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Bed cover and lights inside bed??!?

Alright I now have an A.R.E. cover this is the extang but you get the point... i have an idea of putting Neon lights underneath the rails on eather side to get more light in the bed at night... anyone done this? i know there is a Recon thing but i cant justify paying for it...

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these are only $33 for 2
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I'm trying to do the same thing but with blue lights in the bed but I cant figure how to get power to the bed of the truck to hook up a switch near the tailgate. Sry man hopfully someone can help us out.
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I'm trying to do the same thing but with blue lights in the bed but I cant figure how to get power to the bed of the truck to hook up a switch near the tailgate. Sry man hopfully someone can help us out.
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ead.php?t=3946
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12-volt hook up mod?
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ead.php?t=3946

EDIT: Tommy beat me to it...
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running wires isnt my problem at all wiring is fun to me... its just wondering if that would be bright enough and if anyone has done it?
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I've done it to two different boxes that I have had on my truck, and a small light under my custom tonneau. It usually doesn't take much light at all to see everything you want in the bed unless it's very black from a bed liner or something. I only used rope lights all the way around which worked great, weren't the brightest, but plenty of light and looked good.
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you going to be cool and see if a mercury switch would work? so it turns on when the cover is lifted up?
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you going to be cool and see if a mercury switch would work? so it turns on when the cover is lifted up?
wouldnt be hard to do i have one in the garage...smart idea
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what about just a door pin switch? when the contacts are closed, the lights go off, when they are open, lights on......
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also check the price of cathode's they are brighter than neon IIRC
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Thanks for the link Tommy n Justin
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ebay selling Siliconassets has a deal were you can get 2 in white for $9.30 shipped. they are 12" tubes and are really bright.


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When i had my Tonneau and Bed rug i put 4(2 on each side) 12" cathodes under the rails and had a switch mounted right by my obii(is that whats its called?) port below the steering wheel. Looked awesome and worked really well; i'd still have um if i had my tonneau and bedrug.
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I've done it to two different boxes that I have had on my truck, and a small light under my custom tonneau. It usually doesn't take much light at all to see everything you want in the bed unless it's very black from a bed liner or something. I only used rope lights all the way around which worked great, weren't the brightest, but plenty of light and looked good.
what you mean custom tonneau?
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go to any autoparts store and pick up a set of 'sylvania DotIts' their $10 each about the size of a hockey puck, have 3 super bright leds each, and work AWESOME !.

multiple colors to choose from, works off two little tiny batteries, works from like 200F to -30F and if you leave them on by accident, they wont kill your battery. they also claim to have a 10,000hrs life... which means theoretically you could leave them on for over a year straight and theyd still work (about 8,000hrs are in a year) I have 2 in my bed... they face forward, one on each side and i put them behind that little pillar thing by the tail gate on both sides... they push on and off and are made of aluminum... the cheap ones are plastic. I say get those instead. no wires to contend with, no fuses, no bs, just buy em take em out and stick em on, their held on with 2 sided 3M tape and i have had mine for over a year and they have yuet to fall off... yet their small enuff to not be noticeable, and yet give off more than enuff light. you need 2 however since 1 doesnt quite do it.
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go to any autoparts store and pick up a set of 'sylvania DotIts' their $10 each about the size of a hockey puck, have 3 super bright leds each, and work AWESOME !.

multiple colors to choose from, works off two little tiny batteries, works from like 200F to -30F and if you leave them on by accident, they wont kill your battery. they also claim to have a 10,000hrs life... which means theoretically you could leave them on for over a year straight and theyd still work (about 8,000hrs are in a year) I have 2 in my bed... they face forward, one on each side and i put them behind that little pillar thing by the tail gate on both sides... they push on and off and are made of aluminum... the cheap ones are plastic. I say get those instead. no wires to contend with, no fuses, no bs, just buy em take em out and stick em on, their held on with 2 sided 3M tape and i have had mine for over a year and they have yuet to fall off... yet their small enuff to not be noticeable, and yet give off more than enuff light. you need 2 however since 1 doesnt quite do it.
are they ac or dc current? i take it you have installed them in your truck?
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i had one of those in my tool box...lights up pretty well
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zach, just go with a mercury switch or one of them pin switches for an alarm or something.

if you need help let me know, i live alot closer now.
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The dot-its run off their own batteries as far as I know..
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i have had the same thought since i have the factory tonneau... the front section is not the problem in lighting up since i can use the cargo lights... but the back section is another joy, its dark as hell... i know i saw an LED lighting kit that is battery operated at walmart, or i was thinking of thoes LED under-counter lights
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i've got one of these lights in my camper shell and it lights up the whole area very well.... has its own switch built in

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