I have recently bought a 2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi model. I am not running a taxi service, but it has a custom nameplate on the roof light that I would like to be able to activate manually. There are other taxi-related components in place that function already, and are detailed in the owner's manual, but as far as I can tell the roof light and the "vacant" signs above the tail lights are only able to be controlled as part of the taxi service device hookup.
I have downloaded the NV200 Taxi Bodybuilder's Guide, which lays out all of the upfitting relevant components such as where to install the taxi service device, driver info panel, passenger info panel, and card reader devices. The taxi service device has a specific harness inside the dash, and all the other components listed connect to the service device. There is only one harness in the entire vehicle that is related to the upfitting taxi service components. The spec for that harness is as follows:
Terminal No. Color Signal Name Gauge Max Load 1 Red IGN 20 20A 2 Green BATT 20 20A 3 Violet ILL 28 3A 4 White 8 Pulse 28 - 5 Black GND 20 20A 6 Gray TAXI +12V 28 250mA 7 Pink TAXI GND 28 250mA 8 - NOT USED - -
Given that this is the only point of connection to the vehicle's electrical for the taxi module, I think it's safe to assume that the control for the lights comes through here in some form. Also given that the vehicle is generally electrically the same as the base NV200 model (minus a couple extra wires to power the intercom and some light switches) I think it's safe to assume that the control is done as a simple switch, rather than a digital signal being sent to a taxi specific control module under the dash or hood.
So my prevailing theory is that the TAXI +12V and TAXI GND are the circuit for the lights, and that the +12V is not denoting power coming from the harness, but what should be sent through the harness. However, the math on that circuit works out to being a max of 3 Watts, which even with LEDs I feel is too low to power all three lights.
Given the niche market for this question it pretty much has to be two questions. Obviously if someone knows for sure how the wiring works, or a solid resource to find that answer that would be preferred. Otherwise, what would be the safest way of testing this harness using a standard voltmeter to put my theory to the test?
I know that if those pins are indeed the light circuit that it likely won't be as simple as installing a toggle switch and connecting the IGN to TAXI +12V and TAXI GND to GND, but I will deal with that when I get to that point.