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Matt Gecko's under hood LED lighting ket - hood switch install

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by dreed47, Oct 13, 2021.

  1. Oct 13, 2021 at 12:40 PM
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    dreed47

    dreed47 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I purchased Matt Gecko's under hood LED lighting ket for my 2009 Tacoma. The kit includes a push button switch. Has anyone installed some kind of switch that activates when the hood opens? Obviously I can try to locate a switch that might work then try to find a spot to mount it but I figured if it's been done by others it might save me some headaches and time.

    thx
     
  2. Oct 13, 2021 at 12:47 PM
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    I am not too familiar with the Matt Gecko set up, but if it uses a relay, you can easily tie 86 to a hot source, and 85 to a ground switch that trips when the hood is opened.
     
  3. Oct 13, 2021 at 1:56 PM
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    Makes sense, it doesn't use a rely but I could put one in. But any suggestions for a ground switch to use?
     
  4. Oct 13, 2021 at 2:04 PM
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    Just a basic one like you would use with an alarm should suffice.
    https://www.amazon.com/RKURCK-Switch-Adjustable-Security-Universal/dp/B07MYRR3X9?dchild=1&keywords=hood+switch&qid=1634158832&sr=8-4
    You can also hook it up without the relay if it is low enough amperage. You just want to make sure it doesn’t arc when the switch is made. But hook one side of the lights straight to a constant 12v+, and the other side to a switch like that.
     
  5. Oct 14, 2021 at 2:08 AM
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    Im about to do this mod also. I have a bunch of pin switches that im probably going to use. I bought a set of rock lights from harbor freight. I got a great deal on them i had $10 off coupon. And im going to mount them using these
    ULIBERMAGNET 4Pack Anti-Scratch Neodymium Magnet with Rubber Coated and M6 Male Thread,Super Strong Magnetic Mounting for Lighting,Camera,Tools and equipement https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0923LLS6N
     
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  6. Oct 18, 2021 at 9:14 AM
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    Great idea, definitely putting this light kit and idea on the long list of future things to do. lol
     
  7. Oct 20, 2021 at 5:04 PM
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    Added a bunch of stuff. Cut to fit 285 AT3’s
    I’m going to have to get this added to the list of wiring projects in the near future.
     
  8. Oct 20, 2021 at 5:19 PM
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    I've used a brake light switch for a similar application.

    Literally decades ago.
     
  9. Oct 20, 2021 at 5:27 PM
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