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Rear LED Amber light strip for turn signals

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BeaverYota, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. Jun 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM
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    BeaverYota

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    I've been searching for a while and haven't found any answers. I want to wire some LED strips into my turn signals on the tailgate, kind of like these Rampage LED tailgate lights http://www.amazon.com/Rampage-960135-LED-Tailgate-Light/dp/B00143Z1A6/ref=sr_sp-atf_image_1_3?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1403040568&sr=1-3&keywords=brake+light+bar but since my turn signals are amber, I don't want to use a red LED and I just want the lights to be turn signals. I assume I should be able to buy a couple of amber LED strips and just wire them into the turn signal wire, but I don't know much about wiring and wanted to ask opinions and for info before I just start wiring.
    Your help is much appreciated.
     
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    I've seen these in red but never amber. IMO, you're asking to be pulled over if you convert to using the strips only. There are funny rules about things being DOT approved. Even if you find amber ones, I think it will be problematic.
     
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    I'm not going to get rid of my turn signals. Just going to add the amber to accent them by placing them under the tailgate. I want to buy two led strips, and wire each into the respective sides turn signal. Trust me, no intentions for breaking laws, just want to possibly add another turn signal light.
     
  4. Jun 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM
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    You can get a splitter to plug into your 4 pin trailer harness that way you can use the lights and hook up a trailer.
     
  5. Jun 18, 2014 at 12:38 AM
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    The Sketchy Way: LED strips don't draw much power, so you could probably tap into the wires running to each respective turn signal to power your LED strips, but this may blow a fuse.

    The Good Way: Use a relay. This will allow you to pull power from a safe place, like an auxiliary fuse block, but the relay would connect to the wire for the turn signal to switch your light bar on / off. Even if you are new to wiring, using relay's is easy! Buy one at an auto parts store and it will have a wiring diagram to show what to connect to each wire.

    I wouldn't worry about being pulled over for something like this as it won't be TOO in your face, nor does it replace your existing turn signals. I've often thought of mounting 4 inch low power LED bars into the track system in the bed near the rear window and wiring them to the turn signals! I also would like to have a momentary switch in the cab that would allow me to flash them rapidly simultaneously when people are tailgating me. That obviously wouldn't be as legal.. but it should would surprise those damn tailgaters.
     
  6. Jun 18, 2014 at 6:19 AM
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    If I plug them into the trailer harness, wouldn't they respond to braking as well as blinkers? I know that's what the actual tailgate strips do, and I don't want them to light for brakes, just for blinkers.
    Jackrules, I think I'll probably end up trying what you recommended with the relay, if I do end up adding some little LEDs. With your sketchy way, would it be possible to add a larger fuse to prevent it from blowing? Just asking from informational point of view. And I love your idea to flash them at tailgaters. I always wanted one of those scrolling word bars to have a message to flash at people or something.
    Thanks for your responses guys.
     
  7. Jun 18, 2014 at 6:29 AM
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    Use of the trailering connector results in a combo turn signal/brake light. So they will light with braking. Thats why most opt for red. Just pull your tail lights and tap into the blinker bulb circuit on each side; taps will be fine and you can get a ground from the metal behind the light if need be. I sincerely doubt adding led's will cause a fuse to blow, or change the blinker speed that much.

    Also don't forget NOT to cover your spare tire access port with the led strip ( in the middle); I've seen taco owners with full length strips and wondered how they'd get their spare out...
     
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    ^ Yeah that was one reason I didn't want to do a full strip across the back, just two smaller strips on each side. This was my original thinking too, that I should be able to tap into the blinker circuit and since they'll be small LEDs, they shouldn't draw enough to majorly throw off the amperage.
     
  9. Jun 18, 2014 at 6:59 AM
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    Search for : AMBER BRIGHT 12" 36 LED Waterproof Flexible Light Strip BLACK PCB BACKING on ebay.
    This may be what you're looking for. If only used for turn signals, the cops may leave you alone.
     
  10. Jun 18, 2014 at 10:28 AM
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    Yeah that looks like what I'm thinking of using. I figure if I'm only using them for turn signals it'll actually help my visibility and therefore shouldnt be an issue.
     

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