Join Date: Feb 2018
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What switches are you happy with? For aux things, driving lights, interior lights.
Soon, I'll be coming to the part of my build that involves switches for various items (outside flood lights, interior puck lights, water pump, everything).
What are you using that you are happy with? What should be avoided?
It's tempting to go with some of the inexpensive switch banks from Mictuning, et. al.
But I might want to do something more custom. Use different kinds of switches (momentary, missile (protected), double-pole double-throw, etc.). Different coloured LEDs for each switch to help locate the correct one in the dark. Anyone make a custom switch bank? Difficult? Special tools needed (to cut out the rectangular holes)? I have the requisite crimper and various connectors.
Can custom labels be made? Can labels be back-lit?
I plan to add a bank of switches by the centre console, some switches by the slider doors (I have both sliders) for interior lights, some by the back doors (garage light, rear floods), some by the galley (water pump, hood fan(?)).
A challenge that I'm fantasizing about is making some of the switches at the front ALSO control the lights that are controlled elsewhere. For example, there'll be a switch at the back to control a pair of rear-facing flood lights. But I'd also like to turn them on from the driver's seat (e.g. to get more light when reversing in the dark). Has anyone done something similar? I *think* I've got the needed circuit planned out ok. I may post it for critique by others who are more familiar with automotive electrics.
Related question: how necessary are relays? It used to be that for many exterior incandescent lights, relays were needed due to high current (50+ watts). Now a 6 LED light that's quite bright uses only 18W. Interior puck lights use much less. I've heard relays are cheap but the last one I replaced on my dad's Lexus wasn't that cheap. Maybe low powered ones from the usual online stores are now inexpensive. Who uses relays everwhere?
Ordered Feb 2018, arrived Sept 2018. 159-inch WB regular length, high top, 3.6L gas, both driver's and passenger-side sliding doors. Planning to lightly camper-ize it for spontaneous and free-spirited travel!