(Topic ID: 105879)

Help please! Wiring both ramp flasher lamps to 1 undercab wire on MET pro

By Strummy

7 years ago


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#1 7 years ago

How would I wire the 2 ramp flashers on MET Pro to 1 under cab lighting wire? I don't want to just splice the wire, send some current where it shouldn't go, and screw something up. I want the red under cab lights to flash when I hit each ramp. Right now I have just 1 ramp flasher connected. Do I need to put a diode somewhere if I splice the under cab wire and send a connection to each flasher? Thanks for any help on this.

#2 7 years ago

Any help please?

#3 7 years ago

I'm afraid it's not that simple. The reason is that ground is switched on the flasher circuits rather than the supply voltage. The only way I can think of to do it would be split the supply voltage into two lines. The first line would go to all of the other flashers and the second line would have the under cab lighting in series and then go to the two ramp flashers.

#4 7 years ago

Sounds like a pain in the butt. Its a 4 color strip. The positive (black) hooks up to any positive on any flasher and then each color hooks up to the negative on whatever flasher you want it to coincide with. I figured there would be a way to split the red easily.

#5 7 years ago

I was thinking of the additional lighting being wired in series. If the under cab lighting is wired in parallel with the flashers you should be able to add a couple of blocking diodes and get it to work.

#6 7 years ago

I have never worked with diodes unless they were part of a kit. Any suggestions on what I should buy? Something from radio shack maybe?

#7 7 years ago

I think your best bet is to get a second strip and run two strips - one for each ramp. Other option is to simply cut your strip in half and turn it into two strips half the length - which will still be very bright. I think you could fix this with dioded but I'm not sure Id like that solution very much for myself.

#8 7 years ago

I'm not that familiar with the strips and their brightness, but I trust markmon's opinion and would suggest you try as he suggested since it's less of a hack.

#9 7 years ago

Thanks terryb and markmon. I'll probably grab a strip of red.

#10 7 years ago

Markmon is correct a second strip is needed. This does not sound like my kit but If you want something custom made to your specs let me know.

#11 7 years ago

Or you could use one of my Smart Color Kits.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/arcadeupkeep-introducing-new-smart-color-under-cabinet-kit/page/2#post-1950849

Any color with any flasher, no issues. Plus attract mode lighting, custom in game flash sequences, fading effects and much much more.

The Stern version is through beta testing and will be available shortly!

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#12 6 years ago

After receiving some suggestions from a couple of different guys, i decided to go with the diodes. I soldered 2 diodes to the red lead on my under cab lighting. I insulated each diode. I then ran a lead to each flasher and it works great.

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