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Courtesy and Rock Lights

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by bstrange, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. Nov 13, 2017 at 2:13 PM
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    bstrange

    bstrange [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Four “courtesy lights”, one for each door, that come on and off with the dome light.

    Four “rock lights”, two each on the front and rear bumper, that come on manually with a switch. When I turn the rock lights on I want the courtesy lights to come on as well (for a total of 8 lights).

    The lights I chose pull about 200-300mA each. I didn’t want to draw this from the dome circuit so I had to put in interposing relays.

    My first stab at this did not include the timer. When S1 is set to “dome” and the dome light comes on R2 is engaged and powers L1-L4. However, there was a major problem. Since the dome lights are auto dimming the signal gets to a point that the relay rapidly opens and closes. When the lights are coming on or off theres a point where the “fading” signal is enough to engage the relay but not hold it so you get a burst of on-off-on-off-…… The lights flash and its pretty but a relay will not last long under these conditions.

    So I had to add the timer. This timer is really cool. There are several functions you can program it for. I used this on my bedlights. I programmed it to come on immediately when power is applied, turn off immediately when power is removed, and turn off after about 10 minutes if the power is left on. I didn’t want to shut the bed cover with the bed lights on and have it run down the battery.

    I had to program it differently for the dome light though. I put it for a delay on / delay off with inverted trigger. So as the dome light is pulling the signal low it gets to the point that it triggers the timer. At that point there is a delay before it drives the output high. This delay is programmed for just a split second, long enough to ignore the dome light signal until it gets fully charged / discharged. In other words there will be a point when the timer is triggered, a split second where it doesn’t care what the trigger is doing, and the output goes high. The same time delay is in place when the light turns off as well, except the lights stay on for a bit to let the dome circuit settle.

    This timer was programmed with function 10 and trigger 4.

    The final problem was that the timer trigger was “leaking” enough that the dome lights would never turn off. Adding D1 prevented this.

    The middle position of S1 turns off all the lights (dome lights still works but no exterior lights)(incognito mode).

    D2 allows the rock lights and the courtesy lights to both come on in the “rock” position.


    L1-L8 Lights

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M0T8DT5/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    S1 Switch

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LZK50VO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    D2 BIG Diode

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011CP4EFS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    R1 and R2 Relay

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RV9ZUEO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    D1 Small Diode

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W17LOBO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1



    T1 Timer $20

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PD65UGA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    1 Courtesy Lights.jpg
    2.jpg
    3.jpg
    4.jpg
    Rock Lights Schematic.jpg
     
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  2. Nov 13, 2017 at 2:32 PM
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    Sand Shark

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    Awesome. Great write up. The schematic takes me back to my C-130 Avionics days.

    How did you mount the lights and run the wires?

    Pictures of the undercarriage.

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    Side note..If Melissa McCarthy was involved in the Hollywood sex scandal... I'm never watching any movie again.
     
  3. Nov 13, 2017 at 2:59 PM
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    RocTaco

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    Looks awesome! I think the white works well without looking all “fast and the furious”

    Disclaimer: I love those movies lol.
     
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  4. Nov 13, 2017 at 3:03 PM
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    Rosewood

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    Really nice job.
     
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  5. Nov 13, 2017 at 3:06 PM
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    OSUTacoma

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    Looks great . I have gotten some LED strips from Matt Gecko , they arent istalled yet. I was also looking at LUXlighting system , theyre magnetic . Thats a great look you have there .
     
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  6. Nov 13, 2017 at 4:52 PM
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    kwalton

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    I'm in the process of doing the same thing. I am going to be using 4 for the doors then 1 for each wheel well and finally 2 in the front and 2 in the back. Also using white.
     
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  7. Nov 14, 2017 at 9:50 AM
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    Corneeeeelius

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    What a fun truck!
    @bstrange Where did you tap the dome light circuit?
     
  8. Apr 29, 2018 at 7:06 PM
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    KTJO 4x4

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    I’m hoping you can help. I hooked up my wiring for my 4 Rock Lights and my 2 LED Strip Lights on each side. I used the following wiring diagram

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    Everything is working just how I want it except for one thing...the Switch is not activating the side LED Strips to come on with the Rock Lights. So the Dome triggers the LED Strips on the side just like I want and the diode is preventing the Rock Lights and Switch to activate. So I know that’s done correctly. The Switch triggers the Rock Lights in the Front and Rear to come on just like I want and the diode is preventing the back feed into the Dome Light to activate. So I know that’s done correctly. However, I have the diodes in a location so that when I hit the switch it should power on all the lights: Rock/Coutesy Lights without backfeeding into the dome, but it’s not. My question is, what am I missing? I’m not really sure what I’m missing or maybe it’s just not possible without a timer or something.

    I feel like I have the flow going correctly for it all to work but it’s not

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    My goal is to do the same as you. Have the switch turn on all the lights and have the dome just turn on the side lights.
     
  9. May 29, 2018 at 10:01 AM
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    What a fun truck!
    Finally hooked this up last night. This is so awesome!
     
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  10. Jun 7, 2018 at 12:43 PM
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