Wiring Front Fog Lights
Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:07 AM
They are practically brand new and each have a single wire that protrudes from them. My question is, how do I wire them up and when I do, to which switch is best (fog light rocker for example).
Can anyone point me in the right direction of a guide to this or explain. I'm not a total noob to wiring but just want to see how its done on Minis.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:20 AM
The colours here are simply for show - you'll have to find the actual colour of the high beams in your loom. Take the live feed off the solenoid in the engine bay. Green is earth, red is live. As for mounting the relay, place it up on the driver side inner wing so it's away from fluids, and close to the live feed and grounding points for sake of easy cable management. Don't forget the inline fuse.
Edited by nev_payne, 11 May 2012 - 08:29 AM.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:24 AM
Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:38 AM
I only scanned this link very quickly, but it seems to have all the info for wiring both fogs & spots..
I've done both on mine, it wasn't to hard to do.. The worst part was trying to get a wire from the engine bay into the dash
Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:09 AM
Does that make sense to you?
Yeah thinking about it I would have guessed the previous owner would have put spots on. BUT as you say they aren't wired in, so they could be fogs just to look like spots.. I don't know though..
Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:16 AM
Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:25 AM
Ignore my blurting out at you earlier, the diagram nev_payne put up will work just fine.
Just to let you know, they earth through the mounts. So scrape a little paint off of your brackets.. I had that issue when swapped my light bar for a spotlight grille. They couldn't earth properly..
Hope you get it all to work !
Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:44 AM
Posted 11 May 2012 - 10:03 AM
Nev suggests that wiring them into the main beam is convenient for spot lamps, it is more than that it's the law! Any auxiliary main beam lamps must be switched off by the dip switch. As said above front fogs should be wired so that they can be used when the weather is bad. If they are wired so they can be on independantly of the dipped lamps, they must be positioned on the vehicle as dipped lamps would be (within 400mm of the outside edge etc.). If they have been fitted in the middle, and are fog lamps, you should wire them so that they can only be on while the main light switch is on and then have their own switch as well. It's also a good idea to wire them so they can only be on while the rear fog is on, as this should be on long before front fogs. When fitting any extra lamps, relays and new circuits must be added as none of the original wiring can cope (except on MPi cars that are pre-wired for additional lamps).
Edited by Dan, 11 May 2012 - 10:10 AM.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 10:20 AM
Also, thanks for clearing up how to check the difference between fogs and spots!
Edited by JP Detailing, 11 May 2012 - 10:20 AM.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 10:25 AM
And yes the look fine where they are .
Edited by miniman retford, 11 May 2012 - 10:30 AM.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 10:28 AM
I don't see signatures, I have them switched off because some people's are far too big and I don't need to sit here downloading hundreds of copies of the same massive image constantly. The forum is a lot faster without!
Posted 11 May 2012 - 10:49 AM
Yeah this is why I said, "and safe for other road users".. was cloudy on the actual legal bits. Thanks Dan, glad we got that sorted heh
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