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Adding Led lights under step bars but not turning off when closing doors

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Toshito, Feb 25, 2020.

  1. Feb 25, 2020 at 6:10 PM
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    Hello everyone,
    NEED HELP. Maybe someone already went through this and can Help me. I installed additional Led strip under the step bars so when I open the doors I have more light. I tapped to the existing led pods but when I connected the ground the light stays on. It does not turn off when I close the doors. Is there a special way of wiring the leds so it turns off as all the other lights on the truck? Please help if any anyone has done this mode. Pictures, instructions or anything that can help. Thanks in advance boy and girls.
     
  2. Feb 26, 2020 at 8:52 AM
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    Maybe your wires are crossed?

    I have a switch and originally the switch light was always on, even when I turn off the car instead of when I actually turn on and off the switch. Turned out to be because I wired it wrong, swapped the wiring and now light only comes on when I press the switch.

    Or you wired it up to a constant power...maybe try wiring it up to the footwell light?
     
  3. Feb 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM
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    I added strips under my truck to have them come on when the doors open or when I unlock it. I tapped into the cargo light wires under the driver side rear door trim. I don’t any pictures right now, but I can take some later today.
     
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  4. Feb 26, 2020 at 12:51 PM
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    I will try to do this today. Let's see how it goes. Thanks DRP82
     
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    If you tap into the driver side footwell light wires (you must connect both power and ground to this set of wires, because it seems to be on its own relay/circuit)

    The lights will fade on when the truck is shut off, before you open the door. And will fade on/off with locking unlocking the doors.

    https://youtu.be/Q5VmAUuNGnE


    Any questions let me know.
     
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  6. Feb 26, 2020 at 5:53 PM
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    Thanks guys for the help. It was a success. Job is complete and working BEAUTIFUL.
    Next addition will be adding the Lund Bull Bar with the Led light bar but also adding another led light bar on the lower part of the bumper. Thanks again Guys.
     
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  7. Feb 26, 2020 at 6:50 PM
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    @Toshito @biebs96 where did you get your LED strips from? Do you have a link?
     
  8. Feb 26, 2020 at 6:57 PM
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    This is what I purchased and installed as courtesy lights.

    CLAUTOP LED Truck Bed Lights, 2PCS 60" White LED Truck Bed Light Strip Lamp Kit, Waterproof Lighting Bar Kit with on-Off Switch Fuse 2-Way Splitter Cable for RV SUV Vans Jeep Cargo Boats and More https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CZSVMXS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_T9YvEbZRVY3SN
     
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  9. Feb 26, 2020 at 7:52 PM
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    I got the same one as DRP82.
    MICTUNING 2Pcs 60 Inch White LED Cargo Truck Bed Light Strip Lamp Waterproof Lighting Kit with On-Off Switch Fuse 2-Way Splitter Cable for Jeep Pickup RV SUV and More https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JUE9OLM/ref=cm_sw_r_em_apa_i_HYZvEbXKRCS17
     
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    This is how it looks after installed.
    20200226_212356.jpg
     
  11. Feb 27, 2020 at 3:24 AM
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    ^^^This.
     
  14. Feb 27, 2020 at 6:15 PM
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    I had some Baja Designs rock lights installed that are currently hooked up to my Switch Pros. I'd love to wire them into the interior or cargo lights so they illuminate when I unlock the truck but can also be controlled by my Switch Pros. Just haven't figured out how to do that yet.

    (the installer did a crappy job with the wiring...they will be fixing that)

    IMG_0742.jpg IMG_0738.jpg
     
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    You can easily tap off of the interior footwell light and they will work as the video I previously posted. As far as also getting them to work on a switch at the same time that would require some constant 12v power and relay and switches.
     
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    Thanks. I don’t have stock footwell lights. I have some VLEDS ordered and will install those once I receive them. I need to find someone local who is good with wiring and knows switch pros. I’d prefer to pay someone who knows what they are doing to do it, and make it look professional.
     
  17. Feb 27, 2020 at 9:31 PM
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    Is there a write-up/video out there for the running board light mod including running wires to cab and where to tap into? Did a search, didn't really see anything.
     
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    Wanting to do this same kind of thing with some rock lights where they turn on when unlocking and such but can also operate them separately if anyone knows how to wire it that way. I know some from OPT7 have a feature to wire into the door open wiring at the same time so it must be possible with some additional wiring.

     
  19. Mar 3, 2020 at 6:32 PM
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    It's very easy to wire it. You can tap the wire on the rear driver trim. See this thread and is very helpful. That is how I did mine.
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/wires-for-interior-lights.5987/
     
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    ok so if I tap into the pink for positive in the driver side rear passenger. What wire do I use for negative. Black ?
     
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    Connected the flexible LED strip into the OEM courtesy lights wires with quick Tee connects. $10 for the strips and another $10 for a box of connectors. Took about 3 hours for both doors.

    Comes on with door opening. Turns off with door closing. Puts the light right where you want it.

    upload_2020-3-4_19-12-18.jpg
     
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    SiberianTundra I heard Unicorns get horrible MPG

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    thats nice
     
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    Any good ground point will do. When I did my step lights I grounded my wires to my step mounting bolts using a ring terminal.
     
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    do you have a picture by any chance of your ground?
     
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    I can get one. Give me a minute....
     
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    Ok, climbed under my truck and took a pic of the mounting bolts for my steps. The ground point/bolt I used is the upper one which is a little bit covered up by the positive light wire from my led lights for my step. Note that I attached a ring terminal to the ground wire so that I could remove the mounting bolt and then put it through the ring terminal. Also, I placed all my wiring in wire loom for protection. I ran both positive and negative wires from my led lights in the loom until I got to the step mounting bolt then branched the ground wire off of the loom to the bolt. The positive wire goes on to the other positive wires for my lights. I also used a ground point around the brake light for my bed lights I installed. So, my ground wires go individually to the nearest ground point and all my positive wires go to one positive wire tap.

    20200305_091551.jpg
     
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    That is awesome! Thank you very much! Good visual for me to use. I have so many LED strips and gadgets I got from Vleds that I have not yet used. This is my next wiring project.
     
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    Ok now to look for a thin pink wire in driver passenger rear
     
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    Do you have a multimeter or test light? Do you know how to test for the right wire? On my 2015, the cargo light circuit was a gray colored wire but I don't know what color for a 2018. Hopefully, you already have that question surrounded.
     
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    I have a basic poke light tester. I guess I just ground and look for hot wire by poking through the positap
     
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