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Wiring aftermarket "PORSCHE" sign

I have this rectangular red sign with "PORSCHE" in black text that initially resided snugly between the rear lights where the licence plate normally is. It came with the car when I bought it two years ago.

I have since removed it and it's now hanging on my garage wall. It was wired to the lights so the red would light up but I'd like to know what I need to do to re-wire the sign to suit plugging it into normal 120V current via the wall plug socket. I want it to light up in my garage when I'm working there.

Anyone with help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
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don't doorbells run on 12V? or is it 24V? I'm thinking just a doorbell transformer and then wire it up. Or alternately you could try to find some appropriately sized 120V bulbs, they may have been used for some old control panel applications, fire alarm annunciators, etc.

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AC/DC converter at Radio shack, buy one that has 120 volts AC to 12V DC, and amperage that you need to light it up, splice wires, good to go. Think desktop calculator with removable (at the calc.) plug, or cell phone charger.
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Ha, sick minds think alike. I just pulled mine off the 944 and am going to do the EXACT same thing. Just find a wall wart transformer that has 12volt output. You probably have one laying around the house from an old cell phone, cordless phone, etc., etc.,

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So, that's it. Just take a transformer or converter (i.e. say from a portable CD player) lying around the house, cut the end and splice the cables and connect to my sign? Too easy. I can see myself blowing the power to my house doing this.
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Nah...really safe stuff.

Just make sure you crimp the wires and don't just "finger twist" them together leaving bare wire touching everything.. ;-)
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I have 6 bulbs and each bulb is wired separately (6 wire ends). Do I wire them all together as one and connect the 'one connection' to the spliced transformer/converter?

Also, there are two sets of three bulbs and they are connected to a common metal plate. Each of the two plates are connected to copper wires and these two wires are already connected together as one. Is this the ground wire?
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Wire the whole thing in series

(-) ------B - 0 - B-------B - 0 - B--------B - O- B------B - O - B ------- (+)

B = wireconnector
-------- = wire
O = lightbulb

Positive and negative are interchangable


Don't overcomplicate........its not your timing belts ya know ;-)
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Never seen one of these, do you have a picture?
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Take the "free ends" and splice them together with a wire nut or something like it. Splice the "free end" wires to one wire from the adapter, and the wire from the two plates to the other wire from the adapter. It doesn't matter how the adapter is hooked up.

Just make sure you get the right adapter output: 12 volt DC, 1.33 amps. Equivalent to 12 volt DC, 1.15 Watts. Any larger amps or watts will work fine.
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How does the new garage ornament look Timmer?
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So would this adapter be the right one,

http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=CTLG%5F009%5F001%5F001%5F001&product%5Fid=273%2D1779
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Timmer, multiply the amperage per bulb times the 6 you have in the series. 1500ma will light up one 1.5 amp bulb to it's max.
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