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Secondary Switch for bed lights???

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Sack17, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. Apr 17, 2010 at 8:19 AM
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    Sack17

    Sack17 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a set of bed lights, and currently the switch is in one of the bed storage compartments. I would like to be able to flip them on from inside the cab too. Not sure how to go about splicing another switch. It may be really simple, but I'm not that good with wiring. Thanks guys.
     
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    Do you want it so that you can turn it on with either switch, but both must be "off" for the lights to be of?

    Or do you want it so that it can be turned on or off with either switch (like light switches are wired in a house)?
     
  4. Apr 17, 2010 at 1:12 PM
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    Sack17

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    Yes like the light switches are wired in a house. Would that be more difficult to wire?
     
  5. Nov 18, 2010 at 5:41 AM
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    I know this is old, but in case whoever stumbles upon this next is curious: It is called a three-way switch. Instead of the switch being either on or off, it is either touching contact A or contact B. These can also be used as only on off by leaving contact B unconnected. This link gives an overview of how to wire two of them up. Essentially the wires out of one switch cross to the next switch, then go to the wire (better explanation in the website) but then the switches can be in either position and just have to switch one to "connect" the circuit.
    http://www.electrical-online.com/extra-graphics/3wayswitch.htm

    Good luck, it really is much simpler than it sounds.
     
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