How to Install LED Bed Lights (Fun DIY Project)

Publicerades den 30 jan 2020
Learn how to install LED strip lights in the bed of your truck or under the hood of your car for less than $30. I show you how to wire the white LED strip lights with a push button switch and a magnetic switch so when you open the tailgate the lights come on automatically and illuminate the inside of the truck bed.
You can also install the LED lights under the hood of your car so when you open your hood, the lights turn on automatically or with the push of a button. In this case we are working on a Ford Raptor pickup truck but the LED light installation process is the same on any vehicle.
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Products Used
LED Light Strip:
LED Strip Light (Ebay):
Magnetic Switch:
Push Button Switch:
Very High Bonding Tape:
Wire Connectors:
Wire Protector:
Wire Crimper:
Wire Stripper:
Soldering Iron:

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  • A 16 AWG size wire with a 10 amp fuse sounds good to me.

  • My Cybertruck will have strip lights around it. I may have to install strip lights on the inside of the pickup truck bed equipped with a switch. Neat! Thanks Chris!

  • Couple tips.. from someone who's installed thousands of those magnetic switches professionally over the last 15 years.. that factory double sided tape will not last long at all with the weather. Also, when using a relay (switch) to break power, ALWAYS break the positive leg instead of the negative.

  • I’ve fucked with this shit for 2 hours and still can’t get it to work! And was to mad to just rip all of it out throw it away 🤦🏾‍♂️ I ordered the switch in your description but all the wire colors are different. And the LEDs were coming on and just staying on but now they won’t do shit any idea what to check @chrisfix

  • 20:22 he forgot the heat shrink again 😂

  • You are so skillful one Thanks for the vedio...

  • How do you know which wire gauge to use for positive and negative to run from the battery to the back of the truck?

  • Could you do a video where you replace the cigarette lighter with a switch for interior lighting?

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  • This was not the cleanest job

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  • Very nicely done, as always. I personally think it's disturbingly bright, so I guess I will have it installed under the rails only and not where it is shining in your face. But overall a very nice idea! Cool truck btw! And one thing I learned from a car loomatic..... the front part of your protective tubing needs to be properly fastened. So wrap the black tape around the cable three turns, then slide your tubing over it and run the tape through the opening of the tubing. When you now wrap your black tape around the tubing it it will never loosen itself.

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  • So you removed the side led lights? Don't see any bounce back from them....

  • Can you tell me if the fuse is normal size or its the small ones?

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  • Idk if you'll still respond but why didnt you steal power from the tailights?

  • is it possible to turn the bed lights on with the tail gate closed ?

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  • I've never heard a step bit called a Christmas tree bit and I don't know that I'd ask a store employee where their Christmas tree bit are or they might look at you funny. I appreciate the video. I never would have thought to buy a magnetic on/off switch but I'll definitely be using one to light up my car so thanks for the idea!

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  • Chris u could use the power wire of the tail light to power the led.why didn't u do that?

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  • Great video Chris. Lots of good details. Nice job on stressing safety. Many people take it for granted. And... that has to be the best drawing of a raptor on your schematic that I've ever seen... haha!

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  • could put a washer around that switch and used the factory hole

  • Brilliant work

  • Question---is there any particular reason to not wire it so the switch can be a true on/off switch but also with the magnet switch. In other words I would like the option of being able on some rare occasion to 'override' and turn on the bed light with the tailgate closed.

  • 1:03 if someone slam my door like that.. I kick his a** out

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  • Creo que la forma más correcta de conectar el interruptor es en el cable de alimentación y no en la masa. Por lo demás ,buen trabajo 👍🏻🇪🇦🇪🇦

  • Hey @ChrisFix, I own a 2017 Ford F150 that came with an LED light switch located at the driver side by the tail gate. Unfortunately the LED lights are located at each corner by the tailgate and does not light up the bed very well because I also have the Ford foldable bed extender. If I were to use the 16' LED strip, can I hook it up the the existing OEM LED switch?

  • It's really called a uni-bit or a stepper bit I'm pretty sure if you went to a store and asked for a Christmas tree bit they would want to know if you was ok

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  • Lights everywhere now. Lol jk jk. Sensible places.

  • To add a comment, the magnetic switch that is used, is a normally open switch. Do not get a normally closed switch for an application like this. A normally closed switch will work, but it will need to be set up differently.

  • Chris, great info thanks. I'll be installing these on my friends truck soon.

  • done, custom wired 2 set of leds under a Diamond Back cover using this set up. quick disconects from the auto parts store were the ticket. Thanks @chrisfix

  • Put these led lights under the car 😅 it's gona be fun

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  • Thanks. I had a camper shell put on my GMC Sierra and the factory LED by the lift gate is lousy. I’m going to add strip lights to the inside of the shell but I want to button switch to light up. I wish you would’ve shown how to wire that up too.

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  • Can i use it for underglow? Lol

  • Not sure what kind of amps the lights are pulling, but there’s always sources of power closer to the install. IE taillights, trailer connectors. Lots of other places to pick up a constant hot vs running a whole new circuit. Just make sure the maximum power usage is still under the stock fuse and wire size for the whole circuit. Just what I’d do on my own car not advice on yours.

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  • awsome i would like to do that to my 03 baja

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  • Cant wait to do this to my truck! But i have a question will this draw power from the battery even when everything is off? ive been expeirencing some power issuses with my truck just a little but not much

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  • What a horrible ground

  • Don't forget to add locktite on those LEDs!

  • Thank you for all your effort. You're really a genius!

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  • Hi @chrisfix. Why do you have a tank of NOS in your tuck hook up?

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  • The switch I ordered from the list came without a wiring diagram and has red, white, black, brown and blue wires. Also, does a tailgate assist interfere with placing the magnetic switch?

  • I just recently started watching your videos and I don't even have a car. But when I do I know where to look when I need help :) your videos are super entertaining !

  • I love the video quality, witch phone did you film with ?

  • "common products". Bold of you to assume I have blue roll.

  • 0:09 Blinker fluid haha

  • I’m sorry the install was fine but if you want LED strips for your car to last long, buy some high quality ones and not some shit of Amazon for $15, alr made the mistake and it looked like shit so I bought some made for cars for $45 and they’re amazing

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  • I love your videos, I just wish I could do this to my car... (I am not physically able) keep up the good work

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  • Would a lighter work?

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  • Hmmm so this is both harder and easier than I thought it would be. Thanks for the video it's great

  • I never wanted my bed lit up. Now I want my bed lit up. Thanks alot Chris! 😡

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  • Why does he have a bottle in nos in his truck truck?

  • Bought everything on here but can’t get them to light. Any ideas??

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  • The switch you recommend and link is not the same as you connect in your video. Do you have another drawing of what to connect where?

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  • My push button switch is is blue red brown white and black. I’m confused on the ones not to use.

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  • I was watching StraightPipes Attainable Dream Cars on their way to ChrisFix to have these truck bed LED lights installed. So I HAD to watch this amazing video. So cool! So easy! Thank you ChrisFix for showing how simple it is. I would never attempt to do this without your video. Thanks again!!

  • Did my bro just take off the sun... 😶

  • I have a question Chris, Can you run wiring on the passenger side instead of driver side? If not reason why..?

  • I have lights inside my truck but in order for them to turn on i have to connect it to the ashtray can i cut the cable and hook up a kill switch and also grab the power from the ashtray instead of the battery ?

  • Y does led turn on when ground connected with power, but not just power?

  • Great job Chriss- keep up the good work- we all like your work.

  • Hey Chris how many ring terminal can you attach to a battery ?

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