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Reverse light bulb wiring question

Reverse light bulb wiring question

Postby StarsnBarsStarsnBars is online! [OP] » Feb 17 2011, 1:19am

Hi all, first post on this forum. Looks like a winner. Well my 2011 chevy silverado 1500 Z71 is about a month old now. Really like the truck. I tried installing a Peak backup camera today and ran into a small snag. Directions said to wire one wire to each backup bulb wire. Question is there are 3 wires going to the bulb . 2black and one green. So which Black wire do I use ? Or does it matter.. Positive to green , negative to ?.I just want to make sure I do it right so any input would be nice. Oh one other thing, what's the deal with battery location under the hood. Getting to the negative post to unhook is pretty much impossible for my meat hooks. The directions on the camera install said to unhook negative post before wiring in . Do you think this is necessary? I'm using the crimp connectors. Thanks,,,
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Re: Reverse light bulb wiring question

Postby koolz71 » Feb 17 2011, 2:28pm

First off welcome to the site, thank you for help making this one of the best silverado sierra sites. As for your back up camera. I cant really help you in not too good in that area. I will however give u a free boost and hope that someone with more knowlege will help you out. If you need any more advice please feel free to ask
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Re: Reverse light bulb wiring question

Postby lzn197 » Feb 17 2011, 3:26pm

I assume you checked which wire is your back up circuit and it is green. Yes, tap into that circuit. Not sure why you have two black wires but either one should work for ground. If you are concerned, wire in your own. If you cannot get your hands down in there to remove the ground cable, you can remove the positive but be sure your wrench does not touch ground and short out. VERY IMPORTANT! This should help also.
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Re: Reverse light bulb wiring question

Postby StarsnBarsStarsnBars is online! [OP] » Feb 17 2011, 6:18pm

Thanks for the replies. Pretty much figure I can tap either black wire going into the reverse bulb (neg) and tap green wire (pos).So using a crimp connecter how big a deal is it to tap with battery connected ?
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Re: Reverse light bulb wiring question

Postby StarsnBarsStarsnBars is online! [OP] » Feb 25 2011, 4:40am

Got my back-up camera installed. Had a buddy get the neg. Post unhooked. Wiring was straight forward on the 2black wires on the backup bulb. Just picked one ,, no problem. Camera works great. Just need spring time now to see how it works , hitchin up the camper,,,, :P
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Re: Reverse light bulb wiring question

Postby mcw6183 » Aug 27 2012, 2:30am

No, there are not 2 black wires. look closely, one is brown, and one is black.
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Re: Reverse light bulb wiring question

Postby 2011SierraSLT » Feb 23 2013, 11:32pm

I just hooked up a Yada digital wireless camera to my '11 Sierra SLT. There are three wires going into the reverse light. Yes, two of the wires are black. No brown wire. Green wire is the positive. Hooked up the red camera wire to the green wire, and the black camera wire to a black wire. Which one? - the middle wire.
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Re: Reverse light bulb wiring question

Postby StarsnBarsStarsnBars is online! [OP] » Feb 23 2013, 11:41pm

As long as its a black wire your good. I'm on my second truck after this year old post and installed another Peak in my new truck. I just grabbed the handiest black and tapped. No problem.
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