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LED Strip lighting installed under bed rails

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by wingfiry, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. Jan 4, 2017 at 12:54 PM
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    wingfiry

    wingfiry [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So... I just installed some LED Tape that I got from Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HSF66JO) under my bed rails. Being a network monkey, I had some extra Cat5e cable and used that for the wire runs. already shielded and, having 8 24 gauge wires, I used 4 for power and 4 for ground.
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    I replaced the pocket on the left lower dash with the three switch plate, and plugged into the unused Bed light harness (It didn't come with the light or switch since I have an access cab) with some mini-fuse taps (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CQDRRA) which let me plug right into the harness without tapping or splicing wires. ;-)

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    with both strips lit up, you can certainly see them during the day, but *really* lights everything up at night!
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  2. Jan 4, 2017 at 2:32 PM
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    ChasVS

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    Do you have any pics of the switch tap and how you wired it? I've got the same Cab and would love to wire some bed LEDs this way!!! Any details would be great to have! Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. Jan 4, 2017 at 2:36 PM
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  4. Jan 4, 2017 at 4:27 PM
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    yes, please share where you tap into constant power source. my previous one, i mount the switch inside the one of the two small compartment at the truck bed.
     
  5. Jan 4, 2017 at 6:43 PM
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    how did you remove that panel to install that switch panel in the dash?
     
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  6. Jan 5, 2017 at 6:49 AM
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    There are three bolts on the bottom of the panel that you need to remove, and then just pull around the edges. It'll pop off.
     
  7. Jan 5, 2017 at 6:50 AM
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    That small panel with the switches and cubby just unsnaps if you carefully pry around the outside with a plastic interior removal tool or something similar to protect from scratching the dash area. The Cubby and lower switches are all on the same piece. Cubby is screwed on from the back of the that piece. I added a switch for my Dash Cam where he has the Clutch Start Cancel switch.
     
  8. Jan 5, 2017 at 7:00 AM
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    thank you! i am about to order the piece for the switches was just unsure of how it came out. "pull just dont break lol"
     

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