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jeebowhite
I am now thinking about installing a second cigarette lighter, I am not sure how to do it though, has anyone ever seen / done a step by step on how to install it on a focus?

I am not sure wether I am going to affix it to a panel and drill a hole, or if its going to be completely hidden. if I leave it "dangling" behind the stereo or say, underneath the centre console, is there anything specific I would have to consider?

to be honest I am willing to learn but dont know much about this, so if anyone can make it as idiot proof as possible, that will certainly help!

I am more confused by actually connecting it to the fuse box (I think fuse #77 is a spare 10amp for the boot 12v outlet?!) and then If I have to connect it to the battery, or run it through a seperate source.

J
SierraYankee99
Personally I'd run it to the centre console and tap into the wiring for the one behind the dash.
jeebowhite
The reason I ask is because I have another thread here asking a question about the 12v, and how I want to use extensions, If I run it off the same one, do you think it would be suitable for the information in this thread [url="http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=9155"]http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/index...?showtopic=9155[/url] or do you think I am better doing a fresh wiring?
Jonny87
[quote name='jeebowhite' post='56145' date='Dec 22 2009, 02:25 PM']The reason I ask is because I have another thread here asking a question about the 12v, and how I want to use extensions, If I run it off the same one, do you think it would be suitable for the information in this thread [url="http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=9155"]http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/index...?showtopic=9155[/url] or do you think I am better doing a fresh wiring?[/quote]


IMHO

The existing wiring should be absolutely fine, but consider changing the fuse to a higher capacity so it doesnt blow when you have all things plugged in. Each individual plug should have its own fuse in it anyway so your gear is safe.

EDIT:

You say you need a cigarette lighter, but I suspect you may just want the power socket, if this is the case consider [url="http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_715027_langId_-1_categoryId_165489#dtab"]this[/url] much less hassle and easily removable, also you could fix it to the dash somewhere and make it look pro, just a thought...
jeebowhite
[quote name='Jonny87' post='56171' date='Dec 22 2009, 03:39 PM']IMHO

The existing wiring should be absolutely fine, but consider changing the fuse to a higher capacity so it doesnt blow when you have all things plugged in. Each individual plug should have its own fuse in it anyway so your gear is safe.

EDIT:

You say you need a cigarette lighter, but I suspect you may just want the power socket, if this is the case consider [url="http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_715027_langId_-1_categoryId_165489#dtab"]this[/url] much less hassle and easily removable, also you could fix it to the dash somewhere and make it look pro, just a thought...[/quote]


Yeah it is the power I am after, and that would be a good idea, but when I have it finished it will be tucked under the dash / centre console so the switches wont be any use to me.

So If I was to wire it into the current one, what would I have to do? just a bit of solder, an extra couple of cables? slide the wiring under the center console and cup holders, upgrade the 15amp fuse to maybe a 20? and then wherever from there? or is there much more to it?

Thanks for the advice guys, I can take PC's apart and laptops, and I can be fairly brave with them, but cars are rather scary, but I want to be able to do these things confidently.
stef123
[quote name='Jonny87' post='56171' date='Dec 22 2009, 03:39 PM']IMHO

The existing wiring should be absolutely fine, but consider changing the fuse to a higher capacity so it doesnt blow when you have all things plugged in. Each individual plug should have its own fuse in it anyway so your gear is safe.[/quote]


even if his gear is safe, think about the cars wiring. uprating any fuse is suicide unless you know the exact rating of the cable connected to it etc.
I seriously do not recommend just putting a bigger fuse in, if its a 15a fuse in the box, its a 15a fuse for a reason!! also ford wouldnt go fitting more expensive 20 amp cable if they could get away with cheaper 15a stuff.

personally, i would run the socket from a spare way in the fuse box.
artscot79
[quote name='stef123' post='56417' date='Dec 23 2009, 01:59 PM']even if his gear is safe, think about the cars wiring. uprating any fuse is suicide unless you know the exact rating of the cable connected to it etc.
I seriously do not recommend just putting a bigger fuse in, if its a 15a fuse in the box, its a 15a fuse for a reason!! also ford wouldnt go fitting more expensive 20 amp cable if they could get away with cheaper 15a stuff.

personally, i would run the socket from a spare way in the fuse box.[/quote]
to be honest its a lot to go through for some aditional leds etc if you really want to you need to go from the fuse box or buy a small fuse box one that you can wire to the battery and fit wherever you want ive seen them used for installs other than that a simple switchable multi socket would be ideal
jeebowhite
Thanks Guys, I might think this one through before I try anything, the only reason I am not using a switching one, is because I have the extension hidden underneath the trimmings behind the stereo!


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