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Can someone recommend a switch?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Diego1931, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. Sep 20, 2016 at 8:30 AM
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    Diego1931

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    I'm looking at installing led strips under the hood for engine bay lighting. I have picked out some led strips on Amazon, but am curious if anyone has done this already and if so what switch they used? I would prefer the light to just come on when I open the hood so was thinking about an out of level sensor switch (like a mercury switch) or a push switch that can be mounted somewhere that the hood would engage the switch when closed. I am also not opposed to mounting a switch somewhere under the hood to manually turn them on. Just curious what you guys have done?
     
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    This is what you need right here, used one like this for my hood lights. I'll post some pictures of my setup!
    https://www.amazon.com/Ninth-City-A...id=1474385529&sr=8-1&keywords=hood+pin+switch
     
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    That's...that's mint. That's exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks a ton...
     
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    Out of curiosity, how did you wire it? Where did you run the wires for your light? Did you come down the hood and past the drivers side hinge for a path? And I'm kinda of confused looking at this switch. Only one wire? I thought it would have a 12v in, 12v out, and a ground? How does it tie in to your system?
     
  6. Sep 20, 2016 at 9:30 AM
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    Or am I retarded? I just thought that maybe this is the grounding point? Is that the idea? Switch closes, grounds the circuit, lights come on?
     
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    Your welcome man!

    I came down last the hinge, you can see the wire in the picture.

    Yep you got it!
     
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  9. Oct 1, 2016 at 1:24 PM
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    Did it the other night. Works great. It's a ground switch. Run your negative line to it. Breaks the circuit with hood closed.when you open the ground makes contact and light comes on
     
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