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Old 05-24-2014, 01:30 PM   #1
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In-bed lighting solution

Ever wished you had more light in the bed of your truck? When I bought my Tundra and ordered my ARE cap, I opted to not get the cargo light since the running lights would need to be on in order for the light to work. Now, I could have re-wired it to +12 constant but didn't. After all the people (including me) putting LED light strip on the awnings and under the awning, I got to thinking, why not install a set in the bed of the truck. While looking into switching options, I remembered I had some door jamb switches from an Astro van. These would work awesome for grounding the LED lights.

I ordered a set of white LED lights off Amazon for $9.99 and was set. I already have constant power in the bed from my 750W inverter so that was easy.

On the Tundra, you will find a rubber bumper in this location. I just removed it.



Fished 2 ground wires from the top. Soldered and heat shrunk the 2 wires to the switch.



Then I just screwed the switch into the hole. It was already the correct diameter!



Where the wires come out:

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Old 05-24-2014, 01:34 PM   #2
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My truck has the bed rail mounting system so I ran the wire behind it to the inverter. and hooked up the ground. I then installed the LED strip and hooked up to the +12V on the inverter. With the 16.4' LED strip and a 6.5' bed, it was the perfect length.





Here it is at night at our campsite.

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