It never occured to me, but since my days will be growing shorter soon, I was thinking of installing a hood light, but since I'm still an amateur at wiring, I don't want to cause a short or send myself flying. Any quick ways of tossing one up there?
Well, you are going to need a pin switch like those used in car alarms so that the light will go on and off when you open and close the hood. You can probably pick one of those up from your local audio store. Mount it so that the hood will close the switch when you lower it, and the switch will open when the hood is raised. Run a wire from the switch to a constant power source. You could go straight to the battery if you want. Then run a wire from the switch to the light you are using. Run a second wire from the light and ground it. I beleive that should do the trick.
If you do want to go through the trouble of a pin switch, you could use a regular rocker switch and mount the switch near the light, and manually turn it on when you wanted it on.
Antipode, you can also use a mercury switch to make the light come on and off as you open the hood.
Check some of the local car stereo shops in your area and they may be able to install something like that in your car.
BTW, the mercury switch can be found at any local electronics store.
Good luck man.
Even better brian. I have a switch from a remote starter. All I have to do is grab the light from my parts car, strap it under your hood, run the constant to a constant power supply in the fuse box (just in case), and run a ground to the switch. Then, whenever you open the hood, the pin will ground out and the light will be on. I got you bro. Mike