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Bed Light Install Questions

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Nick54, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. Jul 30, 2011 at 8:41 AM
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    Nick54

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    I am preparing to install these lights under my bed rails:
    [​IMG]

    I want them to activate in two ways, first from this tailgate switch:
    [​IMG]

    Then from this dash mounted switch:
    [​IMG]
    The back of this switch has three connections 1 is power in, 2 is power out, 3 is ground for switch indicating light


    Power will be provided from this fuse tap:
    [​IMG]

    Can this be done using the two switches I am showing? and if so, how would it be wired? If not what needs to be changed to make it happen?

    I took a shot at this diagram, tell me where the error(s) in circuitry are if there are any
    [​IMG]

    Thanks in advance for the help.
     
  2. Jul 30, 2011 at 8:26 PM
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    The wiring diagram makes since. I wonder if the dash switch will illuminate when the tailgate activates the circuit.

    Side note, what are the details on these lights? I would like to look at getting some too.
     
  3. Jul 30, 2011 at 8:36 PM
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    Nick54

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  4. Jul 31, 2011 at 6:00 PM
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    Anyone out here in TW have DC circuit experience that could either verify that this circuit will work or tell me I'll likely burn my truck to the ground and save my but by telling me how to wire it the right way.
     
  5. Jul 31, 2011 at 6:23 PM
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    I'm no expert but it looks like circuit might be ok I would suggest a relay after the switches and before the lights so that the switches them selves don't have to take the entire load. Maybe someone could back me up on that and provide some more info for you.
     
  6. Jul 31, 2011 at 6:31 PM
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    Your schematic looks ok, i am wondering, if you want the switch to be the master though? What i mean by that, do you want the switch on the dash to be able to control the lights regardless of tailgate switch?

    Edit, never mind, that is what you have drawn. And no it will not burn down your truck, LEDs are the safest illumination available.
     
  7. Jul 31, 2011 at 6:37 PM
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    No need for a relay, the load for LED's is 0.25ma they look like PLCC leds. These pre-fabricate led bars have current limiting resistors built in.
     
  8. Jul 31, 2011 at 7:04 PM
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    Do you think it would be best to connect to constant power or acc. power?
     
  9. Jul 31, 2011 at 10:33 PM
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    Being in the bed I would personally connect to constant.
     
  10. Jul 31, 2011 at 10:41 PM
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  11. Aug 3, 2011 at 7:19 PM
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    What's the advantage or difference between placing the lights after the switches in the circuit (as I have drawn the circuit) or before the switches (as this guy drew the circuit below)?

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Aug 3, 2011 at 9:56 PM
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    His wiring allows the lights to turn on when the switch is turned to the tailgate position and the tailgate pin switch is activated, or always of, or always on with the switch with less wiring. If you wanted the tailgate pin switch before the leds with the spdt switch you would need more wires. If that makes sense
     
  14. Aug 4, 2011 at 8:38 PM
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    Saw this product on Ozinum.com and thought it might be just the ticket to do what I want and still have additional connectivity to add other accessories later. Check it out and let's here your opinion.

    http://www.oznium.com/remote-switch/tech
     
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