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Running board lights?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by wyone, Nov 10, 2018 at 5:33 PM.

  1. Nov 10, 2018 at 5:33 PM
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    wyone

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    New 2018 Tundra SR5 owner here. Love the truck, but there are no puddle lights or other outside lights that will illuminate the doors.

    I have factory running boards. I am thinking some sort of tape light or such that maybe I can tie into the interior lights? That way they would come on with the fob or when I open the doors.

    Has anyone done this? Not sure if the adhesive style would stay on, or if there are different brightnesses that might be better.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Nov 10, 2018 at 7:19 PM
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    NewImprovedRon

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    I applied some narrow LED light bars on the drip edge under my truck. The light bars came with 3m adhesive backing and I cleaned the drip edge really well with denatured alcohol, heated up the drip edge with a heat gun, and then applied the bars. I placed some clamps on the bars/drip edges for a few minutes to make sure they had good contact.

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    I got the light bar strips on Ebay and wired them to the cargo light circuit so they come on when I open a door, unlock with the fob, or turn on the dash switch.
     
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  3. Nov 10, 2018 at 7:23 PM
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    That is nice.. I was thinking I had to do a long strip on each side.. but that actually makes sense to do two small to light at each door. So where did you connect to the cargo lights? I was thinking of running to the underdash light
     
  4. Nov 10, 2018 at 7:32 PM
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    I connected mine to the cargo light circuit in the wire bundle/channel underneath the driver side rear passenger door scuff plate. Some folks have connected to the circuit behind the driver kick panel but I found the rear passenger easier to access. To connect behind the kick panel you have to take up the kick panel and the driver door scuff plate. The cargo light wire on my 2015 was a thin, gray wire but I don't know if there was any color change for the 2018 model. Here is a picture of the wire bundle under the rear passenger scuff plate. The cargo light circuit wire on mine is the far right gray wire. You may have to test some wires to find the right one:

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    If you need to test some of the wires to find the right one, I can give you some tips to make it easier.
     
  5. Nov 10, 2018 at 7:57 PM
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    thank you... I need to go to ebay and look for some lights.. :)
     
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  6. Nov 10, 2018 at 8:19 PM
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    Same here. One under each step.

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  7. Nov 10, 2018 at 8:21 PM
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    that looks perfect for what I am thinking.. did you find lights on ebay or where?? where did you connect them?
     
  8. Nov 10, 2018 at 8:30 PM
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    Yes. They are a close fit to the cab so I had to put the lights underneath, but I like the way the light comes up through the steps. Its nice to see what I'm about to step in, as well as see if anyone is hanging around (or under) the truck at night.
     
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  11. Nov 11, 2018 at 5:42 AM
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    Nice. I have some too.
     

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