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55 Tbird backup light question

Posted By 55charliebird 8 days ago
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I have convinced my self that in 1955, a backup light was intended for you to be able to see back there, in the dark.    So it only lit up at night, if the headlight switch was on, and you were backing up.  Am I correct?  Since then safety concerns now make the backup light come on anytime the transmission is in reverse, day or night.  Am I correct.  The power for my b/u switch (automatic transmission) is hot when light switch is on (in park or headlights).  I thought I found another wiring error.
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In stock configuration, the back-up light switch  has power when the parking lights or headlights are on.  Putting it into reverse triggers the internal switch in the neutral safety switch for power to the back-up lights. 

The wire going up to the dash for power can be disconnected from the harness and can be connected to some other power source (usually the ignition switch accessory terminal), providing power to the switch when the ignition is turned on.  This provides power to the switch and the light will come on regardless if the headlights are on (with the ignition turned on).


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Thank you.


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