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Help wiring tail light on motorcycle

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eselocoss

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Post Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:15 pm

I purchased all the necessary products and used the following diagram to install the LED strip as a brake light on my motorcycle. I used the following diagram to do so.
https://www.oznium.com/images/wiring_diagrams/led_dimmer/led_dimmer_positive.jpg

Everything works fine except for the fact that the LED strip stays on when I turn my bike off. Did I use the wrong diagram?
Should I have used this diagram instead?
https://www.oznium.com/images/wiring_diagrams/led_dimmer/led_dimmer_negative.jpg

Thanks for the help.
bugs825

Joined: Dec 24 2007
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Location: Florida


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Post Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:16 pm

ok are you saying that the brake (bright) light comes on when the bike is off or the running (dim) light stays on?

Nathan
jmoddes

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Post Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:38 pm

You have it connected to the battery. The diagrams you see are if you just use straight battery where it's on all the time (as an example since batteries are 12 volt sources.


You need to connect the positive wires to the tail AND brake lights.


then your lights will turn on and off with the bike respectively.

Hope that helps.
bad venge

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Post Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:06 am

Check the VOLTAGE with the bike off , I'm betting theres a small voltage causing the light to stay on
eselocoss

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Post Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:56 am

bugs825 wrote:
ok are you saying that the brake (bright) light comes on when the bike is off or the running (dim) light stays on?

Nathan


The running light stays on when the bike is off.
bugs825

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Post Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:24 pm

ok 87a is the normally closed relay position. To keep the running light off when the bike is off you need change the power (red wire with fuse) to an accessory feed. In other words get your power from something that turns off with the key. By tapping the battery it is hot all the time. Keep in mind that this will make the running light work at all times the bike is on. I am not used to working with bikes!

Nathan
eselocoss

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Post Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:21 am

bugs825 wrote:
ok 87a is the normally closed relay position. To keep the running light off when the bike is off you need change the power (red wire with fuse) to an accessory feed. In other words get your power from something that turns off with the key. By tapping the battery it is hot all the time. Keep in mind that this will make the running light work at all times the bike is on. I am not used to working with bikes!

Nathan


Thanks a lot for the help. I know this stuff is obvious to a lot of people but i don't know much about wiring or electricity.
bugs825

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Post Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:24 pm

No prob dude!

Nathan
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