Re: [DML] Re: Headlight switch repairs
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Re: [DML] Re: Headlight switch repairs

Sorry to nitpick David, but while I agree that proper electrical design should place the fuse as close to the source as possible... and most definite before the switch (in case the switch shorts out), the location of the fuse has no impact on how much current the switch is passing.  Current (amperage) of the circuit is the same no matter where the fuse is placed.  :)

I agree, adding a relay will significantly reduce the amount of current the switch is carrying, and will reduce heat and prolong the life of the switch.  LED's will have a similar impact. 

IIRC, The headlights already are powered through a relay (one for low beam, one for high beam) so any after market headlights (like "halogen type lights") will not increase the current passing through the headlight switch.

--- On Fri, 5/29/09, David Teitelbaum <jtrealty@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> The design is probably considered a
> "success" since it lasted over 25 years! The problem is not
> only the design (and construction) of the switch but the
> circuit itself. The switch carries the direct current of the
> side markers and they are fused AFTER the switch so if there
> is a short circuit in the marker lights the switch has to
> carry that whole load BEFORE the fuse will blow. Not the
> best way to do it. Using relays will reduce the current
> through the switch reducing the heat and helping the switch
> last a lot longer. Changing over to L.E.D.'s for the marker
> lights will also help a lot. Going with halogen type lights
> will increase the load so if you go that way you really
> should consider relays for the switch to control. You also
> should check from time-to-time the marker light sockets.
> They are prone to corrode and when they do they can cause a
> high current through the headlight switch.
> David Teitelbaum
> vin 10757



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