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Old 11-01-2013, 02:23 PM
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OK folks. I'm up to my old tricks again. I'm trying to start up a new bed lighting project, but one that is slightly different than the norm around here.

I have an ARE LS II hard tonneau cover on my truck, as a result the bed is more of a funny looking trunk than it is a true bed. When I had the cover installed, they "threw in" the battery powered light pictured below. The problem is that it's a cheap light, and it doesn't work more often than it does, and it's difficult to turn on, as I'm not the tallest person around, and when the cover is open and I'm standing on the ground there is not way in hell I can reach it.


Here is a better close up of the current light.


OK here is my plan, but I'm not sure how many of what size lights that I need to go with.

I want to install what amounts to a dome light in place of the current light. The obvious (and no brainer) choice is to go with LEDs. I've found some "replacement" LED dome lights that I like, for a fairly decent price at Oznium.

I'm thinking about going with their large 5mm rigid LED dome light kit. My thoughts are to mount them on some sort of rectangular platform (of sorts) where I can wire everything together, then mount the "platform" and go from there.

I'm going to be tying it into the dome light circuit inside the truck, so that everything will work together.


I guess my question is, should I go with 1 or 2? By the looks of it, 1 will put out plenty of light, but if I'm going to do it I figure what's the harm in going overkill?

Let me have some opinions here. I haven't ordered anything, but I'm wanting to do this fairly quickly.


Any and all opinions appreciated and encouraged


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maybe something like this would be easier? this way you wouldnt have to splice into any wires or anything. if you do decide to splice into some wires you could prob splice into the tail lights. only thing is you would have to have the tail lights on in order to light up the bed but at the same time the only time you would use lights in the bed is at night time where your tail/head lights would prob be on any way.

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or maybe something like this on the tonneau cover? there would be no wires, and it would turn on when it sensed the motion of you lifting the cover.

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I dont recall who but someone once stated that overkill is certainly underrated that being said i have been in very few instances that i have had an over abundance of light, as for a switch have you thought about using a pluger style switch that would use the cover as the switch to turn the light on and off when it is raised up, just an idea
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thanks for the replies!

Brondon, thanks for the suggestion, and I've thought about something similar, but I'm wanting to get away from batteries. I may go several weeks without even opening the cover at night, so by the time I need to use it, the batteries are often dead.

That's one of the issues that I'm looking to avoid. I also live in Louisiana, so the humidity is brutal on the best of days, and I've noticed that what ever batteries I install tend to corrode very quickly, this simply adds to the issue.

Kam, yes I've thought about the plunger style of switch, and it's simply too involved to make it work properly. I don't want to deal with the alignment issues of the plunger, etc. In the past I've had similar projects that used a plunger style switch, and frankly they're simply more trouble than they're worth.

By tying into the dome light circuit I only have to run 1 wire to the front of the truck, and I've also tapped into the same circuit for my accent interior lighting, so it won't be much of a problem to do it again.

I'm leaning towards two of the "dome lights" as of now, but I may still change my mind before I placed the order. Like has been said "overkill is underrated" LOL

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Overkill is extremely underrated! Take it from a girl who loves her lights.. install two. Hell, if it were me, I'd install four.. one in each corner! LOL!

Great idea you've got going.. keep us posted on how it comes!
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My first question would be (if you hard wired it), would you ever be taking your tonneau cover off?

If so, that leaves you with the wire issue to deal with?

Now if you make it with a quick connect at the junction point, then it may not be so bad?

How about getting a linear LED bar and mounting it to the head of the bed (not the tailgate end), and running a wire and switch to the cab of the truck.

You could then attach it to the battery with a relay that would allow you to turn the switch on and off as you need it?

I'm not a wiring guy so don't ask me the logistics of it, but I'm sure there are some pretty smart people (maybe even yourself) that could figure this out?
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Thanks for the replies. I'm leaning more towards the 2 dome lights.

Kai, I like your thinking, LOL. Putting one in each corner would be a wiring nightmare though. I think I'll stick to just where I need it. I have used similar lights in the past in a previous vehicle, though I only used one, and I had lots of people complain that it was too bright (it was at the rear hatch of a PT Cruiser pretty much at eye level for someone around 5'7")


Red, no I don't intend to remove the tonneau cover at all. The damn thing is extremely heavy, and I think removing it would be more trouble than it's worth. If I need to haul anything I'll just hook up my trailer. I've thought about getting a strip of LEDs (I think you're calling them the linear bar) and doing something similar, but I think the light output will give me more bang for my buck by going with a dome light style, and doing it from the "over head".

I'm wanting to tie into my dome light because I will be able to light everything up with just a click of my fob. I frequently will put my luggage and such after work in the back. I don't want to have to open the door, then return to the bed, load everything up and THEN go to the cab to turn off the lights. Call me lazy, but it is what it is.

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No that makes perfect sense then if you have no intentions of taking the cover off.

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I've actually done this. My Leer 700 came with that cheap POS battery light just like yours. What I did was convert it to a wired light and tapped into the cargo light circuit with a relay. I also have a quick disconnect in case I ever want to remove my cover. My under rail LEDs are tied into the same circuit. Here's my thread. http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=82115
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