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Old 07-04-2014, 02:35 PM
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Need help hardwiring my Lukas LK-7200 dashcam

I just purchased the Lukas LK-7200 dashcam for my 2007 328i Coupe. I don't have the underdash cigarette lighter. The continuous power cord that comes with the camera has 3 wires; the Positive (red), the Battery (yellow), and the Ground (black). I believe the Positive needs to go to a fuse that turns on and off with the car and the Battery line needs to go to a fuse that is always on. I have searched on here, Youtube, and Google and cannot find any DIYs for hardwiring a Lukas dashcam into my kinda car. If anyone who knows more about this than I do could look at the fusebox diagram I have provided for my car and help me, it would be greatly appreciated! I just need to know which fuses to splice into without messing up my car! I know the Ground goes onto the torx bolt that is to the left of the fusebox. Thanks in advance for any help!!
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Old 07-04-2014, 02:46 PM
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You want to pull power from the back side of fuse #30, which is the lighter supply, if you want a switched (off with the car off) supply line. Use a fuse tap.

Not sure which you would use if you want the "always on" feature. Perhaps 32/33/37/49, which are for the power seats. Not sure if they go to sleep with the car or not.

Other option is to snake through the firewall to the battery jumping terminal for always on.
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Old 07-04-2014, 02:53 PM
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Thanks! Did you use the continuous power supply provided with your Lukas dashcam? If so, where did you connect the yellow (Battery) line???
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:12 PM
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Thanks! Did you use the continuous power supply provided with your Lukas dashcam? If so, where did you connect the yellow (Battery) line???
Mine didn't come with the continuous power supply line despite the description on Amazon. Came with the lighter plug. I got a 2 way splitter for the underdash socket and use that. You can't see it. Had it come with the continuous adapter, I was just going to piggyback it off the Valentine 1 power tap I have on my lighter plug circuit.

I didn't worry about losing the always-on function, because I can't use the parking feature. My parking space at work faces a busy street. It would continually trigger on the moving traffic.
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Old 07-06-2014, 02:49 AM
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I got it done yesterday afternoon. Tried to use a fuse tap but ended up just wrapping the wire around one leg of the fuse and plugging it in that way. The wires on that continuous power cord seemed to just be too small and wasn't getting a good connection with the fuse tap I was using. For the Battery line I ended up using Fuse# 67, for the Fan. I removed the A pillar and snaked the line from behind the glovebox to the A pillar and up behind the headliner. Took about an hour and I love the setup. Works as it should!


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Old 07-06-2014, 02:52 AM
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Need help hardwiring my Lukas LK-7200 dashcam

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You want to pull power from the back side of fuse #30, which is the lighter supply, if you want a switched (off with the car off) supply line. Use a fuse tap.

Not sure which you would use if you want the "always on" feature. Perhaps 32/33/37/49, which are for the power seats. Not sure if they go to sleep with the car or not.

Other option is to snake through the firewall to the battery jumping terminal for always on.

It is because of your post and video that I purchased this dashcam! I never realized they had any so small with all the features and quality like this. Works great for my PI business especially! Thanks for posting, Zooks!



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Took about an hour and I love the setup. Works as it should!
Of course, now nothing interesting will happen in front of you for weeks.
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Well, I have been a licensed private investigator since 1996, so this will be an awesome way to document my surveillances and rather than taking notes I can just talk about what I am observing for the camera to record. And the camera is inconspicuous enough that I will be able to just park my car at certain locations free to record! I actually love the parking/motion sensor mode! And you never know when you are gonna be thankful to have it when someone does something stupid and hits you! One incident like that will more than cover the cost of the camera with the ole insurance company!
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I just purchased the Lukas LK-7200 dashcam for my 2007 328i Coupe. I don't have the underdash cigarette lighter. The continuous power cord that comes with the camera has 3 wires; the Positive (red), the Battery (yellow), and the Ground (black). I believe the Positive needs to go to a fuse that turns on and off with the car and the Battery line needs to go to a fuse that is always on. I have searched on here, Youtube, and Google and cannot find any DIYs for hardwiring a Lukas dashcam into my kinda car. If anyone who knows more about this than I do could look at the fusebox diagram I have provided for my car and help me, it would be greatly appreciated! I just need to know which fuses to splice into without messing up my car! I know the Ground goes onto the torx bolt that is to the left of the fusebox. Thanks in advance for any help!!

Shouldn't you have power always-on, red lead? Battery lead should be voltage sense and might not go through a fuse, but is also always-on. Black of course is ground.

Voltage sense will shut the camera down when battery is too drained, and long before it becomes an issue for car computers/starting. Being high impedance, in theory draws no amperage; in practice a very, very small ammt.

You'll want always-on power to enable camera op when engine's off.

Enjoy! Very interested in your review - do post!

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I followed the instructions on www.blackboxmycar.com as far as the wiring and it does work as it is advertised. The red lead goes to a switched fuse and the yellow goes to a constant power fuse. When I start my car it powers up and goes into 'Drive Always On' mode and when I park and turn the car off it goes into 'Park Mode' and then into 'Motion Sensor' mode. So, it works as it should the way I have it wired. I turned off the Impact Sensor stuff because it was activating every time I hit a bump! As far as my review, I LOVE it and will be installing one in my fiancÚ's car next. For the price and quality it is just a no brainer.


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Old 07-07-2014, 10:18 AM
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Hello JBurns...I just want to say I love your idea of a dash cam...because of you, it is definately on my list of things to do!
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