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post #1 of 9 Old 09-17-2019, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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40 Loader work lights

I'd like to add a pair of work lights to my loader. Is there a factory plug in for them, or are people tapping the headlight circuit?

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-17-2019, 02:42 PM
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Re: 40 Loader work lights

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I'd like to add a pair of work lights to my loader. Is there a factory plug in for them, or are people tapping the headlight circuit?

Thanks.

--Alex
I put work lights on top of the "goal posts" on my 45 loader, and just tapped into the headlight circuit. Where the connector is that you have to disconnect when removing the hood, I spliced a second connector in parallel for the work lights. When I have the loader in place, I disconnect the headlights and plug in the work lights, and they will operate off the headlight switch. having both sets on at the same time overloads the circuit and blows fuses, plus the bucket blanks out the regular headlights, so I disconnect them.
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Re: 40 Loader work lights

In the late 1990s I added the factory light kit to my 40 Loader (on a 455) and it tapped into the headlight wiring.

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Re: 40 Loader work lights

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I put work lights on top of the "goal posts" on my 45 loader, and just tapped into the headlight circuit. Where the connector is that you have to disconnect when removing the hood, I spliced a second connector in parallel for the work lights. When I have the loader in place, I disconnect the headlights and plug in the work lights, and they will operate off the headlight switch. having both sets on at the same time overloads the circuit and blows fuses, plus the bucket blanks out the regular headlights, so I disconnect them.
Use LED work lights to reduce current and change existing headlights to LED makes it so you can tap pigtail w/connector into headlight circuit, won’t blow fuses, eliminates the need to unplug existing light circuit connector. Most connectors are usually only rated for about 500 insertions. Depending on how often you take your loader ON/OFF will determine how long it will last.

Found these lights recently that might work for you.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DHNFXKL...v_ov_lig_dp_it

I did similar to this on my X738 for my cab for snow removal duty, but the lights I used were much lower output.
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Re: 40 Loader work lights

Save yourself later regrets, DO NOT go cheap on the wiring or connectors. Buy marine grade wiring, connectors and switches. Use plenty of tie downs too.

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So I'm ordering parts for this while I'm on the road away from the machine.

It looks like the headlight harness is yellow and black 18ga. Does that sound right?

Thanks.

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Re: 40 Loader work lights

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So I'm ordering parts for this while I'm on the road away from the machine.

It looks like the headlight harness is yellow and black 18ga. Does that sound right?

Thanks.

--Alex
Sounds about right. My X738 I think has a 10A fuse for the lighting circuit.

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Re: 40 Loader work lights

I add LED lights to my 45 loader and used the accessory switch on the tractor.I only use the lights in the winter. The lights are magnet mount. I use 2 wire with weather covers on the connectors.
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Re: 40 Loader work lights

I finally have all the materials to get the lights mounted and wired.

I'd like to have a single plug-in for the lights near the hydraulic connections so that all loader connections are in the same location. This means I would need to cross the top of the loader to get to the right light.

I'm thinking of routing the wiring through the horizontal brace between the goal posts. Other than removing that brace in the future to blast and paint it, in which case I'll rewire it, does anyone see an issue with going through it?

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