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Old 01-24-2006, 09:08 PM   #1
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I have searched around online and this forum, but did not get the definitive answer I have been searching for. Today, I took a set of CCFL'* (from a computer) and wired them into my car via an "add-a-circuit" and a rocker switch. They work just fine, but I am not satisfied with the way they are wired. I know to tap into a 12V source, but what are some of the best ones? I have already tapped my radio and interior lights at the fuse panel. I am going to get 2 or 3 sets of Red CCFL'* from oznium and corresponding rocker switches. Is there anything around the center dash (radio, ECC, access to cigarette lighter) that I can use to power two of them? Is there something that acts as a power strip for regular plugs, but only for wires? One giant central power source? What about in the back seat under the passenger'* legs, what can I use for power back there? I know options are limited because you are not supposed to extend the wires between the transformers and the tubes. Thanks for any help, I know I'm a long way away from catching Pat, but I was impressed by one set of green CCFL'*, so imagine what I could do with 3 sets of red.
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I have searched around online and this forum, but did not get the definitive answer I have been searching for. Today, I took a set of CCFL'* (from a computer) and wired them into my car via an "add-a-circuit" and a rocker switch. They work just fine, but I am not satisfied with the way they are wired. I know to tap into a 12V source, but what are some of the best ones? I have already tapped my radio and interior lights at the fuse panel. I am going to get 2 or 3 sets of Red CCFL'* from oznium and corresponding rocker switches. Is there anything around the center dash (radio, ECC, access to cigarette lighter) that I can use to power two of them? Is there something that acts as a power strip for regular plugs, but only for wires? One giant central power source? What about in the back seat under the passenger'* legs, what can I use for power back there? I know options are limited because you are not supposed to extend the wires between the transformers and the tubes. Thanks for any help, I know I'm a long way away from catching Pat, but I was impressed by one set of green CCFL'*, so imagine what I could do with 3 sets of red.


ok....you have a set of tubes already wired in but your not happy with them??

Here is my suggestion before you move on....please look in your fuse box and see if there are any fues lecations that dont have fuses BUT still have power in them
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1993 SLE straightened me out via instant messenger. Next week I should have some really solid glow going on. Thanks Pat.
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1993 SLE straightened me out via instant messenger. Next week I should have some really solid glow going on. Thanks Pat.
anythime bud....ill be looking forward to the pics
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Hey, I'm kind of interested in this, too...can someone enlighten me as well?
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i like to run ACC power wires straight from the battery instead of all this tapping ****...
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Hey, I'm kind of interested in this, too...can someone enlighten me as well?
If you wanna tap into something though there isthe cigarette lighter wires running under the center console...always hot.
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