So this is my frist attempt at a write up, and I borrowed knowledge extensively from many members, and since there were quite a few people who answered all my questions I figured I would attempt to pass along some of the info. I gathered.
The idea for this came from the sticky of wiring up bed lights, but I also wanted a switch in my cab, so I didn't have to run back to the bed every time I left them on. This also meant that I needed an indicator light in the cab so I know when they are left on.
The first picture is a basic layout of everything I used. From the top down I have
wire loom (you need more of this than you think)
Misc. connectors (both spade and butt sized to your wire)
Heat shrink tubing
white wire is hot wire from the lights
Middle row is my inline fuse
red wire is hot wire going back to the lights
and the lights installed in the cubby's
Bottom row is my LED indicator
black wire is the ground for the LED
my two switches and misc. other wire.
not pictured is the add-a-circuit that I ran back from my switch to a hot circuit in the fuse box
second picture is the lights installed in the truck. I ended up drilling and grounding the the frame inside the wheel wells, hot wires were routed under the bed with many many zip ties
Third picture is the switch I mounted in the storage bin (installed on the drivers side to keep the routing of the wires as simple as possible)
Fourth pic is the switch installed in the cab, with the green LED indicator light installed next to it. (I could not figure out a way to run lighted switches with this set up, if anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear them)
last pic is where the wiring comes out of the loom in the engine bay. The large red wire in front is running to my fuse, then on to the battery, the red wire behind goes into the wire loom and under the truck for my hot lead to the lights. The white wire is running to my switch circuit in the cab. The black wire in back is my ground.
The green wire you can see is actually coming from the switch in the bed, back to the fuse box, completeing the circuit with the add-a-fuse in the fuse box