IPF Lights

I've got a set of IPF 900XS lights on the Rodeo. The push button switch has stuffed up internally, and I thought I would replace it with a simple toggle or rocker switch.
The old IPF switch has three wires, red, blue & white but I am not sure that all three are needed - one might be for the switch's two colour warning lights to tell you that the lights are active, and when they are actually on with the high beam.

I reckon I will know when the lights are on, and with a toggle switch will know from its position whether the lights are active or not.

So do I need three wires, if not which two will operate the lights?
Don't want to experiment without advice and blow fuses etc.

Have tried to get my local auto leccy over but his phone tells me he will call back and he hasn't. I want to hit the road next weekend so all advice gratefully received.
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Reply By: 98TAJ - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 17:35

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 17:35
Busy Bee,
This is only a guess as I haven't had to dismantle one of these style switches but have worked on similar ones.
But the wires in question should be a power wire from the supply, a switch wire to the relay, and a earth wire for the LED light "on indication".
I don't know what colours are what, but you maybe able to pick them out at the other end of the loom or test at the plug going to the switch.
You should be able to pick up the supply and the relay wire to hook to the normal toggle switch
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Reply By: Member - Stuart P (WA) - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 17:36

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 17:36
no. one of the wires will operate illumination
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Reply By: Gazal Champion - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 17:46

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 17:46
Hi Busy Bee,
If you have one of those trouble lights which are used for testing circuits, you know the ones which have a small aliigator clip on a length of wire and a screwdriver type probe with a small light in it, or a multi meter, you could assume, for a starting point, that the red wire is active and the blue is the relay wire and the white an earth for the indicator in your old switch. This may not be correct but it is a good starting point.

The wire that goes to earth, probably the white one but not necessarily so, is the one to discard as it completes the circuit from the indicator.

Hope that helps
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Follow Up By: Busy Bee - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 20:29

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 20:29
Thanks Stuart, Bruce and Terry
Pretty well what I expected, one wire for indication.
So I'll take your collective advice to sus out which is which.

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Follow Up By: Muntoo - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 23:08

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 23:08
Yeah those mouse type switchs are crap. I had two of the ABR harness's and both switch's stuffed up within a fortnight.
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Reply By: Charles Jenkinson - Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 16:05

Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 16:05
Hi Busy Bee,

Just to add some fuel to the fire, and some conversation perhaps, by venturing a little off-topic, and creating an alternative suggestion.

I have a set of IPF lights on my Cruiser, originally set up to a rocker switch from a previous set of lights. The problem I had with the rocker switch is that it was not very good at staying straight in the dash. It caused all sorts of problems with me not knowing whether my driving lights were on. Of course, it was okay when I had their covers off, but for driving around town when I wanted to use high beam only, and wanted to leave the covers on, I had no way of knowing whether the spotlights were on, short of getting out and checking, or seeing the glow of the light in a reflection on a window.

I replaced it with a red illuminating rocker switch, so now the switch glows when the IPF lights are powered. This means I can't accidentally have them running, and they are also easier to switch off when I no longer need them, but may want high beam still. Obviously this doesn't help when you're searching for the switch in the dark to turn them on. :-)

The ultimate would be a switch which changes colours - perhaps green when the lights are off (kind of like a "standby" mode), and red when they are active. I'm yet to see a switch that works like this, but I'm sure it's very possible.

The rocker switch I purchased cost me $9.00 from an AutoPro store. They're available in pretty much any place that sells rocker switches, which I'm sure you're aware of.

Perhaps using all three wires isn't such a bad idea, after testing each one? (The third (switch illuminator) should only carry current when the rocker switch is in the "ON" position).

Food for thought :-)

Charles Jenkinson
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Follow Up By: Busy Bee - Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 17:58

Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 17:58
I have finally got on to the auto leccy who is coming on Wednesday. But I'll take your advice and be sure to take advantage of the third wire and have a light to let me know when the spots are on. Thanks.
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