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how to wire bed lamps:

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jefferson, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. Jun 30, 2012 at 9:29 PM
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    GrM25

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    I just did this mod but instead of running the wire all the way to the battery, I just tapped into the tail light (green wire). So the switch only gets power when the parking/tail lights are on.
     
  2. Dec 19, 2012 at 1:23 PM
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    Just got done with my set up and I love it. Harbor Freight 12.99 Halogen light set. Hardest part was running the wire to the battery (did not want to tie into brake light wires)......other than that a very easy mod and worth the money. Needed extra wire due to kit not coming with enough and bought a different switch because the one that comes with is impossible to mount. Thanks again!!

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  3. Apr 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM
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    New to TW and mods, but really liked this one. I needed some help on where to ground the lights on the DCSB. I saw some go to the tail light, but I don't have enough wire to get there. If that's the easiest place to go, what kind of wire do I need to add to the original ground to get there?

    Thanks in advance!

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  4. May 9, 2013 at 4:42 PM
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    This was perfect for underneath a bed cover. Thanks!
     
  5. May 6, 2014 at 7:03 PM
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    After reading this thread I decided to go with the harbor Freight lights that mycoma used and used an old style Tacoma rocker type flood light switch in the dash. I wired it up today and am very happy with my results!
     
  6. Feb 6, 2015 at 9:13 PM
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    Hunter2009

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    Great idea! ! I have been looking at led lights to illuminate my bed. I agree that a good place for that useless holder! Thats exacly the place mine will go!!
     
  7. Feb 9, 2015 at 9:21 AM
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    This is an old post but I know this thread is used by many to do the mod. I installed 2 switches...one in the cab and one on the backside of my taillight (in the bed). They are run as a 3-way switch so I can turn it on in the cab and off in the bed or any other combination.

    I do use both switches. If someone is loading something into my truck bed, and I'm in the cab, I flip it on for them. Or if I'm working in the back and need light, I turn on from the bed switch.

    I have had a few sets of cheap ebay LED light strips and they keep dying on me. Just got a new Harbor Freight store in town so I'm going to pick up the halogens and try those. I worry about water though. Mine are not always covered by the tonneau. We'll see I guess!
     
  8. Jan 23, 2017 at 12:11 AM
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    I have a '15 and got a Leer Lined canopy with it.....so I bought these wanting some light...
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    Since the conopy is lined I picked up some 1 inch velcro and pressed it with the wires centered under it. the velcro sticks, hides and secures the wires. I also used some to secure the lights in place. You cant see the wires at all as the black velcro blends in with the dark liner. I ran the wires into the canopys itty bitty tiny light and wired in place. the bed lights run along each side and make it bright as day.
     
  9. Apr 1, 2020 at 12:50 PM
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    Nice write up !
     

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