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Help with LED Bed Lighting hook up please!

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by RowdyRon, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. Nov 8, 2015 at 3:00 PM
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    RowdyRon

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    I recently bought some LED lights to place in the bed of my truck and above my steps. I want to have them come on when the doors are opened, key fob used, or when I turn on the cargo light switch. I have been researching several forums and they all reference the "little brown wire" under the driver side door sill that needs to be tapped into. I have ran all my wiring and in the home stretch to tap into the brown wire and, after taking off the scuff plates, front and rear, I do not see a brown wire in the loom. Is it possible that the wire color has changed for my 2015 Tundra Double Cab SR5? does anyone know what wire I need to tap into to get my lights going? Help Please! Thanks.....
     
  2. Nov 8, 2015 at 3:39 PM
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    I have all the pics from my install for a good write up for this, just haven't found the time to do it.

    There are three grey wires in the loom. Two are lighter in color. One is a little darker and has a hint of brown or purple in it. That is the one you want to use.
     
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  3. Nov 8, 2015 at 3:41 PM
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    Here is the pic that I used when finding it.
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  4. Nov 8, 2015 at 4:10 PM
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    If you have a probe, you can always just poke through the insulation and see which one is live when the interior lights come on.
     
  5. Nov 8, 2015 at 6:14 PM
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    Thanks for the quick response, guys! After further research I find references to "grayish/brownish" and "purplish/brownish" color for the wire. I looked again and noticed that one of the wires I originally took for black (there are several of them in the driver rear sill that appear black) is actually more grayish looking if my tired, old, 65-year-old-eyes are working ok. I think that is the one I am after and will tap into that one in the morning and see what happens on the lights. I can sure see why this is harder than has to be with the slight color differences. I'll let everyone know if I hit pay dirt tomorrow after I mess with it some more. Thanks again!
     
  6. Nov 8, 2015 at 6:54 PM
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    Wouldn't happen to be a Gold Rush fan would you?
     
  7. Nov 9, 2015 at 5:45 AM
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    LOL! I absolutely am a fan of the show. Great observation Michael!
     
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  8. Nov 9, 2015 at 9:04 AM
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    I'm a fan too.
     
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  9. Nov 9, 2015 at 10:01 AM
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    Guys, as a follow up to my question last night about what wire to tap into for my LED's, the puke-gray/purple/brown colored wire was the ticket! Got everything connected and buttoned up this morning and everything works great. My thanks again to Brian, Michael, and flynbyu2 for their quick responses to my question! I'll try to get some night pictures tonight and post the results. Y'all have a great day!
     
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  10. Nov 9, 2015 at 4:15 PM
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    I will apologize up front for the crappy pictures but this will give you an idea of the step and bed LED light install I just finished:
    IMG_2902.jpg IMG_2904.jpg
     
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  11. May 14, 2016 at 10:27 AM
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    Those bed lights look nice, would be handy forsure!
     
  12. May 14, 2016 at 10:39 AM
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    Thanks! They were reasonably priced as well (I think I got them from TRD Sparks) and the wiring harness that came with them is first class.
     
  13. May 14, 2016 at 10:40 AM
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    Do they turn on with the cargo lights?
     
  14. May 14, 2016 at 10:41 AM
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    Yes, they turn on when you open the doors and work with the key fob when you unlock the doors. Cycle off after about 15 seconds along with the high mounted cargo light.
     
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