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Old 12-26-2003, 10:01 PM
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How to hook up lighted sun visors

I got a really nice set of lighted sun visors for my street rod. The visors came out of a Ford T-Bird. There is only one wire ( black ) coming from each visor. How to I hook these up in my car?
Run the wire to the dome light? door switch?
Any help would greatly be appreciated..Thanks

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If they are supposed to light up when the interior lights go on, I would think that you would wire them up to the dome light.
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It depends on when you want them on, and what style they are,
are they a dome light? or is it like a mirror light? When do you want the lights on?
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lighted visors

These visors have lighted mirrors. The only time the light comes on is when you raise the plastic cover over the mirrors.
I dont understand how they were wired in the T-Bird? The lights come on anytime the cover is raised on the visors. They are off when the plastic cover is closed over the mirrors. Maybe, I didnt get all the wiring I need? I would think there would be more then one wire?
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They need a continuous +12 volts, there is a switch on the mirror door that turns them on and off. Now you may need to open the mirror up as if you were changing the bulb (something you may want to do since you have them out anyway) and take an ohm meter and see if the mounting flange for the visor is the ground. If it is them your fine, the second connection comes from the flange. If you don't have a ground available where these are going to be mounted in your rod then you'll need to run a ground wire up to them. Pretty simple eh? Option you my want to think about is hooking them to the switched side of +12 volts to keep them from being left on (something my wife as done) and draining the battery.

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Sounds like a good idea Jag. Please excuse my ignorance of electricity but............
What is the switch side of 12 volt? Once, I find it how do I wire them as you suggested?
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What is the switch side of 12 volt? Once
Ok you'll need a volt/ohm meter to do this. Set your meter to the ohm scale. Then take the black wire that is coming out of the mirror and hook it to the black lead on the mirror. Next take the other lead and connect it to the mounting flange. If the light bulb is good when you open the mirror cover the needle on the meter will move. If that happens then you know a few things on the switch is good, two the mounting flange is your ground, and last your bulb is good.

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Wheel, the simplest thing for you to do would be to connect them to the same positive wire that makes your radio work. If it's an aftermarket radio, then odds are very good that wire will be red with an inline fuse in it. This wire is ordinarily hooked up only to provide power when the ignition switch is in the "ON" or "Accessory" position.
I recommend at least investing in a cheap automotive test light (handy for lots of things) and making sure you're doing it right. The mirrors draw little power and they can be hooked up safely in a variety of places. "Switched" power is best, my wife has done the same thing in her Mustang. Mystified me for a while why her battery would be low/dead in the mornings. Happened to walk outside one evening and spotted a little glow coming from the visor. The passenger side switch was "sticky" and not shutting off when closed.
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lighted sun visors

Many thanks to all who responded to my post. I really appreciate it very much. I took Jag's and Gypsy's advise and they work great.
The visors add a nice modern touch to a 53 Studebaker coupe.
Really appreciate your help, time, and patience with me on this.
Thanks...again
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