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Old 05-17-2017, 05:45 PM
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dumb question, probably...looking around at speakers and wondering how those with built in LED are wired. Some have several colors and, it appears, a wire for each color. How are these wired? I'd only want red for a color if I go this route so could I wire boat with triplex wire and hook the 3rd wire to the red color lead?

What is that wire then hooked to? A switch on dash?
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You need controller if you want to control the color. If you just want a color, black to positive and the color wire to ground. I just did that yesterday.
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Originally Posted by mp5475 View Post
You need controller if you want to control the color. If you just want a color, black to positive and the color wire to ground. I just did that yesterday.
Will light be on all times the stereo is on?
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
Will light be on all times the stereo is on?

Speaker wire is seperate from the power to the LED. Think of it as any other light fixture. It needs its own 12 v power supply
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You can have it on all time or have toggle switch to turn on or off. I didn't care, so I just wired it to power block.
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Thanks, guys...trying to figure out if I want to mess with LED stuff.
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School, its real simple, if you have the LED's already wiring them is easy. You can put it on the same switch as your courtesy lights or similar. If you just want red you just connect 2 wires as described above.
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Originally Posted by yachtjim View Post
School, its real simple, if you have the LED's already wiring them is easy. You can put it on the same switch as your courtesy lights or similar. If you just want red you just connect 2 wires as described above.
That's my thinking (Courtesy light switch)

If I have 4 speakers (only 2 now, but trying to figure out what I want to do), I would run the normal wiring from head unit to the speakers and then wiring from switch to each LED Speaker? All I have is a rocker switch (I think it is forward for courtesy and back for Spreader, IIRC). How do you hook up the extra wiring into that one switch? Another bus bar or something?

Bare with me...I'm ignorant with a lot of electrical stuff.
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
That's my thinking (Courtesy light switch)

If I have 4 speakers (only 2 now, but trying to figure out what I want to do), I would run the normal wiring from head unit to the speakers and then wiring from switch to each LED Speaker? All I have is a rocker switch (I think it is forward for courtesy and back for Spreader, IIRC). How do you hook up the extra wiring into that one switch? Another bus bar or something?

Bare with me...I'm ignorant with a lot of electrical stuff.
These are going to be small gauge wires and there's nothing fancy here. You'll just run a + and - wire to each speaker LED, and then hook them all together at the console. You can probably manage to twist them all together and then crimp them into a single connector, or splice them into the existing wire. The - you'll run to your existing negative bus.

As above if they are 3 color leds, there will be 4 wires coming out of the led itself. One for positive, and then three negative wires - one to red, one to blue, and one to green. If you hook up all 3 you'll get white, or just pick the one that represents the color you want. (red) You SHOULD fuse this for your own safety, close to the switch. A 1A fuse should be plenty.
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
That's my thinking (Courtesy light switch)

If I have 4 speakers (only 2 now, but trying to figure out what I want to do), I would run the normal wiring from head unit to the speakers and then wiring from switch to each LED Speaker? All I have is a rocker switch (I think it is forward for courtesy and back for Spreader, IIRC). How do you hook up the extra wiring into that one switch? Another bus bar or something?

Bare with me...I'm ignorant with a lot of electrical stuff.
You have to run wiring to each speaker yes. You can put in a double spade connector and attach to that. on back of a two position toggle the top and bottom are to turn device on. Neg has to go to negative buss bar. On the toggle the middle is power in from 12v.
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I didn't want to mention twisting them all together, but sounds like that will work (or some variation of that). Thanks again, guys! Not sure I'll go LED route, but doesn't seem too bad, I guess.

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