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bed light woes, please advise

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TacoTuesday1, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. Jul 17, 2019 at 12:39 AM
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    TacoTuesday1

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    been researching bed lights:

    -4 light kit (touch on/off) from Robin Electronics, no longer available on Amazon
    -some pre-assembled kit for like $70 with switch
    -DIY using 5050 LED strip or something
    -"Tundra bed lights" (2), ~$70
    -anything else I'm not thinking of

    What does everyone do?

    For now I got this for $15 and am trying to figure out how to install it. Such as how to mod it to be more water-proof, and maybe more double-sided adhesive tape to stick everything somewhere in the bed. That or maybe gluing on magnets.

    But if the bed isn't magnetic maybe that won't work. Or double magnets; some stuck to the bed (double sided tape) and some glued on the light, to connect them.
    Not sure if it should stay in the bed, or in glovebox when not in use.

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  2. Jul 17, 2019 at 1:37 AM
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    deadpocketss

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  4. Jul 17, 2019 at 1:55 AM
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    I have something similar to that, it looks like the same. It has worked out well for me.

    Edit: Link to my how to...

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/bed-lights.600377/
     
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  6. Jul 17, 2019 at 11:13 AM
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  7. Jul 17, 2019 at 1:17 PM
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    Are you sure that’s not a tanning booth attached to your bed.
     
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  8. Jul 17, 2019 at 1:27 PM
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    I have the tundra bed lights. There ok so i added a 13” single row led bar off Amazon for $17 it definitely adds more light brand was kawell F566DE12-3D3F-4C23-9952-93A4FA60486A.jpgFCC3ADAA-2D0D-4EF8-A5F4-89A94FFCE05A.jpg
     
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  10. Jul 17, 2019 at 2:31 PM
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    Wow. Even more ideas than I knew of.
    That looks good enough; AND it's cheaper. ~$13 for 2

    Seems like that rear spot is still a possible mounting location, whether using the "Tundra" $70 lights or any other kind such as yours.
    That is one aspect; where the light points
    even if just a little light, better than none

    Looks interestingly attached
    I'm gonna go take a look at how the bed cleats mount and see if I can rig up a holder just like that, for a temporary LED (or permanent)
    not sure if a few bed cleats have to be sacrificed to build this (I've seen them for sale cheap used) or if it's done another way

    While the Tundra bed lights looked nice, I wasn't sure if they offer as much light as LED strips due to them having more coverage along the bed
     
  11. Jul 18, 2019 at 2:28 AM
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    Anyone have any experience with those little 2" KC Cyclone lights? I've been drawing up some schematics for an auxiliary fuse block and day dreaming all the s*** I can wire up once it's installed. Bed lights are definitely something I'd like to do since I keep a bed cover on most of the time. Just seeing if a couple of these would be sufficient (if anything they're probably overkill, but damn they look cool).
     
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