I was mulling wiring options for a handheld searchlight with a 50 Watt Halogen bulb.
The light came with a 2 pin socket which I suppose was intended to be mounted on the console.
I would like to avoid drilling additional holes unless absolutely necessary. Now, I have a 12 V accessory socket which is fitted on the console (standard fitment by zodiac) and would like to power the light through it if possible.
I got a dummy male connecter (std. cigarrette lighter adaptor size) with neg & pos. leads that i connected to the two pin socket which came with the light. Then I plugged in the light and switched it on. Seemed to work absolutely fine for about 5 mins.
I did not notice any unusual heating on the wires that were connected to the socket.
Is this setup ok for long term use? What is the current consumption of such hand held searchlights and will the wiring leading up to the 12V socket on the console be able to take such loads?