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Hardwire Tailgate LED Bar

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by icer22x, Jan 19, 2023.

  1. Jan 19, 2023 at 7:08 PM
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    icer22x

    icer22x [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I’m looking at getting the OPT light bar, but I want to hardwire it.

    I know too much about t taps to stay away from them, but I’m wanting to know the best way to tap into the trailer harness and keep it water proof.

    I figured I could cut the factory wires leading to the harness and twist them together with their respective wires from the light bar essentially creating one wire for each light feature (left blinker, right blinker, reverse, break, power) and solder them back into the harness. Then I’d finish up with shrink tubing.

    Is there a better way to do this?
     
  2. Jan 20, 2023 at 5:33 AM
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    I spliced into my trailer harness like you stated and soldered everything. Works great two years later. But if I were to do it again, ^ Gbourne has a great idea there.
     
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    Will this prevent the lag you see when using a wiring harness instead of hard wiring?
     
  5. Jan 20, 2023 at 1:01 PM
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    i believe that lag comes from the processor in the light strip working it’s magic to make the lights come on.

    if there isn’t a processor in the lights, then there shouldn’t be a lag. But if there isn’t a processor in the lights, then they won’t be fancy when lighting up.
     
  6. Jan 20, 2023 at 1:14 PM
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    crashdb

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    Came here to link that. Works like a charm. I initially used it for a Rigid chase light, but ended up removing it and making my own t-harness. Anyway, there was no lag between the taillights and the chase light. Before installing this light, pay attention to how many of these things crap the bed. I see trucks all the time with these half working or whatever. Just a heads-up before blowing your monies.
     
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  7. Jan 20, 2023 at 1:51 PM
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    Even the OPTs? They seem to be the most reliable of the bunch.
     
  8. Jan 20, 2023 at 1:54 PM
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    I have no idea. I just see them half working all the time. I remember shopping them at some point. I ended up going with a cheap one with the thinking that when it died, I wouldn't care as much. I would definitely read the Amazon reviews to see what experiences are like.
     

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