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Hooking up bed lights to door switch

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by stump jumper, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. Apr 12, 2013 at 6:05 AM
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    stump jumper

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    I am sure some where in this forum I could find a thread on it. Has anyone hooked their bed lights up to the door switch so they come on when the door is opened? I can easily go to the battery but prefer that the switch is not always hot.
     
  2. Apr 12, 2013 at 6:11 AM
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    You might have a tough time making that work properly. The dome lights in the truck are actually controlled by the ECU, it's not just a simple door switch contact. The light fades out when it turns off also, not just a clean cut off. I wouldn't add more lights to that circuit, which leaves you with using that circuit as a trigger for a relay. The fading out could cause the relay to act up as the power slowly fades away.
     
  3. Apr 13, 2013 at 4:39 PM
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    I was thinking of doing the same thing, but instead installing footwell courtesy lights with ccfl(cold-cathode fluorescent lamps) which dont draw out a whole lot of power(I dont think).

    in order to make it work, a relay would have to be installed?

    CCFLs are used to light up computer cases, btw. the current draw is not that bad(5ma).

    I bought two sets of these from ebay.
     
  4. Apr 14, 2013 at 4:06 AM
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    The rope LEDs do not pull many amps. That and the fact that my Fords with a cargo light were hooked up that way. I am going to go ahead and try it.
     
  5. Apr 14, 2013 at 7:23 PM
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    This thread. Please remember that the blue wire is a fading ground.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lighting/267483-led-lights-under-truck.html
    Also, if you change all your interior lighting to LEDs, then your amp draw, even with the LED bed lights should still be lower than stock.
    My white 5 meter LED strip light pulls 2 amps.
     
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