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Bed lights 2 Switches

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by CayucosTacoma, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Mar 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM
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    CayucosTacoma

    CayucosTacoma [OP] Just think outside the Yota

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    So ive been following this thread
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lighting/205103-bed-lighting-question-4.html

    and it completely confused me even more.
    What i am wanting to do is have a switch in my cab so i can turn the bed lights on, however i also want to have a pin switch installed so when i open my tail gate it turns on.

    So basically what i am saying is that i want the lights to turn on either way.
    Anyone know how i can do this?

    Thanks
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  2. Mar 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM
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    CayucosTacoma [OP] Just think outside the Yota

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    But i also want to be able to turn off the bed lights with the in cab switch, for when i have my tail gate open for a long time
     
  3. Mar 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM
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    3 way switch? On off on...
     
  4. Mar 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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  5. Mar 29, 2012 at 5:32 PM
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    ill try to clarify this i guess.
    So I want to be able to push a switch in my cab to turn on the bed lights.
    But i also want to be able to just open my tail gate and have the lights automatically turn on.

    And i want to be able to turn the bed lights off with the switch inside my truck so i can drive with my tail gate down if needed
     
  6. Mar 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM
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    Right. I think a on-off-on will work if u run one side to a pin switch at the tailgate. :notsure:
     
  7. Mar 29, 2012 at 5:36 PM
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  8. Mar 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM
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    yea i was planning on using a pin switch,
     
  9. Mar 29, 2012 at 5:43 PM
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    If you run power from one side of the switch and use the pin to interior the power and the other on side to turn them on full time and the off to bypass and keep them off it should work....?
     
  11. Mar 29, 2012 at 5:46 PM
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    Seems about right, I think.. :confused:
     
  12. Mar 29, 2012 at 5:54 PM
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    Here's a wiring schematic for ya... 2 switches, 1 relay, and a pin switch.

    [​IMG]

    Personally, safer than running power through switches
     
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    Awesome.
     
  14. Mar 29, 2012 at 8:30 PM
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    Awesome, just what i was looking for.
    But what does SPDT and SPST stand for?
     
  15. Mar 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM
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    Single pole single throw. An on off switch. Single pole double throw. On off on switch.
     
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    This is the same Idea I used for my LEDs under my doors. Switch in the Up position the LED's are always on (OP's suggestion of tailgating and not wanting to run the battery dead, except always off), Middle position the LED's are off no matter what, and the down position the LED's are controlled by the door pin switches for the Dome light.
     
  17. Mar 29, 2012 at 8:52 PM
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    and for the SPST i couldnt just hook it up to the Pin switch? or is that what you are reffering to
     
  18. Mar 29, 2012 at 9:11 PM
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    You don't need to use the SPST switch if you don't want to. The only reason you would want that is to be able to turn the lights on from the rear of the truck without opening the tailgate. Seems redundant to me. Rest of the diagram looks good. You need the relay because the pin switch can't take full current to two decent sized lights.
     
  19. Mar 29, 2012 at 9:16 PM
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    might as well throw one in there since i have one laying around. And i figured i might as well use relays.
    Thanks for the help everyone.
     
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