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Want to add lights, need some tips.

Ok, so this isn't a specific Arien's deal, but it's my new engine on an old machine, so I figured this would be the place to start.


Over the summer, I've been working on getting my machine running again and I stumbled upon an alternator plug tucked neatly along the side of the new engine and realized I could add lights!


My new engine is a Briggs 1500 Sno engine, P/N 15C107-0040-F8. If I understand the parts list correctly, it only comes with one alternator option and that P/N is 797090, 60w. It also shows some wire assemblies, but I'm unsure if those are what I need or if there's something else the parts list doesn't show. I'd rather not cut the plug off and keep the wiring clean. Any ideas?



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I've not found the matching connector end but no worries, you just cut connector off and add fuse holder there and continue on to the lights. Easy peasy !!!

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I'd rather not cut the plug off and keep the wiring clean. Any ideas?
Firstly you will need to figure if it's AC or DC but I assume it is AC since it has two wires. If you want to add an LED light you will need a full wave rectifier. These are the type commonly used, kind of overkill but they are cheap, easy to mount, straight forward and accept regular crimp style lugs on the tabs.





Then you will need to measure the output voltage preferably with a small load. Then purchase an appropriate LED lamp probably 9-36 volts, these will have internal regulators that will eliminate any flicker. As for the connector you can probably find a match for it.




Or change it for a weather proof one.



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They used to use those plugs on RC cars a LONG time ago and may be ok but failed a LOT on RC cars LOL But I purchase better and just cut those off and replace with a quality one that can keep the elements off the contacts AND use a little diametric grease to stop them from corroding.

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I'm curious, I keep seeing vids on Youtube where they add all sorts of capacitors and other things along with the rectifier, but they never actually say what it's all for, any ideas? I thought the rectifier did all the work.

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It all depends on the quality of LED lamp you put in. There is a thread on here but it's too long to read through. Basically the rectifier changes AC to DC;



But it isn't clean as you can see there is still an AC component to the waveform.



If you don't have an LED lamp that has an on board regulator you will need a capacitor to clean it up a bit to remove light flicker.



The bigger the capacitor the cleaner the voltage gets.



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Well, I ordered a rectifier and a cheap light to start out with just so I can experiment with, I can always upgrade to something better later if this all works out. Truth be told, I don't do a lot of work at night anyway, but it would be nice to have the option when I need it.


One vid I just found said that he uses capacitors because there's no battery, would a battery be beneficial or just stick with the capacitor? I only ask because I literally have a very small motorcycle battery laying around from another project that I'm not using.

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You won't need a battery. And remember lights are not only to see but also to be seen.


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This might be the other end you need:

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You won't need a battery. And remember lights are not only to see but also to be seen.

I was just curious, this is all new to me, not like working on cars where everything is straight DC to wire everything up. I'm better with cars than small engines :P

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