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ACC rocker switch amp rating

Discussion in 'Technical Stuff' started by SWR, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. SWR

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    I have a 2013 2575 RCW and I want to add some additional exterior lights. I want to use the existing ACC rocker switch which has a 5 amp breaker connected to it. The lights are around 10 amps max and I plan on changing out the breaker to a 10 amp breaker, but do you know if the switch itself is rated for 10 amps also ? Also I have battery selector for dual batteries and back in this area there is a master fuse of 40 amps going to the ships power. Just want to also make sure if I add 5 more amps of draw that I will not exceed the max limit on the system. Thanks
     
  2. Spoiledrotten

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    You can also run them through a relay, and that switch will be plenty. You'll only need minimal amperage to close the relay, then the source of power will pull from your battery. Just a suggestion since that what I did with my 12" light bar on the bow of my boat.
     
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    Thanks, can you explain how you wired the rocker switch thru the relay ? sounds like a good idea. Im trying to use my empty ACC switch to power a light bar Im installing in the front for additional lighting at night
     
  4. cwag911

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    If you get a relay it will have 4 terminals. They will be marked with #30 which is battery power, #87 will go to your lights, #85 is ground and #86 will be power from your switch. You will also need a ground for your lights. And......if you're talking about a docking light, that is the only time you can use it. You can't run around with it on.
     
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  5. SWR

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    thanks for your help, I'll go with the relay sounds like a better plan
     
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    perfect, thanks, ran the wiring from the helm to the front and the relay looks straight forward and easy to hook up. thanks for all the help !
     
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    By the way where did you tap the + positive power for the relay under the helm ? I won't be back at the lake until end of oct so I don't remember if there is a + bus bar to connect to, trying to avoid running all the way back to the batteries. Thank you !
     
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    A wiring harness came with my light bar, so I ran it just like you stated that you don't want to do. I ran it from the battery to the light bar, then with the switch leg of the harness, I ran it to the helm, to the switch that would power the live well.
     

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