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Illuminated Toggle Switch Wiring - Help!?!?
Ok, I know many of you can answer this, but I have NO skills when it comes to electrical wiring, etc. I can hardly grasp the positive, negative, ground concept.
I want to wire up an illuminated toggle switch and don't know how. I blew 6 fuses today trying to get an illuminated toggle switch working.
I used a 6-12 volt tester to identify hot wires. I then hooked up the toggle switch the best I knew how. The toggle has 3 connections. They are labeled GROUND, ACC, POWER. I ran the wires that I wanted to actually toggle to and from the GROUND and POWER connections (that worked fine, just no light yet). I attached the "hot" line that I tapped from the hot on the cigarette lighter to the ACC on the toggle. I thought this would provide the juice the toggle needed to illuminate. Well, I blew fuses like this and couldn't get the toggle to light up. I tried several different toggles with the same results.
Please help me here. What was I doing wrong? The toggle I have in now is not illuminated and only has 2 connections, which you can't get wrong, but I need to know how to provide juice to an illuminated one.
I am working around the ashtray area of the truck, so if there is a wire easily accessed here, I'd prefer this. Maybe the ashtray light? However, I still don't know why I was blowing fuses and not even getting the toggle to light up.
I know this has to be easy, but I am totally ignorant when it comes to this kind of stuff. Thanks all.