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LED strips for bed lighting?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by JJ_TNDRA20, Oct 18, 2020.

  1. Oct 18, 2020 at 10:22 PM
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    JJ_TNDRA20

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    Quick question, I dont have a voltage meter...looking to install some LED strips for bed lighting....does anyone know of a hot wire and ground i can tap into for the these lights...

    Also, as a source, would you recommend the tail lights or the license plate lights???
     
  2. Oct 18, 2020 at 10:30 PM
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    Your could try the trailer harness if you want constant.
     
  3. Oct 18, 2020 at 10:44 PM
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    Does your truck not have the OEM bed lights? If it does, that would be easy to tap into. If it does not, maybe the wiring is there for the addition of the factory bed lights???
     
  4. Oct 24, 2020 at 11:57 PM
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    thanks...went straight to the battery...
     
  5. Oct 25, 2020 at 4:28 AM
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    Contact @mattgecko and he will square you away with whatever you need.
     
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  6. Oct 25, 2020 at 5:55 AM
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    biebs96 my other truck is a big brown truck

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    Another thumbs-up for the MattGecko bed lights. Awesome lighting without blinding you.
     
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  8. Oct 28, 2020 at 3:30 PM
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    Looks great! Would you mind sharing which wire you tapped into? Im guessing the loom is on driver side?
    Thanks!
     
  9. Oct 28, 2020 at 4:04 PM
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    biebs96 my other truck is a big brown truck

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    On a 19 I’m not sure what wire it will be.

    On a 17 it was a thin brown wire in the driver loom.
     
  10. Oct 30, 2020 at 7:33 AM
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    Do you have bed rails? I ordered these and they're too long. Could you post of couple day pics of how you have them attached. Thanks
     
  11. Oct 30, 2020 at 8:27 AM
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    How are you turning it off when you don't need it ..?
     
  12. Oct 30, 2020 at 10:49 AM
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    biebs96 my other truck is a big brown truck

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    I will post them tomorrow. It will be dark when I get home tonight.
    They fit on the tonneau cover rails perfectly.
     
  13. Oct 30, 2020 at 10:52 AM
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    The MartGecko kit had a waterproof toggle switch included. Drilled a hole under and to the rear of the rail on drivers side, which is exposed when you take the taillight off. It’s easy to reach with the tailgate down and out of the way of most cargo.
     
  14. Oct 30, 2020 at 11:08 AM
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    Oh im good... thanks ... i put one in my bed already but i followed how the factory lights schematics. I was just wondering.
     
  15. Oct 30, 2020 at 11:47 AM
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    it came with a switch...
     
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  16. Nov 2, 2020 at 2:02 PM
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    any chance to get a pic?
     
  17. Nov 3, 2020 at 4:55 AM
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  18. Nov 3, 2020 at 5:49 AM
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    Thx as I figured you don’t have the deck rail system. These are a bit too long for the deck rails. I don’t think they’d say attached.
     
  19. Nov 3, 2020 at 7:21 AM
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    ordered the MattGecko bed lights since they require the deck rails for install. will report back once I get them installed.
     
  20. Nov 6, 2020 at 1:33 PM
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    If you did could you please show of pic of which wire you tapped? Thanks
     
  22. Nov 6, 2020 at 1:44 PM
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    biebs96 my other truck is a big brown truck

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    I did. The wire is located in the driver side sill plate. But I know the color will not be the same as on my 17
     
  23. Nov 11, 2020 at 7:43 AM
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    Matt Gecko led bed lights. Very pleased with them. Bright enough but not blinding. Quality product!

     
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    Just ordered my @mattgecko lights for the bed and hood. How easy/fast is the install?
     
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    depends on if you run them like the directions say with his switch. I didn't. I ran mine to the cargo light which caused me to have to run a relay. All in all not bad
     
  26. Nov 11, 2020 at 8:31 AM
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    Hmmmm. Now I'm trying to decide which I would prefer. I think a switch would be great if I were just in the back and wanted it on. Switched to the cargo would mean any "auto off" would turn off those lights too, correct? Whereas a switch would be dedicated.
     
  27. Nov 11, 2020 at 8:45 AM
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    Your cargo light switch is auto, on, or off. Yes mine is set to auto currently so when the cargo lights kick off the bed lights do too. But if I plan to be back there for a while just flip the interior switch to on.
     
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    How did you run the wires from the driver's kick panel to the bed? I assume the wire would be running under the truck to somewhere in the bed? Where does the wire exactly go from kick panel (interior) to under the truck (exterior)? And then where exactly does the wire come into the bed? Near the driver tail light?
     
  29. Mar 31, 2021 at 10:34 PM
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    I just did the Amazon led kit and it’s awesome! Ran a power wire from the battery as I plan to have more power options mounted in the bed in the future. have a hidden push button waterproof switch to turn them on and off.

    I did not want them run off my "bed lights relay" because I didn't want them to turn on and off all the time during the day.

    I ran it down from the battery along the frame tons of room, convenient my dad has a 2 post lift in his shop. I should have taken some pictures of how I ran the wire.
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  30. Apr 4, 2021 at 11:25 AM
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    For the guys that tapped into the cargo light wire at the driver's door.... where did you connect the ground to?
     

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