Can you hook up LEDs to a Cigarette Lighter?
An easy way to make your car stand out from the rest is by installing LED lights, which leads up to one of the most frequent questions asked – can LEDs be hooked up to cigarette lighters? In short, yes. In fact, it’s recommended, as you don’t want to put unnecessary strain on your car’s main battery.
One of the first things you should do is check your vehicle owner’s manual to see how much power your cigarette lighter is pumping out, to see if it has enough juice to power your LED strip.
There are two ways in which you can install your LED strips
- Plugging the Lights in – Cut the wires from your cigarette plug. Pull the wires apart and strip the rubber off to about an inch of the way down. Then, connect the positive and negative wires to your strip. This method, you can still see the wiring.
- Keeping the Plug open – If you want to still be able to use the cigarette lighter, you can access the back of the plug through your dash. You’ll find two wires that need to be spliced and hooked up to the LED strip.
Joined: Jul 31 2009
Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:04 pm
i know neon can be hooked up to the cigarette lighter can the led flexible strips be hooked up that way? thanks
Joined: Jul 31 2009
Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:17 pm
if i may ask how? i do not know much about lighting
Joined: Jan 12 2010
Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:27 pm
Generally at a glance, the two/three wires behind the cig lighter (how i wired all my interior lighting), the one with the brightest main color(white, tan, red, etc.) is 90% likely to be positive. Any dark color wire with a second dark color or just all dark in general (black, dark blue) is likely negative. anything other than that (green, light blue, some strange color) is either data or ground but I highly doubt that data would be sent to a cig lighter =P. I suggest the cig lighter either way that way you don’t risk running the bat down while you are away from you’r car and the light switch (if applied) is on and as Robbie said, its already fused so no need for extra parts. And as Phil stated, the wire is all hidden so it looks more professional!