Guage light hook up

Discussion in 'Diesel Tech / 24 volts' started by Eric Winkworth, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. Eric Winkworth

    Eric Winkworth

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    I just bought a small light for my cheap mechnical stewart warner gauges that don't even come with a back light. The light I bought has only one wire coming out if it, I would like to wire it up to work with my dimmer switch. Itis only a 12V bulb, will it work for a while or is it a bad Idea hooking it up to the dimmer switch when the gauges are getting 24vs?


    ANy ideas guys?
     
  2. Stone

    Stone Moderator

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    A 12v light won't last in a 24v system...it will see double the amperage and will burn out quickly (but it will be very bright just before that :D). Just go to your local parts supply store and see if there's a 24v equivalent. Hella makes lots of 24v dash bulbs, and JP Toyota here in Surrey still stocks 24v bulbs...I'm sure one of those would be the right choice. Maybe post up a pic or part number of the bulb for us to see?
     
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    tlcruiserman SILVER Star

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    I have wired my gauge lights in series have done 2 and 3 guages, this works fine on the 24v systems.

    Michael
     
  4. Eric Winkworth

    Eric Winkworth

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    I have a 24v light bylb to put in it now, any ideas on where I should wire it up too? the dimmer switch?
     
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    I tapped into the light on the lighter socket of my 60 then it dims like the rest of the dash lights. Easy like snot.
     
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    I decided to put my gauges over buy the dimmer switch because I didn't really like the look of them in the middle. humm
     
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