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Work Light

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by GLS, Sep 6, 2001.

  1. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,174

    I run my lawn tractor when it is dark sometimes and wanted to know if there is a way to put some kind of work light on the back. I have seen them for $10-$30 meant for real tractors, but what about lawn tractors? How would you go about wiring this, and swithing it on and off? Is the battery large enough?


    Craftsman 20HP DLT2000
    Model #917.272242
    amp/hr: 30
    min. cca: 240
    case size: u1r:)
  2. Jman

    Jman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 217

    The first thing I would look at would be the charging system. It has to be large enough to handle the electrical load of the engine, clutch (if electric) the light you are going to add and keep the battery charged.
  3. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,174

    Does it have a smaller charging system for the headlights?
  4. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,465

    I've done this several times for customers with no problem. First get your lights mounted. Then get a pull out switch from an auto parts store. Take some 14 ga. stranded wire. Get some large eye solder terminals. Get some shrink tubing. Connect the ground wire from your lights to a metal area on the mower. Connect the other wires to one side of your switch. Connect the other switch terminal to the + battery bolt. I have found that by soldering all the connections and putting shrink tubing over the connections you'll have no problems down the road. You probably have a 15 amp alternator built in the motor and it will handle your lights.
  5. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,555

    Do what Khouse said,but install an in line fuse at the battery for the 14 guage wire,a 10 or 15 amp wil be fine.If you ever had a short without a fuse,the whole mower could burn to the ground,with my luck,it would short out in the garage,and burn down the house.Anytime you add any circiut to the battery,it needs a fuse withing 18" of the battery to be safe.
  6. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,465

    John, your right about the fuse. Sometimes my mind goes blank. My problem with running my equipment at night is all the bugs flock to my lights and me.
  7. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 932

    you should have no problem installing one as they have suggested.

    I wouldn't install anything high wattage though. i've installed small rubber house tractor style lights, no problems with the charging system.

    i did install a pair of 55watt driving lights once, they drained my battery in no time. Lesson learned!!!
  8. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,174

    Thanks for all the help! I'll try and see what happens.
  9. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    My JD is about the only thing I run at night other than my truck and this is when we are plowing snow. My JD has a alternator on it so it will handle a lot of lights. The JD has 3 headlights built into the front of the hood, but they look like candles burning next to the 4 halogen implements lights on the front of my home made heated cab. :)

    I also have 2 halogen lights on the back and a flashing light and they will stay bright at an idle.

    As John said, fuse it as close to the battery as possible.


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