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Rear Brake lights-What wire gauge?

I'm no electrical engineer by any means, so I'm hoping that someone out there knows the answer to my question.

What wire gauge are the wires connected to the attached connector. This connector is for the Right Rear Brake lights and Turn Signal. I need to tap into these to add a resistor for my Super Bright LEDs.
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I knot that if I cut the wires I could measure the diameter of the indiviual strand and count the number of strands to determine the wire gauge, but I don't want to cut the wire.
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It's a metric gauge wire, probably a .5mm, something like 16 awg.
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Thanks Dave O430. I was hoping to get a "definete" size verses a "Probably" size.
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16 ga will do the job, 14 ga is probably too heavy for the connector.




18 ga will provide just enough power to make the brake lights burn bright, but just barely.
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He's just tapping in to add the load resistor, it doesn't have to glow. 18ga will be fine. But I'd cut out those tap connectors and solder the joints instead. You are asking for intermittent load resistors.

BigDan, I'd be interested in your review of the LED Stop and Turn lights, from what I've heard so far they aren't really any brighter than the incandescents. I'm working on converting the trunk and saddlebag side lights to 300 lumen LED tape from Superbright 'cause half the existing bulbs are burned out, but until they make really bright 1156/1157 I'm thinking to just stay with standard light bulbs.

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Here is the resistor that I'm using from Superbrightleds.
The current draw is 2.25A(2250MA), 6 Ohms 50 Watts

https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...g-fix/190/831/
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Just checking, are you adding this load resister because the LED bulbs cause the turn signal flash rate to change? If that's the case, maybe consider swapping the analog flasher unit for a digital instead of the load resister. Should be plug-and-play with no cutting, no splicing, no soldering necessary.
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Just checking, are you adding this load resister because the LED bulbs cause the turn signal flash rate to change? If that's the case, maybe consider swapping the analog flasher unit for a digital instead of the load resister. Should be plug-and-play with no cutting, no splicing, no soldering necessary.

this is the preferred method to fix the issue, no need to add "junk" to make things work.
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Where can I find this digital flasher?
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