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Toolbox LEDs on lid open write up.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Large, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. Nov 26, 2011 at 11:41 AM
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    Large

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    My first write up, be gentle.

    Drilled a hole for my pressure switch in the back on passenger side:
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    here's an outside shot:
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    installed the switch:
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    the lid open, the switch depresses and contact is made:
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    note: there are sharp edges all around the hole and where i cut out from the toolbox, ill get to that in a minute.

    inside shot, really blurry:
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    had some LED strips from harbor freight, $12 for a 4 pack, they are 1.2V, used some adhesive from lowe's that was $4, caked the lights inside the lip of the toolbox, here is the wiring i ran:
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    another angle:
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    terminated the wiring:
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    used 3m double sided automotive tape, placed a strip about 3 foot long between the LED strips for my wiring, tucked the wires in, this is the end result:
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    here are the lights on:
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    here is the switch wired up:
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    used an inline fuse and ran a hot to the battery and
    for the sharp edges I used a dremel to smooth them out and a pencil file for a smooth finish, on the outside and inside of the switch i used silicone to keep out moisture, i only installed 2 of the lights, because i wanted to see what they look like at night time, if i need more i will install them but im pretty sure 2 will work just fine, these pictures are poor quality, so i uploaded a video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QReK4j-u_x0

    i will take more pictures tonight, maybe another vid if i get enough interest

    edit: here is a pic & video of it at night time. enojoy.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVnQzXmJOLg
     
  2. Nov 26, 2011 at 11:45 AM
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    udy2554

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    Looks good man, nice writeup too. I gotta do something similar under my hood.
     
  3. Nov 26, 2011 at 11:49 AM
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    That is really good.
     
  4. Nov 26, 2011 at 12:06 PM
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    Thanks guys, I think the video does more justice than the pictures do. I'll have to do another one tonight.
     
  5. Nov 26, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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    nice write up
     
  6. Nov 26, 2011 at 3:27 PM
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    looks good, i want to do something similar here also under the hood and arm rest..a few questions...what size fuse did you use/where did you ground LED's/what route did you take for your power/the type of switch is a pressure switch, where did you get it? thanks
     
  7. Nov 26, 2011 at 4:56 PM
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    added a new night shot & video.

    I used a 25amp inline fuse, with #12 wire from the battery, i plan on doing more leds with it, you only need a 1amp if you are just gonna run the 2 lights. i used an "eye" type lug on my J bolt that holds my toolbox down and i put it between the flat washer and lock washer, as far as the wiring, i drilled a hole in the top of the cubby in the right side of the bed, ran the hot wire through the same hole as the J bolt, and came through the gromet underneath the passenger side of the cab where my hot wire was that i ran from the battery.
     
  8. Nov 26, 2011 at 5:10 PM
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    Nicely done! I plan on doing something similar for under the hood and bedlights.
     
  9. Nov 26, 2011 at 6:48 PM
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    Cool. I'm gonna have to copy you. :D I already have power in my box. We have the same box too.
     
  10. Nov 26, 2011 at 7:46 PM
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    i put lights inside my toolbox and never had to drill such a huge hole. just a hole big enough for the wires. used a much smaller switch screwed to inside lip of the tool box that the top hits and its not noticable at all
     
  11. Nov 26, 2011 at 7:58 PM
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    May just be camera but the hole isn't big at all, my pinky wouldn't fit through it.
     
  12. Nov 26, 2011 at 8:42 PM
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    thanks for taking the time to post the pictures and video! rep coming your way
     
  14. Nov 27, 2011 at 7:47 AM
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    very nice! i went the lazy route and bought a dot-it light from home depot. it just uses 3m tape and sticks on. works okay but was only $5 so you cant expect much.
    this is what i have
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  15. Nov 27, 2011 at 8:39 AM
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    This should be sticky in the DIY section!! Nice write up hoepfully Mods think so too.
     
  16. Nov 29, 2011 at 7:55 PM
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    nice man! thanks!
     
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