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Trying to install fog lights. instructions say to run lead to positive side of fuse box. How can I tell what side this is? Nothing on box indicates.

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Everything in the fuse box is positive--they are not explaining it right. What I think they mean is to connect to the hot side, as opposed to the fused side. You can connect to any terminal there that has voltage. Do they have a fuse in their kit? I assume they give you a switch too? There should be a fuse somewhere to keep the wires from melting in case of a short.

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