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i have the amp steps on my truck and was wondering if anyone has attempted to wire up the led lights so they can turn them on at any time? this would be a cool mod to help see at night.
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i know that when i installed them it was just a solid red wire that came down from the controller to turn on the lights so i think that if i were to hook up a power wire and a ground to that set up it would turn on when i turn on a switch.
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i know that when i installed them it was just a solid red wire that came down from the controller to turn on the lights so i think that if i were to hook up a power wire and a ground to that set up it would turn on when i turn on a switch.
correct, or if you want them to turn on when you turn your lights on, just wire them into your headlights. I'd suggest wiring it to an existing switch rather than putting a separate switch just for the LEDs for a cleaner look.

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ya that is what i figured, well i already have a line of switches installed in my dash because i used my upfitters already. i put three switches below my steering wheel and they look great, ill have to take some pics of them and send them to you rdwngs...
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The center pin on the harness (red wire) controls the LEDs. I would tap into that wire through your upfitter switch that supplies 12v when switched on. I would also put a diode in to prevent supplying 12v to the controller to prevent any possible feedback just in case.

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the diode is a good idea, i didnt think about that...although i dont think the steps are controlled from the power of the leds but you never know
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Ya, ya, ya, I know it says neon kit, but think of the possibilities you could do with a kit like this. Use a few of them as side lights, back up lights, and wheel well lights when you're creeping over uncharted territory at night. Heck, you could even wire up a few of them under the bed rails to illuminate the bed.

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the diode is a good idea, i didnt think about that...although i dont think the steps are controlled from the power of the leds but you never know
Steps are NOT controlled from LED power.....they are seperate. The LED power comes from the controller....centre pin...red wire. It is timed to stay on for 5 minutes or until the door is closed. Splice a diode into the centre red wire and connect your switched 12V wire to the cathode side (band end) of the diode and you are good to go.

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Ya, ya, ya, I know it says neon kit, but think of the possibilities you could do with a kit like this. Use a few of them as side lights, back up lights, and wheel well lights when you're creeping over uncharted territory at night. Heck, you could even wire up a few of them under the bed rails to illuminate the bed.
do you have those? or want them?

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Steps are NOT controlled from LED power.....they are seperate. The LED power comes from the controller....centre pin...red wire. It is timed to stay on for 5 minutes or until the door is closed. Splice a diode into the centre red wire and connect your switched 12V wire to the cathode side (band end) of the diode and you are good to go.

ya that is what i figured thanks
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