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LED Lighting Questions

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by RowdyRon, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. Oct 27, 2015 at 5:49 PM
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    RowdyRon

    RowdyRon [OP] Not too old to play

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    Ok, I am going to show my ignorance about installing LED lighting on my Tundra, so here goes.... I want to install bed lighting on my truck and I want to use the Toyota part #00016-34089 kit. It looks like the kit lights have 6 LED's each and I want to tap into the cargo light circuit in order for them to come on when the doors are opened, key fob used, or the cargo light switch in the cab is used. I've found several posts on various forums about tapping the brown wire under the driver scuff plate and to use a 5 amp fuse with this install. Ok, no problem as I've seen some posts where this has been done successfully. Now for the interesting part... I also have decided to mount an LED strip under each of the 4 doors to light my steps. Each step LED strip is a 6W 6000K Xenon White COB DRL light strip and I would like to have them come on along with the bed LED's when I open the doors, unlock the door with the key fob, or turn on the cargo light in the cab. My question - is this too much lighting to have running off the same power tap I plan to use under the scuff plate cargo light circuit? I know that LED's don't pull much power but I don't want to hose anything up. Also, if the circuit will support the lights, what gauge wire would you suggest I use to hook everything up? I've read anything from 18 gauge to 10 gauge. If running the 2 bed lights plus 4 LED strips is too iffy, would mounting 2 LED strips between the doors for foot lighting instead of 4 (1 under each door) be better advised? Your assistance and comments are appreciated! Thanks!
     
  2. Oct 27, 2015 at 7:21 PM
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    mdavis

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    4 led strips at 12 volts and 6 watts would be .5 amps each so a total of 2 amps extra. You would be fine adding it to the same circuit. 18 gauge wire would be plenty. I couldn't find any info on wattage for the Toyota kit but imagine it will pull less than 2 amps itself. Both combined, you should be under the 5 amp fuse you'll be putting in with a little wiggle room.
     
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  3. Oct 28, 2015 at 9:48 AM
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    RowdyRon

    RowdyRon [OP] Not too old to play

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    Thank you sir! I appreciate the help!
     
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