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Another Bed Light Option?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Robman, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. Mar 15, 2016 at 3:33 PM
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    Robman

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    Anyone try something like this? May not be as thorough as the 5050LED strips, more like the Tundra/Tacoma OEM Kits but hella cheaper. Thoughts?

    Amazon Turbo Flood Lights: (http://www.amazon.com/Turbo-Lights-...e=UTF8&qid=1458075216&sr=8-68&keywords=tacoma) I'm thinking of hacking these up a bit and flush mounting in the same locations as the factory kit for $21!!!
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    Tundra/Tacoma Bed Light:
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  2. Mar 15, 2016 at 4:39 PM
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    any pics showing more of the bed with the lights. Thanks.
     
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    @george3: I haven't done it, wondering if anyone else has tried/failed thought it was crap etc.
     
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    Seems like unless you can find a way to point them into the bed and downward (like the oem ones) you will just be lighting up a small portion of your bed. How much did you pay for your truck? Couldn't you spring 100 bucks to get a proven quality product and be done with it? Just my thoughts. Mattgecko's led strip kit is the bees knees, by the way
     
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    @CO Ryan: Good point about the angle, I'll have to look into that. For $20 it might be worth it to just find out. Cost factors into it but I'm not sold on the OEM kit either. The LEDs on this kit seem brighter(how could I know that) and have tons of reflective material(if they are as pictured) compared to the OEM. The Amazon kit is intended as rear bumper flood lights so I would expect them to be bright(plus they have turbo, or is that the brand). I've seen pics of the OEM kit installed and its not impressive.(pics of lights, thats subjective) I do like the OEM kit because it looks OEM and I have my reservations about the LED strips...reminds me too much of the NEON people used to put under the cars in the 90's. Even though I think it probably does the best job of lighting the entire bed.

    @EdinCincinnati: Sorry but that kit is not clean enough for me, all sorts of brackets and wires. Nope.
     
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    Thanks for the reply - post some pics when you get the job done - which ever option you go with.
     
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    Yeah, I would agree that the oem kit doesn't look great. FWIW, here is the particular kit I was talking about, in case you haven't found this thread yet.

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/fs-waterproof-under-bed-rail-led-lights.253004/

    I have it, love it, and endorse it. Another plus that I have found with the strips is that when my bed is partially full, there is still light since they span the length/width of the bed. If you have something loaded in front of those lights; no light.
     
  9. Mar 15, 2016 at 5:31 PM
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    Yup!!! Thats exactly what I dont like about all these other solutions. Only the strips are unobstructed by partial loads.
     
  10. Mar 15, 2016 at 7:54 PM
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    "OEM" kit here... they put out plenty of light. Decided against the strips after reading stories here about partial failures and lack of durability.
     

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