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Thinking about adding some LED lights for front, rear, and bed lighting.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Dangorah, Oct 23, 2017.

  1. Oct 23, 2017 at 9:04 PM
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    Dangorah

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    I want to keep the lighting nice and smooth looking on the truck without having large pods sticking out everywhere. I would like ditch lights for the front, bed lights, and rear bumper lights.

    Front/Ditch lights: Used for night driving in the backcountry or trying to set up camp in the dark.

    I'm thinking about just buying a Rago Fabrication ditch light kit and adding some LED pods here. I have a cheap set of 18W LED pods from Amazon on a motorcycle of mine but I feel like ditch lights should be a bit more powerful and have a longer range than these. Anyone recommend some Lights that are no more than $100 that I can mount as ditch lights?

    Bed lights: Used for loading and unloading items in the bed.

    I like having lighting in the bed especially since I load my dirtbike in there at night and its difficult to see things unless I wear a headlamp. I also feel this would be helpful for unpacking camping gear etc at night. I am planning on using these lights I found on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/MICTUNING-Wa...8817163&sr=1-2-spell&keywords=led+bed+dlights
    They would go under the bed rail lip to keep them hidden and wired under the frame to the engine bay and to a switch in the cabin.

    Rear backup lights/auxiliary lighting: Used for backing up as well as lighting up campsites for unloading and setting up camp.

    I would like to have these wired to a switch where I can turn them on without having the truck in reverse as well as have them turn on when in reverse. A few sites I've camped at I have only had room to back the truck in and I really would like to have the backup lights on so I can set up my gear without having the truck in reverse. I was thinking about buying these cheap amazon LED pods that sit flush into the rear bumper, will require some cutting but I don't think it'll look bad. Plus, the light these give off (18W) should be good enough for setting up camp. https://www.amazon.com/Nilight-Driv...=1508817383&sr=1-8&keywords=led+backup+lights

    For the switch board I am thinking about just using 3 rocker switches and mount them inside my fuse panel on the bottom left of the steering wheel. This way it looks clean and out of the way, plus I don't have to cut into any of the dash. I can replace that panel if I ever want to remove them.

    Do you think this is a good setup? What ditch lights would you recommend for under $100? How would I go about setting up the 3 way switch for the reverse lights? Is there another way to mount reverse lights without having them sticking out somewhere?

    Sorry for the short story looking post lol I have put some thought into this and want to hear some ideas before I pull the trigger on this project to be sure I've thought it through.

    Thank you!
     
  2. Oct 23, 2017 at 9:28 PM
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    mechanicjon

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    Crow_of_judgement

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    I have the rago fabrications ditch light brackets and opt 7 pods, its fairly decent.
     
  4. Dec 25, 2017 at 12:16 PM
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    Do you have any pics of the rago fab mounts?
     
  5. Dec 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM
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  6. Dec 25, 2017 at 1:02 PM
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    20170725_173412.jpg 20170725_173412.jpg 20170725_173405.jpg rago fab mounts.
     
  7. Dec 25, 2017 at 1:14 PM
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    the above pics are with Amazon cheapies, work great. the mounts cost 2x's what the lights did.
     
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