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LED Bed Lighting Question

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by tomcat91783, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. Jun 7, 2012 at 7:52 PM
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    tomcat91783

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    I need help; I want to install LED bed lights with the switch placed in one of the empty slots on the left hand side of the steering wheel. I already bought the LED strips and Rocker Switch, I just need to know where and how to connect it to from the trucks power source > switch > LED's. If anyone knows of a link or can help that would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Jun 7, 2012 at 8:58 PM
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    MJonAgs32

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    I would post the link, but I'm on my phone. Check my build for the link to how I did mine. Done exactly the way you want with a diagram that I drew out
     
  3. Jun 8, 2012 at 12:17 AM
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    tomcat91783

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    Thanks alot Bro, this is what exactly I was looking for
     
  4. Jun 8, 2012 at 12:31 AM
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    Drunknsloth

    Drunknsloth Indffrnce will be the fall of manknd but who cares

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  5. Jun 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM
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    tomcat91783

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    I saw the diagram and BTW I'm completely new at electrical stuff; when you indicated that you grounded the LED strips onto the frame and Rocker Switch for illumination. What does that mean and what did you do?
     
  6. Jun 9, 2012 at 12:10 AM
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    Drunknsloth

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    See Step 17 and 18 of my DIY. Grounding the lights to the chassis completes the electric circuit because the negative of your battery is also connected to the chassis so you don't have to run a wire all the way back up to the battery. This allows you to ground basically anywhere metal on the truck that is bolted to the chassis. If you have a lighted switch then you need to run a wire to a ground to complete the circuit for that little light. With a basic lighted switch you shouldn't need to run a separate power source to it. It just draws the current from the original power source you have running to it.
     
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