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Old 04-12-2013, 06:05 AM   #1
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Hooking up bed lights to door switch

I am sure some where in this forum I could find a thread on it. Has anyone hooked their bed lights up to the door switch so they come on when the door is opened? I can easily go to the battery but prefer that the switch is not always hot.
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You might have a tough time making that work properly. The dome lights in the truck are actually controlled by the ECU, it's not just a simple door switch contact. The light fades out when it turns off also, not just a clean cut off. I wouldn't add more lights to that circuit, which leaves you with using that circuit as a trigger for a relay. The fading out could cause the relay to act up as the power slowly fades away.
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I was thinking of doing the same thing, but instead installing footwell courtesy lights with ccfl(cold-cathode fluorescent lamps) which dont draw out a whole lot of power(I dont think).

in order to make it work, a relay would have to be installed?

CCFLs are used to light up computer cases, btw. the current draw is not that bad(5ma).

I bought two sets of these from ebay.
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The rope LEDs do not pull many amps. That and the fact that my Fords with a cargo light were hooked up that way. I am going to go ahead and try it.
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I am sure some where in this forum I could find a thread on it. Has anyone hooked their bed lights up to the door switch so they come on when the door is opened? I can easily go to the battery but prefer that the switch is not always hot.
This thread. Please remember that the blue wire is a fading ground.
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lig...der-truck.html
Also, if you change all your interior lighting to LEDs, then your amp draw, even with the LED bed lights should still be lower than stock.
My white 5 meter LED strip light pulls 2 amps.
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