Reverse Lights on my 80

Submitted: Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 17:47
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Hi guys just wanted to know how to go about trying to wire up a couple of lights at rear of car as the 80 series ones are crap . also should i hook them up to come on when in reverse or just on a switch . any feed back would be very helpful .

thank you

Regards Silvio
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Reply By: SDG - Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 17:56

Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 17:56
When I hooked mine up, was told by the mechanic that they can only turn on with reversing. A switch can isolate them if you wish.
Apparently this is to stop people turning them on while travelling forward, in an effort to blind those behind. (Usually as payback for highbeam in your mirrors)
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Follow Up By: SDG - Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 17:57

Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 17:57
BTW.
I just tapped into existing reversing wire.
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Reply By: Member - eighty matey - Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 19:17

Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 19:17
G'day Silvio,

I hooked up an LED worklight to the back that is just turned on and off by a switch in the cab.
The switch has a warning light so we can see if it gets turned on by accident.

This works good for reversing, setting up and heaps of other things.
I've seen wiring programs for hooking them up to the reversing lights with a switch to over ride that but I just got it wired up direct.
The Autoelectrician say anything about it.

Steve
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 21:36

Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 21:36
G'day Silvio

I had 2 cree reversing flood lights hooked up by an auto electricain a few days ago for $35.

I put the lights on and he wired them up to the reversing lights.

Took about 3o minutes.

Lights up like a christmas tree.



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Reply By: disco driver - Monday, May 20, 2013 at 00:04

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 00:04
Silvio,
I just bought a couple of Hella worklights and mounted them above the back door opening. Oooodles of light for working behind the vehicle when camped up.
They were not bad as reversing lights either but they WERE fitted for use as "Worklights".
I direct wired them through a fuse from the battery, through a switch of course.

Disco.
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Reply By: olcoolone - Monday, May 20, 2013 at 08:15

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 08:15
If you wire them as reversing lights you have to comply with the Australian design rule covering reversing lights, this ADR covers where the lights can be mounted and their output.

If you comply with the ADR your not going to get much more light output then what you already have.

http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2005L03873

However if they are work lights thats a different story.

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Follow Up By: Silvereagle - Monday, May 20, 2013 at 09:54

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 09:54
Hi Olcoolone
They will be used mainly as work lights and i think i'm going to try and wire up through a switch
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Monday, May 20, 2013 at 22:45

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 22:45
If you wire them through a manual switch you will be fine.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 17:32

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 17:32
Hi Sivereagle

Olcoolone is correct.
Reverse lights under the regulations (design rules) are fitted to let the people behind you know that you are reversing. Therefore the lights are not very bright to minimise glare which means that they are designed as a light to indicate something and not as a light to see by.
Worklights will provide an answer to your problem. You can wire them up any way you like as they are meant to be used for working around, repairing or loading/unloading your vehicle. The restriction on their use relates to not causing glare to other road users under the general traffic law. The interpretations on this usually means that you can't use them while mobile unless you are travelling at low speed, are not causing glare or pointing at other road users. So for example taxis can have side pointing worklights for illuminating house numbers and driveways.
Of course you are not restricted when off road other than common courtesy.

regards

A
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