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Where to wire bed lights

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by mgolland45, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. Aug 30, 2011 at 3:24 PM
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    mgolland45

    mgolland45 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I recently purchased some LED rope light from lowes in hope to wire it into my bed. I read some of the DIY's but I was hoping to be able to use the lights with the vehicle completely off, via a switch in one of the rear cubbies. Could i tap power from one of the tail lights? The rope lights are designed for home use, so my first thought was to wire them into the AC outlet in the rear but that only runs when idling. I (clearly) know little about electronics and would appreciate help.

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  2. Aug 30, 2011 at 3:39 PM
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    Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

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    If they have to be run off a/c power, you can't use them in the truck unless you plug them into the power outlet. Automotive electronics are typically d/c. I'd take them back and get some low draw LED's at an autoparts store.

    The only way to make them work with the truck off is to wire them to the battery using an in-line fuse. The problem is, if you forget and leave them on, it'll kill your battery. Personally, I'd wire them either to the ignition or the running lights so they'll turn off with the key regardless of the switch position.

    Welcome from another Bostonian :cheers:
     
  3. Aug 30, 2011 at 11:38 PM
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    If you are looking for DC powered rope lights try JC Whitney. The should have it as it was used in older limos and motorhomes. Then use a relay and go straight to the battery.
     
  4. Aug 31, 2011 at 12:26 PM
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    Perfect, thanks guys!

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  5. Aug 31, 2011 at 1:07 PM
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