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wanting to do bed light mod (need help with the wiring)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ky cats, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. Jun 30, 2011 at 5:51 PM
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    ky cats

    ky cats [OP] Active Member

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    i have a 05 taco dc and i'am wanting to do the bed light mod.i would like to have them come on with a hood pin switch when you open the tailgate but i also want to be able to turn them off inside the cab with a rocker switch if i needed to leave the tailgate down.here's my problem i need help with the wiring because i'am not really sure how to do it or were to start.thanks for any help.
     
  2. Jun 30, 2011 at 9:06 PM
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    jackrules

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    i just put a toggle switch in one of those bed cubbies...

    it was super easy..

    I didnt wire it so the bed would turn it on, because I like to be able to turn it on with the tailgate up or down and I like that it doesn't turn on every time I open my tailgate just because I normally am using my tail gate during the day...

    think about this.
     
  3. Jul 1, 2011 at 9:15 AM
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    Veccster

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    I have mine wired so I can turn them on in the bed and off in the cab - or on in the cab and off in the bed - or on/off in the cab - or on/off in the bed.

    It's a great set up because I can turn them on before I step out of the cab. Grab my snowboard, hit the bed switch to turn them off and go.

    I would not want the pin switch because I would not want them always coming on.

    I also used LED light strips from eBay. They were cheap and hide easily under the rails. You could not even tell I had them until I turned the lights on.

    Very happy with my setup.

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    Rocker switch in the bed:
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    and a short video of how the operate:
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  4. Jul 1, 2011 at 1:45 PM
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    ky cats

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    hey veccster! how did you wire your bed lights up? i think i like you way better with a way to turn them off and on from either in the bed or the cab.you can't even see that switch in the bed.i need to know step by step were you ran your wires to.if you don't mind.i'am not very good with the electrical stuff.
     
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