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Handle warmers dim the headlight

Hi I added a set of universal handle warmers to my old faithful Ariens ST1236 this morning. When I started it up the light went dim when I turned the switch on the handle warmers. I spliced the feeder for the handle warmers into the power coming off the electric starter that goes to headlight. Any idea why the warmers are drawing from the light?
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I'm not familiar with the machine, but I assume everything is powered by the battery, which has a limited current capacity. Apparently you're exceeding it.

Voltage is constant in a parallel circuit, amperage at each load is determined by the resistance of the load, and wattage is the product of voltage x amperage. But batteries have a maximum wattage capacity that is the voltage multiplied by the amperage capacity. Whatever wattage is consumed by the hand warmers is no longer available to the lights.

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Your generator is not putting out enough power to run both the light and the warmers. Mine did the same when I added universal warmers, so I put switches for the light and the warmers, so I can have full heat during the day with no light, or full light at night with no heat for warm nights, or 1/2 heat and 1/2 light for warm moon-lit nights ! It is a compromise, but it works for me.
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Consider swapping out the bulb in the headlight for LED? It will pull fewer amps and tax the system less?
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First let me say what a great forum! Thanks for the quick responses. I really appreciate it. I will put the light on a separate switch.
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