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Bed lights?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by casahac, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. Jan 5, 2014 at 5:26 PM
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    casahac

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    Does anyone have a recommendation for bed lights for my '13 Tacoma standard bed? It's about the only thing my F-150 has that I miss on my Tacoma. We often come home late and have to unload small items out of the bed in the dark. A set of lights would be most helpful.

    Thanks for any ideas,

    John
     
  2. Jan 5, 2014 at 5:30 PM
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    Look up MattGecko. He makes bedlights that people like on here
     
  3. Jan 5, 2014 at 5:33 PM
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    schleygo

    schleygo Well-Known Member

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    skidooman

    skidooman I'm your huckleberry

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    LEDs are the only way to go. I did this to my truck today.


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    IMG_7369 by tbrown6912, on Flickr
     
  5. Jan 5, 2014 at 8:15 PM
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    You can build your own if you have very basic knowledge of electrical and how to solder, $15 strip of LED's, some wire, switch, double sided tape or velcro. Tons of how to threads floating around with endless possibilities to add your own twist.

    Completed my install today using the below items.
    LED Strips
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003G9408K/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Toggle switch with Black waterproof boot
    Blue Sea Toggle
    http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Sea-Systems-WeatherDeck-ON-OFF/dp/B000MMFIZS/ref=pd_sim_sg_1
    Blue Sea Toggle waterproof boot
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MMC7HU/ref=ox_ya_os_product


    I used 18 gauge wire and connected to my auxiliary fuse block, recommend an inline fuse if you don't have an aftermarket fuse block yet.

    Installed the switch near the factory inverter:
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  6. Jun 10, 2015 at 2:39 PM
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    WarEagleTacoma

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    SixthSnail

    SixthSnail I have no idea what I'm doing

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    I used a few packs of those self adhesive LED strips you can get from Walmart and stuck them under the frame of my roll-up tonneau.

    image.jpg
     
  9. Jun 10, 2015 at 3:09 PM
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    Here is what they look like turned on, we didn't have another Tacoma on the lot with them at the moment. This is the same part number but installed on a Tundra XSP with the bed cover folder closed so you can see how bright they are during the day.
    LED LIGHT ON.jpg
     
  10. Jun 10, 2015 at 3:20 PM
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    Fucking look it up
  11. Jun 10, 2015 at 4:22 PM
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    2 pods with 9 leds per pod..... for 65 bucks.... or 12feet of LED's with an led per inch for < 15 bucks.... you do the math.
     
  12. Jun 10, 2015 at 4:27 PM
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    You have a point, I just prefer factory stuff and it has a nice clean look and an easy install. Didn't say the other was a bad idea, it's just not for me
     
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  13. Jun 10, 2015 at 7:05 PM
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    outxider

    outxider Never stop exploring.

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    A few mods here and there and counting....
    Same here. The ones posted above looks pretty sweet.

     
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  14. Jun 11, 2015 at 3:44 AM
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    My LED 5050s failed after less than 2 years. I am going with 2 Shoreline 8" submersibles. I have them hooked in to interior light circuit
     
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    x2 on Matt's LED product :D
     
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    Are they the MattGecko ones that failed?
     
  17. Jun 11, 2015 at 9:30 AM
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    You cant even see the LED strips underneath the bed rails!
     
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    Not sure. They are the 16.5' waterproof roll they sell on Amazon and or Ebay for like $15. I mounted under the rails. Lights discolored from the sun fairly quick. I had to use double sided 3M tape. Adhesive that came with did not hold. The Shorelines will be much easier to replace if I need to.
     
  19. Jun 12, 2015 at 7:23 AM
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    My fear with the 65.00 leds is shadowing.. what if you have some stuff right near the light? It wont illuminate the rest of the bed.

    I have the LED strips installed under the rails in my bed, 6 months later they work great (even through a MN winter). I did solder the connections and shrink tube them together at the corners, i didnt trust the chinsy jap connectors to hold up. And i did have to put a little gorilla glue on some spots that started to hang down too but that was my fault for not cleaning the surface well enough on install. I also have a Magnet Switch on the tailgate so the lights turn on automatically when i drop the gate, which is the BEST way to have these come on (kudos to another thread on here for that idea). I also put a toggle switch in line so i can turn them off if i want. I show this to my buds with factory lights on their new trucks and they're pretty jealous...
     
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