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Old 03-23-2014, 12:05 PM
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LED strip lights under bed rails

The other night I was getting some work stuff out of the bed of my truck. I have a tonnue cover on it so the high mount light does nothing for me. I seen that some of the new trucks are putting lighting under the bed rail for a cargo light. I have extra up fitters I'm not using and thought it would be slick to install some strip lighting under the rails. Anyone done anything like this? My brother works at a company that make LED lighting for the rv industry and was going to see if he could hook me up.
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I can't find the Youtube video I watched a few months ago when I was looking at doing this. I haven't done it yet but if you look under the rail there is a metal angle just under the rail that sits at ~45-60*. That should cast light out into the bed and not just straight down the sides.

I have simple stick on LED strips that I will put in when I do it. However, I think I am going to tie in to the 12V line going to the trailer harness so that I can switch them on whenever I want since most times I am trying to unload the bed the key is off so the up fitter switches don't have power.
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True, good idea
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:37 PM
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I'll try and get a picture of mine tomorrow night, but I got (4) of the strips of LEDs with sticky tape on the back of them. I wired them to the lights on my running board so they come on with the dome lights. Well worth it IMO. Took about an hour I think to install and wire up, start to finish.


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Oh the dome light could be convenient. I wonder if Lariats could use the cargo light for power. Not really sure how to run the wiring out of sight from there though.
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The other night I was getting some work stuff out of the bed of my truck. I have a tonnue cover on it so the high mount light does nothing for me. I seen that some of the new trucks are putting lighting under the bed rail for a cargo light. I have extra up fitters I'm not using and thought it would be slick to install some strip lighting under the rails. Anyone done anything like this? My brother works at a company that make LED lighting for the rv industry and was going to see if he could hook me up.
This is a great idea and beats useing a flashlight or opening the cover all the time to be able to see!
Every time I go on this site it cost me more money for a mod!
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:15 PM
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Oh yeah! Was talking to my brother today and he can get me sections as long as I need. 5' will work for me and they are weatherproof and he will get me the wire leads etc that I need. About $9 for the normal LEDs per foot or about $12 per foot for the LEDs that are 4x brighter than the regular LEDs!!! Just doing some final figuring and talking back and forth. Oh yeah and he also said maybe I can get his employee discount too. Also I can get about any color, but I want bright white.
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:59 PM
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Here's some pics of mine, where I ran the wires out of the bed (hole right above wheel well) and pictures of them at night.
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:01 PM
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I can't get more than one picture per post while on my ipad I guess. Anyway, there is heat shrink and electrical tape on the wire where it goes through the hole even though it doesn't look like it in the pic.
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Total cost of parts was like $30.
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