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Thread: Anyone give me an approximate of the draw of reverse lights?

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    Anyone give me an approximate of the draw of reverse lights?

    The draw in amps of reverse lights (white lights that come on when you reverse)

    Any ideas?
    Under an amp?

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    probably like 2 amps. Look it up for ur lights. 12volt* Xamp=watts. So if the lights use 24watts each or want not. that is 2 amp a piece.

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    Why are you asking? Some excellent project idea that you would like to share with the rest of us?
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    Nothing too exciting; its been done

    Automatic video switching for a reverse camera
    I have a 1n4001 diode and a 1amp spdt relay and I have the irking feeling that theyre going to go up in smoke

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    Ahh ok. I have a sneaky feeling you could be right on the "up in smoke" issue. But I could be wrong!!
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    A diode ? Why ? hook the relay's coil in // with the lights, that all No matter what amperage flows thru the light, a 12v Car relay will just suck 200mA more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaFX
    A diode ? Why ? hook the relay's coil in // with the lights, that all No matter what amperage flows thru the light, a 12v Car relay will just suck 200mA more.


    The small blue box is a pushbutton switch that carries 12v constant. When pressed it powers the coil. The diode stops the reverse lights from coming on (as far as I can tell, I already asked about this and people said it was fine but Im not expert)

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    are you trying to make it so the backup camera is activated by either the reverse lights coming on, or the pushbutton?

    yes, the diode will prevent the pushbutton from turning on the reverse lights... I'm just trying to figure out what the purpose of the button is.
    But don't take it from me! here's a quote from a real, live newbie:
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    The button is a manual turn on if I ever so desired

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    ah
    well then looks fine.
    But don't take it from me! here's a quote from a real, live newbie:
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