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Teaser Pic(s), Tonneau cover lights

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by vtrguy, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Feb 5, 2013 at 7:23 PM
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    vtrguy

    vtrguy [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Jarrod
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    '01 Taco TRD xCab SR5
    Deckplate, Full OME kit, Snugtop Camper, Camry ignition ring, TRD Catback
    So I don't always have my tonneau cover open at night for when I'm loading, but when I do, I am constantly irritated by the lack of lighting and am not happy with the products available.

    Solution: make a kit.

    Teaser:

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    The "kit" consists of 3(+) recessed mount 3-watt led fixtures, full wiring, 2 switches and a "concealer" for all the wiring.


    The picture is just the fixtures "affixed" to the cover.


    Principle idea: I want the lights on whenever I open the cover and I want to be able to override that using a switch (meaning the light will stay off with the cover open for daytime use).


    I'll post some more pictures of the prototype when I'm done (~the next week).


    It can be used in any tonneau or camper (with modifications on my end and a different mounting method) and will be fully customizable (ie # of lights, automatic switches, input source, concealer color), I'll just need a few answers from any user to determine the best method.


    The picture above represents the circuit powered on a 9v battery just to give you an idea of the light output. It will be approximately 25% brighter when run off the battery.


    Any input/interest is much appreciated! Feel free to post questions here.
     
  2. Feb 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM
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    vtrguy

    vtrguy [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Chico
    Vehicle:
    '01 Taco TRD xCab SR5
    Deckplate, Full OME kit, Snugtop Camper, Camry ignition ring, TRD Catback
    Here's a few pictures of the lights as they sit without the cover for the wiring or switchs.

    All three:
    [​IMG]

    Close-up of recessed fixture:
    [​IMG]

    Still working on the wiring cover and it will be black out-door carpeting.
    It will work wonders for anyone with a bare fiberglass cover.

    It took me around 25 minutes to measure for all the holes and cut and it will probably take me another 25 to get the automatic switch and override installed with the cover once they're all done.

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    Set-ups with more than 3 lights will require a dedicated power supply to each fixture so if you plan on expanding the system at any point in the future I would need to know that going into it so I can give you an expandable wiring harness.
     
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