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Anzo USA LED Truck Bed Lights install

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by battlezone, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Jan 7, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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    battlezone

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    I just purchased these bed lights:
    http://www.autoanything.com/hitch-bed-accessories/69A5259A0A0.aspx

    and i want to control them with my factory fog light switch:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008YVOLH0/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

    I want them to go off when i lock my car, no matter whether the switch is engaged or not. is there a way to accomplish this? or does anyone have any other ideas of a better way to control these lights? I want to be able to turn them on inside the cab and have them turn off like all the other lights in my truck so that i dont run down the battery. I have a 2012 tacoma trd sport v6, just for completeness sake.
     
  2. Jan 8, 2013 at 9:45 PM
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    You could wire them like this... but they would turn off when the key turns off. This is how most people wire aux lighting.

    wiring diagram.gif
     
  3. Jan 8, 2013 at 10:29 PM
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    Let me know how the lights you ordered turn out, I've been wanting to do this bedlight mod for ages but cant seem to find LED's that I want
     
  4. Jan 9, 2013 at 1:17 AM
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    :thumbsup: nice method!
     
  5. Jan 9, 2013 at 7:23 AM
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    is there no way to have it go off like the interior lights? if the key comes out i'd kinda like to keep the lights on, because i wouldn't wanna keep my keys in the truck, because that would just leave it vulnerable to theft, you know?
     
  6. Jan 9, 2013 at 8:45 AM
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    Wire them up with a relay that triggers off your interior light voltage. Done.
     
  7. Jan 9, 2013 at 9:33 AM
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    well yeah but where can i find that relay? because that should already be existing, shouldnt it?
     
  8. Jan 9, 2013 at 9:43 AM
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    no. you will add a new relay for your new light circuit you are adding. I would not try to piggy back it onto the existing circuit as that means the stock harness (wires) are now handling a LOT more load thatn they were desinged for (only designed for the overhead lamp, now you are making it supply all those LED pods PLUS the overhead lamp...they are designed with a margin of safety, but that would be pushing it).

    Add a new circuit with a new relay so that the only load that is added to the existing cirtuit is the current required to trigger the new relay (very minor). Wouldnt want to risk overloading the wires and burning your truck down would you?
     
  9. Jan 9, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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    i agree that wasnt something i wanted to do, i think i used the wrong word..instead of relay i meant to say what fuse am i looking for if i want to turn them on with the interior wouldnt they need to be on the same fuse or no?
     
  10. Jan 9, 2013 at 12:07 PM
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    No, you will blow fuses if you use the same fuse (unless you ad larger fuse, in which case you run teh risk of burning the truck down again). You will make a complelty seperate circuit (12V supply from somewhere else, aux fuse block etc). the only link between your dome light circuit and your bed lights will be that you use the dome light to trigger the relay you will have in your bed light circuit.
     
  11. Jan 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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    Barlowrs, I understand what you're saying but the interior light stays on for maybe 15 seconds after the door is closed? If you took voltage off of that to power a relay for the bed lights they would turn off when the interior light turns off. It would work if he kept the door open while using the bed lights... not sure if that's what the OP is after though.

    EDIT: Or are you talking about using the dome light switch to turn on the bed lights
     
  12. Jan 9, 2013 at 2:04 PM
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    Maybe I misunderstood the OP. I thought he meant he wanted them to work with the dome light:

    But reading more closely, maybe that is not what he wants, he wants it LIKE them.
     
  13. Jan 13, 2013 at 11:37 PM
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    To the OP, found this for you shows where to tap into the dome light wire. The lights will be controlled by the dome light switch and bed lights will come on whenever door is opened, or when you hit the unlock button with doors closed. (They will only be on for a short time though) If you have the dome light switch to the position of "ON" you wont be able to shut the lights off by hitting your lock button.

    Hope this helps and let us know how it goes.
     
  14. Jan 14, 2013 at 7:59 AM
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    @Ronn not sure if i am missing something, but i dont see a link to anything..lol
     
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