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LED bed light options under the tonneau cover

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Lvgmman, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. Apr 9, 2017 at 4:44 PM
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    Lvgmman

    Lvgmman [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So let me start off saying I don't have the truck in front of me right now so I am just brainstorming until my GF gets back with it. We are headed to LA this coming weekend to pickup our rock sliders while we are there I was trying to buy an oem tonneau cover setup but that may not work out and we may end up with a soft folding one like the tyger or gator tri-fold. Either way, as many threads in the past have noted, there won't be any light under the cover. Since I have already ordered the PnL kit we are pretty much committing to the tonneau cover as well. I started looking at options for lighting

    XKGlow bed lighting kit - I like this style but not using switches if it needs to be hardwired.

    https://www.amazon.com/WHITE-Truck-...rd_wg=jO8nz&psc=1&refRID=1R1BB1TAMEJVCPGW2MC7

    Truxedo battery powered kit - least permanent easiest to revert to stock and install

    https://www.amazon.com/TruXedo-1705...r1&keywords=tacoma+battery+powered+bed+lights

    Southeast Toyota kit - I like this design but I'm not a fan of cutting into factory harnesses if it can be avoided. Ideally if someone made something that looked like this and was stick on and battery powered i would probably just order those because I would prefer a lazy install.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SWXZPT8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_dp_FuaKybVVQ9S0V


    I feel these all have there own strengths and weaknesses but what I am kind of surprised about is at quick glance no one appears to be making them using a door pin that contacts the tailgate. In theory couldn't you just run 12vdc+ from the battery and put a door pin switch to ground and then hook them up to 12vdc stick on weatherproof rope light? I feel like this is a sub $20 project all in and I have to be missing something. It's one of those "I'm not finding what i want so maybe I'll just do something similar on my own" situations.

    My other thought is to do the same thing but rather than use a door pin use a latching relay off the wires i am already running for the PnL kit that way unlock turns them on and lock turns them off.

    There has to be an option made that does this already i feel like i just overlooked it.
     
  2. Apr 9, 2017 at 4:48 PM
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    Vbpiper

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  3. Apr 9, 2017 at 4:56 PM
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    not too offend anyone but i can do something fairly similar to that for ~$10 minus the wireless.

    didn't see the pin kit part until now, that's basically what I'm looking for but about 2 times more than i want to pay lol. I know DIY is always going to be cheaper than a pre-made product but yeah under $50 is what i feel to be reasonable. These look like slight over kill to me. I don't want the sun living under the tonneau cover, just some light so i can see my stuff lol
     
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  4. Apr 9, 2017 at 4:58 PM
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    @mattgecko, I have his lights and love them. Easy to install and work great.
     
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  5. Apr 9, 2017 at 5:08 PM
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    I actually just got bought a couple of LED puck lights that use AAA batteries and stuck them in the bed. Works fine for my purposes, but not very elegant.
     
  6. Apr 9, 2017 at 5:09 PM
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    This is literally where i was at about 2hrs ago, then i decided to go "all fancy" lol
     
  7. Apr 9, 2017 at 5:31 PM
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    ChemDawg

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    I bought 16ft 5050 led strip.. wire..switch and fuse off ebay. I dint pay much more than $20.
    For the prices in these "kits" id rather Build my own "kit".
     
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  8. Apr 9, 2017 at 5:34 PM
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  9. Apr 9, 2017 at 9:07 PM
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    Taco Dane used to sell kits and that's what I have and it's very well built,I've been out of the loop for awhile so idk if he is still around.
     

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