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how to wire lights on electric cart

how to wire lights on electric cart

Postby Gillyman » Mon Jul 10, 2006 9:55 am

I pick up a 1999 36V cart today and want to put a light kit on the fron and rear. how do I wire these? I know how to do this on a standard 12v system but not sure how to go about the connections on a 36v... :roll:
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Just like a 12 volt car.

Postby Andy4639 » Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:24 am

Just like a 12 volt car.
Just run the ground back to the battery - post instead of the frame. That's all you do on a car also, the frame is a extenision of the battery - post.
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Postby Concretin » Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:27 am

Welcome Gilly! Relative newbie here as well... I'm learnin' and tryin' to help out the gurus where I can...

I believe it's virtually the same except DO NOT ground to the frame (or any metal) on the cart. With electric carts you have to ground back to the batteries. Connect directly to 2 "in line" batteries (two 6v = 12v). These batteries will drain more than the others and will need a 12v charger to bring them back up to the same level as the others occasionally.

OR you can get a separate 12v marine battery to run all your lights and accessories. (You obviously still need a separate charger to charge this one.) Most people store this extra batt in the bagwell, but some get creative and make a place for it under the seat.

CM, Shadow, Gorno... anyone? Confirmation... (I'm still too new to be 100% confident of my advice)
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Postby Concretin » Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:28 am

3 minutes Andy... JUST barely!
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Postby Gillyman » Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:29 am

So do I run it to the first battery or is there a main + and - terminal that all the batteries hook up to.
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Postby Canewood » Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:05 am

DO NOT hook up to the main terminals that go to the controller. That's 36V at those terminals. Find two batteries side-by-side. Use a voltmeter to test between the positive of one and the negative of the other. When you find 12V with the voltmeter, there's your connection. Someone please correct me if that was wrong.
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12 Volt

Postby Andy4639 » Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:42 am

You can use the last battery are the first battery of the 36 volt pack just have to ground to the next battery. You can hook it up to the key also by this method. Very easy to find 12 volts with meter. 2 batteries is 12 volts doesn't matter which two,except the last & first they can't be used together. :wink:

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Postby Gillyman » Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:45 am

Cool, thanks everyone for all the info :D
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Postby Ez Style » Tue Jul 11, 2006 9:52 pm

on my cart i got a lot of different lights hooked up, and just adding a little info, for mine i ran 2 main wires from the batteries to the dash where i have about 5 switches all hooked to 2 buss bars. i got head lights, fog lights, neons, horn, tail lights, and a radio all running off that with only 2 wires going to the battery, that way i just have 2 main wires instead of 2 for each circuit.

and for running 2 lights on the same switch, run 2 main wires with 12 volts and split them to the 2 lights. for mine i had the wires go from + buss bar to a fuse to switch in dash to the lights and then to the - buss bar.
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Postby GigEmAgz » Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:11 am

where i have about 5 switches all hooked to 2 buss bars. i got head lights, fog lights, neons, horn, tail lights, and a radio all running off that with only 2 wires going to the battery, that way i just have 2 main wires instead of 2 for each circuit.


now THAT is ingenuity ! Awesome idea!

Now - off the subject for a moment.. (sorta)

I want to hook up some MORE powerful lights to my Riding Tractor - hey, the cart is down, and I like driving to my neighbors house! sue me.

they have Parking lamps as headlights, I guess this is a 12v system that I WOULD ground to the frame? if so, COULD I - not Should, COULD - hook up some KC Daylighters to the hood? :twisted:
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Postby Ez Style » Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:43 pm

sounds like a great idea, just make sure u dnt run the lights for too long, the alternater on ur tractor probly doesnt charge the battery that much so be careful...but with some day riding and an occasional charge it should be fine
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