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Auxiliary Backup Lights - wiring help?

I would like to add a couple of backup lights to the rear bumper and was thinking instead of adding another toggle switch to the dash that I would just wire them to the backup lights in the tail lights.

How would I wire these correctly?

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you might want to add a relay to this set up so you dont over load the back up light circuit

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Use a relay like he said... 85 is fused power, 87 is ground, 86 goes to the new lights, and 30 goes to the positive wire on the reverse lights.

Just incase, heres a good step by step... How to Wire an Automotive Relay | eHow.com

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I put a switch on the dash to trigger a relay that runs my lights. I dont like having them hooked to the backup lights because there are many times I use them with the truck in park. I want to be able to control when they are on or not without having the truck in reverse. Perfect example, back up to a trailer and hook up in the dark. I am not in the truck and DO NOT want the truck in gear when I am out back hooking up.

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Thanks for the replies, the more I think about it, the more I dont think I will wire them directly to the backup lights, as you are right, there are times when I want the lights on without the truck in reverse, loading the boat, the trailer, etc.

So I need to have a relay, wire a switch on the dash, etc.

I am such a newb when it comes to automotive wiring
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im about to do this as well. find any lights yet? im told autozone and walmart are some places for em.

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Havent found any yet, as the rains have decided to start around here and I have to do the work outside

I might look down on the US side just because I need to go down and fill up and save at least $20 $30 bucks on a fillup, love being close to the border.


Will let you know what I find though.
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