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Old 04-11-2015, 09:06 PM   #29
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All of my exterior lights are going to be LEDs. Brake lights, running lights, etc. Would 18 gauge wire be big enough, given the low draw? I have a few hundred feet of marine grade 18 gauge.

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Old 04-19-2015, 05:32 PM   #30
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I'm not an electrical expert, but if all the exteriors lights are LEDs, then 18ga should be just fine. LEDs draw very few amps, and you should be good with 18ga. Just make sure your connections are good and won't add to resistance, just to be on the safe side. I recommend soldering all connections and protecting them with heat shrink tubing.
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Old 04-23-2015, 01:28 AM   #31
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Reasonable current for that wire is about 2 amps total for a run in the AS. Add up the current draw for all the lights on the circuit and it should be 2.3 amps or less.

More than that, use bigger wire (lower number).

Better to go a bit bigger than just barely enough. Safety margin and all that... You are not building a super light vehicle 😄


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Old 05-29-2015, 05:20 PM   #32
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All right. I nixed the idea of the blinking running lights, but now I've got another question. As it's currently set up, I have the original red brake/turn signal lights, three top mounted red lights, and six yellow lights on both sides. Do the rear side running lights need to be red? I want to get this all done right while I have the inner skins off. And do I need any lights on the front?

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Old 05-29-2015, 05:56 PM   #33
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YOu need amber clearance lights at the top front of the trailer and your sides are required to be amber. Only red lights are on the back of the unit!


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Old 05-29-2015, 06:00 PM   #34
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Check with your state department of motor vehicles. Usually they have a diagram of what is required for color and location of running lights.

I'm hesitant to suggest the wrong thing... Running light setup should be the same in all states, as they are a federal requirement as far as I know.

That said, as I recall most of my side and front lights are yellow, but I'd have to look at it to be sure on the rear lower side ones. Rear top is pretty sure red.

It's not helping that our AS is parked 90 miles away at the moment.


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On ours the mid-side lights are amber, but the rear side lights are red.
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