Guys with dump beds and 360 degree amber lighting

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by nobagger, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    We just got a Downeaster dump bed and I already have a really nice and bright daul Whelen strobe light unit but it has the cig. lighter plug in. My question is how do some of you guys wire the light to a switch thats located in the cab. My first guess was just run a ton of wire from the light, along the bed and into the cab, but again thats a lot of wire and I might loose a few volts due to the length of wire, any thoughts?
  2. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,116

    Strobe lights pull very little amp power so it should not hurt to run all that wire.
  3. desii

    desii LawnSite Member
    Messages: 193

    I have a crew cab with a 10' dump. Ran the wire to the back of the truck from the front of the cab, following the frame. Then, I ran it up the rails of the dump to the front and then up the front wall of the bed. I think I used about 30' +/- of wire and have no problems with the function of the dual strobe mounted on the cab protector.

    If you think about it, if you have a truck pulling a trailer (say 18' or so) usually there is only one wire for all of the marker lights and that's never a problem (voltage wise).

    I think (know) you'll be fine running it like I did.

    Good luck and let us know how it turns out for you.
  4. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    Thanks guys! and I'll have to post some pics when we're done.

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