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Old 10-06-2013, 09:48 PM
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I ordered a number of replacement LED bulbs for inside and a few outside locations. For the inside bulbs, do they fade out like the current incandescent bulbs? I followed the well documented recommendations on this site, but was wondering if the fade remains.

Second, I do not have Ramboxes but wonder if the deadend part of the harness is there. I am looking at connection points for bed lighting and the rambox connections are fused power that could be just hanging there. If it is not there I will tap into the trailer wiring but just curious if anyone has seen the deadends on the rear harness.
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Don't know about the harness for the Ram boxes, but in my 05, the LED lights still dim out just like the OEM lights.
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Good.. They arrive tomorrow and can't wait to put them in.. I'm guessing the harness dead end is not there, but you never know.. Hopefully someone may have been under there and would know..
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There are a ton, and I mean a ton of threads on here about under rail bed lighting. Here is a good one, IMO.
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They fade out on mine too. I have white LEDs inside now, but I'm thinking of re-doing them in red since I only really need them to come on at night and the whites are kinda bright
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Thanks, I think I have read most of the threads.. I want to power mine via a mounted switch in the bed and possibly a plunger type switch when the gate is open. I looked at linking it to the dome or cargo light circuit, but that is not how I would use it. As it is, I don't like the cargo switch as I have to turn it on from inside the cab.
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If you feel like getting creative for the bed lighting.. You could always run a wire right from the battery to a switch mounted somewhere of your preference in the bed. Wouldn't be to hard to run a wire underneath the truck and then picking a location to run it up into a spot in the bed. Ton's of different ways.
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OK got my bulbs in today and have mixed results.

On the map lights, they do not work when using them as map lights at all. They come on with the door open, but not when you press the switch. Additionally, when they fade out, only one fades out. The other one stays on and just shuts off after the other one fades out. Here is the buld I ordered
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On the dome light in the back, it works fine as a dome light, but flashes when used as a reading light.

This is what I am using in the dome light. 4210-xHP6: 6451 LED Bulb - 6 SMD LED Festoon 4210-CWHP6: Cool White

Any ideas or is this the resistor issue?
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Yeah, sounds like a resistor issue. I had the same issues, installed resistors and they work great now. Some folks swear that the 4th gen trucks don't have this issue, but I know the 3rd gen truck did. Check out Asur's build thread here. He's had a lot of insight as to how these 4th gen truck work.
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Try swapping the polarity of the map light bulbs. I had a very similar issue in my truck. One bulb simply wouldn't not work, the other wouldn't completely shut off. I pulled out both bulbs, simply turned them over and reinstalled. Three and a half years later I've had no other issues. I got my bulbs for AAC.

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