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Old 08-16-2011, 03:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Suggestions For Bed Lights

I have an 8' bed on my truck, with a camper top

The interior light that came with the cap is not hardwired, but is rather battery powered, and it about useless!!!

I want a nice bright light, that I can turn on an off, as needed when I am camping and hunting.

Is a clear LED multi-bulb light the way to go?

What is the easiest way to wire up a light?

I know they make bed rail light kits.........but will they light up the bed enough, compared to mounting an overhead LED light where the current battery powered light is at?

http://www.gorecon.com/products.php?...2FCargo+Lights


http://www.gorecon.com/product.php?p...ht-Kit&p_cat=8
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have LED lights in my camper and they pretty much kick butt.

Do not get the chincy ones that are tail light replacement bulbs, get real rv/camper lights.
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Would it be better to have a switch in the cab or near the light in the bed?
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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goto a RV shop and get a light to mount up high at the back
run 14g wire through a fuse to the back and use a 2pin trailer hitch plug (cut a 4pin in half if you cant find a 2pin)
wire up a universal cigar/accessory plug (optional and fukn handy) and the light
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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as or the switch keep it in the back and most lights have them on the light
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Old 08-17-2011, 06:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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If I could get away with just a single LED light, that would be great

How large of an LED light or how many LED bulbs would be needed for a bed space area?
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If I could get away with just a single LED light, that would be great
http://www.oznium.com/high-intensity-led-floodlight
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A good friend of mine told me he was going to put a pair of harbor freight fog lights inside the bed of his 8' camper shell. I was skeptical, then blown away how well they worked.

http://www.harborfreight.com/blue-gl...hts-46908.html

Great $13 solution.
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Old 08-17-2011, 01:59 PM   #9 (permalink)
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These are great lights. I run them for rock lights but next time I order something from them I'm going to order one or two for my camper shell and one for under my hood.
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Thanks for the link......looks like one light should have some good power for a closed space in my truck's bed
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Old 08-18-2011, 02:18 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I found some nice interior light kits that have a built in light switch on the light housing.........


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/_W0QQ...KQ3aMEWAXQ3aIT


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/_W0QQ...KQ3aMEWAXQ3aIT
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Old 08-20-2011, 11:48 AM   #12 (permalink)
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wire up a universal cigar/accessory plug (optional and fukn handy) and the light
I am definately going to get a 2 hole or 3 hole outlet strip

Is wiring it as easy as I think: Run two wires from the battery straight back to the outlet strip, making sure there is an inline fuse?

Since the LED light power draw is low, I could just tap off of the wires for the power strip, correct?
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I found three lights that come with built in switches..but what size and how many LEDs will I need?

1) 4-1/4" x 7", which has 38 LED's

or

2) 3.6" x 14", which has 50 LED's

or

3) 12" x 4-1/4", which is a dual set of 38 LEDs per side, 76 total
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Old 09-07-2011, 03:47 PM   #14 (permalink)
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http://www.galls.com/google/style-SE...ole-outlet-box

I just bought this outlet box, it is nice because of the power switch and the plug covers
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Ok guys, what is going to best method to mount a light?

I bought a 76 LED light, that is about 4" x 14" long

I am going to run the light long-wise, kind of parallel with the length of the bed

I was going to drill two mounting holes in the fiberglass cap and just seal the mounting bolts with 3M 5200 Marine Grade Sealant

However, I would rather not have two holes in the cap.....is there any product out there that will hold a light securely to the fiberglass and not less go....or dry out, etc?

Liquid Nails?
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It may be overkill, but for stuff like that I use 3M panel bonding adhesive. Its the shit that they glue cars together with, most bedsides, quarter panels etc.
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Thanks, I will look into the panel bonding adhesive

The light fixture itself is rather lightweight, just want to make sure bumps and potholes do not jar the fixture loose
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I used tack studs and cemet...
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A good place to shop for LED's.

The category you need to look in.
http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...bes.htm%23alms

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...xart_specs.htm



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Old 09-28-2011, 02:16 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Here are some pics:

-3" x 14" Housing Size
-100,000 Hour Rated LED Life
-3 Position On/Off Switch
-12 Volt DC power
-120 Lumen Light output
-Three Wire Connection, 7" leads
-50 LED's










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I would just use 5200 sealant. Its what is used in marine applications and the shit is hard to get off. It will hold just fine
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I would just use 5200 sealant. Its what is used in marine applications and the shit is hard to get off. It will hold just fine
Use 5200 to hold the light in place or 5200 to seal the mounting holes?
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I think you're over thinking it. It isn't like you're going to be replacing the LEDS. Doesn't look like the housing even opens up (maybe it does). But I'd just glue the thing to your cap and be done with it - epoxy, silicone, whatever.
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Old 10-19-2011, 04:03 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I weighed the LED light housing an it is around 8.50 ounces, next to nothing

I think a good epoxy will hold the LED housing secure to the roof top

My Gall's 3 Hole 12V Outlet Box also came and it is really nice, well built with a nice on/off switch. It also has its own inline fuse:

Galls 3-Hole Outlet Box - SE090
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