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    I have a set of KC daylighters on my bumper and after driving with them on for about 30-45 minutes on a back highway (high beams are burnt out) I smelled plastic burning. when I got home I pulled the switch and noticed that the shielding on the wires was melted. should I run a larger wire and different switch? I am using the switch and wires that came with the lights right now.
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    Do you have a relay set up on them? If not, do that.

    If you do, there's something else wrong. The switch should only activate the relay, and therefore not have any 'resistance' from the lights while they are on.

    Relays not only save on switches and wiring, they make the lights brighter!

    This isn't specific, but shows the diagram for a relay:

    http://www.suvlights.com/information.php?info_id=25


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    The daylighters are a massive power draw. You should run 10 guage wire to them to be safe. I would also run a relay. I put the relay under the hood, run a 10 guage power wire fromt he battery to the rellay and out to the lights. Then you can run a lighter guage wire from the switch inside to the relay under the hood to turn them on and off. I generally catch a hot wire off the fuse pannel and power the switch from it. If you want to be sure they don't come on unless the engine is running grab a keyed power tab from the fuse pannel.
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    It should have been sufficient to work.
    These should have a relay under the hood to handle the high current pull of the lights.
    if you do not have that, then set it up. It is not hard.

    You could have one of the control wires rubbing and starting to short out.

    Make sure you also have a fuse to eliminate any shorts and burning up other stuff.

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    Notsure if there is a relay, I will check in a few.
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    no relay guess I will have to go pick one up when I get off work. Thanks for the help
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    Here is everything you need to know about wiring a relay, infact check out the whole website. Lots of good info.
    http://fitchva.com/jeep/?p=43
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