View Full Version : 3-prong lighted switch for amp kill?
04-03-2009, 12:31 PM
Well, I have a lighted switch I'd like to use to kill my amp. I know I'd have to use the remote line that goes from my stereo to my amp. I'd like the switch to be lit when the amp is on and off when I turn the amp off. I know how I'd do it if it weren't a lighted switch but how would I go about wiring this one up? 3-prong, lighted switch. I'm guessing I'd need a 12v to get the light to work?
04-03-2009, 12:43 PM
Yeah you will need a seperate 12 volt source for the light, as the remote is only 5 volts IIRC
04-03-2009, 12:52 PM
I did that too minus the lighted switch. Where were you planning upon installing the switch. If you are going to use the bezel around the cluster PM me because I still have that with the hole already drilled out. But you could probably tap into the power line for the radio. Just make sure when you wire it all up that it is right side up cause if upside down the light would be on when the amps are off.
04-03-2009, 12:57 PM
I was just gonna install the switch in my cubby with my shift kit switches. I'd like to get a custom cubby for all of my switches but I don't see that happening anytime soon. =P
04-03-2009, 12:58 PM
ok cause i didnt want to see someone drill another hole in their dash, especially if yours is charcoal like mine
04-03-2009, 01:00 PM
Nah I bought a cubby off of someone here a while back to use as a project cubby. I might try and fiberglass it myself...
04-03-2009, 01:03 PM
cool ive been thinking of doing that also, ive got a few cubbies lying around not like I have anything else to do. but test out the switch after doing your wiring before you put everything together. Trust me it sucks when a wire falls out and you already put your dash back together
04-03-2009, 01:05 PM
Oh yeah... I'm SO glad I tested the shift kit before installing it. I ended up taking the entire thing apart and resoldering it. One of the switches had a bad connection. Put it together a while back when I wasn't any good with soldering. Tiny little terminals on those switches. =x
04-03-2009, 01:09 PM
Okay, so I need an external power source, how would I go about wiring all of this up now?
04-03-2009, 06:55 PM
i say use the power from the cd player
04-04-2009, 02:54 PM
Installed and working! Thanks for the help. =)
04-04-2009, 03:26 PM
i say post pics
04-05-2009, 03:30 PM
I will sometime this week. I just realized that I forgot to hook my power socket thing back up too. =(
04-10-2009, 09:06 PM
Glad you got it working! But just so you know for future reference, the amp turn-on lead on aftermarket radios is generally 12 volts, not 5. However, using the radio accessory power lead was probably a good idea anyway, because the amp turn-on lead is only usually designed for a 500 mA current load or less, so depending on the light that is in the switch, it could've affected whether the amp would've properly turned on or not.
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