10.6v at the rear lighting harness

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10.6v at the rear lighting harness

Postby plantone » Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:31 pm

so i was farting around today, working on retrofitting my truck to some LED's, including some ribbon lights along the inside roof of the bed topper.

wired them in and when i flipped the switch.. notta

get out my trusty multimeter... 10.6 v at the light housing. Traced back to the harness where it connects, 10.6 volts there. Its drawing power from the running lights.

is this normal? or am i getting some kind of voltage drop somewhere? i thought all this stuff was straight 12v all the way across....




please help!
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Re: 10.6v at the rear lighting harness

Postby HenryJ » Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:23 pm

Do you have 12v at the battery? At the alternator? In the electrical center?
Suspect a bad ground if the rest of the stuff checks out good.

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Re: 10.6v at the rear lighting harness

Postby LoneWolf04 » Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:43 pm

Second the bad ground. Check the one in the rear frame rail.
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Re: 10.6v at the rear lighting harness

Postby plantone » Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:23 pm

so then i *should* have 12v there as well eh? my test at the harness connector was on the ground wire and the running lights as mentioned.

ill have to do some more testing tomorrow and check the T in the harness where the feed to the topper connects to and then work my way forward.

the battery is relatively new, but i haven't bothered to meter anything else... as i said, i just found this out when i tried to turn on the LED's and got nothing on them.
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Re: 10.6v at the rear lighting harness

Postby HenryJ » Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:08 am

I am sure that you know polarity is important for LED. They won't work backward :) + has to be +

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Re: 10.6v at the rear lighting harness

Postby plantone » Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:35 am

HenryJ wrote:I am sure that you know polarity is important for LED. They won't work backward :) + has to be +



yes, i'm aware of that. i also tested the strand on an independant confirmed power source so i know they work.

ive been swamped the last couple weeks and havent had a chance to chase the voltage drop issue yet. hopefully later this evening i'll have time. i'm waiting on an emergency work order right now so i have to fly across town in a bit and then i'll get to play with the truck when i get back.
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