All the electrical units of measurement are interrelated: a pressure of 1 volt causes a current of 1 amp to flow through a resistance of 1 ohm. Volts divided by ohms equal amps. For example, a light bulb with a resistance of 3 ohms, in a 12 volt system, consumes 4 amps.

If the battery voltage drops, less current flows, and eventually there is not enough to make the components work. The extent to which a wire resists the flow of current is called resistance, and is measured in ohms.

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The two components are connected in series so that the varying resistance in the sender will affect the position of the needle on the gauge.

This means it must be connected using wires thick enough to carry 4 amps comfortably. Often the power consumption of a component will be stated in watts, which are found by multiplying amps and volts. The lamp in the example consumes 48 watts.

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