 originally, but, my luck he also adds a bunch of other shit to that circuit like regular halogen lights and turns it into a heating element and burns his Jeep to the ground. Then i'm the asshole. :lol: I'd rather give a wiring noob overkill right out of the gate for safety sake... :beer:
 

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Extending your light wiring...

What Rigids are you running? It does make a difference whether they are Duallys D2, 10", or 50" and how many lights on one circuit.
Look at the chart on the right. I would say if you have a 4 door, you are looking at about 15' or so. If they are Dually D2's, figure they come with a 10 amp fuse, then according to the chart 16AWG minimum. These are just close approximates. It does not hurt to go one gauge size up.
Also, another good trick is to use your frame rails as a conduit for all your cables, coax, airlines, wiring Etc....it's the perfect out-of-the-way conduit!
Call or email me and I will send you one of our tips-n-tricks trifolds for future reference.
As far as wire goes, you want to use a multi-strand copper wire with good insulation. Like the guys said above, you can go to Walmart, go into the auto section, go to where the trailer accessories are and pick up a roll of trailer wiring. it's 4 conductor, Yellow, Brown, Green and White. You can find it in 14AWG as well as 16AWG. pull it all through the frame and leave the extra there for other electrical goodies!
 

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Thanks spod. I was just hooking up an srm light to the rear and went with 14 ga. So I think it's good only took about 30 min to run wires and hook everything up. Very happy with the light!! Small and powerful!!!
 
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