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So I know this has been done before but I wanted to show how I did my LED bed lighting.

I can now press the remote unlock button on my key-fob or press the rear bed light switch on the dash and the lights will come on in the truck bed.

Parts needed:

1, Roll of Bright White 5050 SMD LED Strip Lights 16'-4" long with 300 LED lights and waterproof.
1, Roll of 3M double sided tape 16 feet long.
1, 30 amp relay with relay plug harness.
1, 7.5 amp fused 16 gauge wire 2' long.
1, Ground wire 16 gauge 1 foot long.
1, 20 foot long 16 gauge wire.
1, 6 foot long 16 gauge trigger wire.
1, T-Tap connector.
6, Butt connectors.

Total cost around $45 for parts.
Total install time 4 hours. I work slow!

I first started off with a 7.5 amp fused wire, a 30 amp relay, and relay plug. (picture 1)

Then I went and found the white with brown stripe wire located at the drivers side wiring harness under the kick plate. (picture 2)

I tapped into that wire and ran a trigger wire to the relay plug under the hood. (picture 3)

Under the hood I attached the trigger wire from the drivers side kick plate, the ground wire from the battery, the hot wire with the 7.5 amp fuse from the battery/fuse box terminal, and the wire to the LED bed lights to the relay plug. Next I plugged the relay into the wiring plug. (picture 4)

I ran the wire from the relay to the rear drivers side taillight where I attached it to the LED strip lights. I also attached a ground wire from the LED strip lights to the body behind the taillight with a sheet metal screw.

I ran 3M double sided tape around the inside of the truck bed and attached the LED strip lights. (pictures 5 & 6)

The LED strip of lights starts at the hole next to the drivers side taillight and goes all the way around the inside of the truck bed to the passengers side taillight. I used all 16'-4" of LED lights. That is 300 LED lights! I had about 6" of extra LED lights which I just tucked in behind the passenger taillight.

The 5050 SMD LED lights are very bright and require about 7 amps of power to light-up. So you need to run a 7.5 amp fuse and a relay for this many LED lights. Do not just tap into the OEM wiring harness for power, use a fuse and a relay.

I hope you find my bed light installation interesting and different. If you have any questions just ask.

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I did mine pretty much the same way except I went with a dark blue glowing effect. Here's some reps for the how to, nice job. Here is what mine look like, http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=82115
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Was just about to start this project. Thank you for posting!
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what is that piece that you tapped into the wire with called? Ive been seeing them all over the forum but i cant seem to find any anywhere!

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what is that piece that you tapped into the wire with called? Ive been seeing them all over the forum but i cant seem to find any anywhere!

If you are talking about (picture 3) that is called a T-TAP self taping wire connection. It wraps around the wire, then you squeeze closed the one part, then you attach a standard male wire terminal that holds it together. I use them all the time when I need to tap a wire without cutting the wire.

You can get them from Radio Shack or some auto parts stores. They come in 3 different sizes. I use the blue ones for 14-18 gauge wire.
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I would only use them inside the truck or you can use some dialectic grease to keep out moisture.
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If you are talking about (picture 3) that is called a T-TAP self taping wire connection. It wraps around the wire, then you squeeze closed the one part, then you attach a standard male wire terminal that holds it together. I use them all the time when I need to tap a wire without cutting the wire.

You can get them from Radio Shack or some auto parts stores. They come in 3 different sizes. I use the blue ones for 14-18 gauge wire.
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...tent=CT2032231

I would only use them inside the truck or you can use some dialectic grease to keep out moisture.
Thank you very much! haha
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why not tap into the OEM wiring harness for power? why use a fuse and a relay? Is it because of the amps the leds are pulling? If I used leds that pulled only 3 amps, would I still need a fuse and relay?
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why not tap into the OEM wiring harness for power? why use a fuse and a relay? Is it because of the amps the leds are pulling? If I used leds that pulled only 3 amps, would I still need a fuse and relay?
Here is how I did mine, and they are wired into the dome circuit. I don't remember the exact figure mine pull but I haven't had an issue with blowing fuses or overloading circuits.
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