Installing light in the truck bed? - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums



1999 to 2016 Super Duty 1999 to 2016 Ford F250, F350, F450 and F550 Super Duty with diesel V8 and gas V8 and V10 engines

     
Old 11-24-2014, 06:09 PM
How-Tos on this Topic
 
Last edit by: IB Advertising
See related guides and technical advice from our community experts:

Browse all: Exterior Guides
Print Wikipost

Installing light in the truck bed?

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 11-23-2011, 08:54 AM
jrm21 jrm21 is offline
New User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 9
jrm21 is starting off with a positive reputation.
Installing light in the truck bed?

A newbie question...

I would like to install some led lights in my truck bed (2011 F-350). I have found information on how to locate the cab and pass-through wires for the up fitter switches. I have also worked with electrical wiring in the past so should have no problem there.

What I am wondering is how/where to run the wire from the bed to the pass-thru wire in the engine compartment? Do I need to drill a hole in the bed? What is the best way and place to run the wire?

Would appreciate any tips you folks can offer.

Thanks,

Joe
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-23-2011, 08:32 PM
Steve_250's Avatar
Steve_250 Steve_250 is offline
Posting Guru
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Near DC
Posts: 1,939
Steve_250 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.Steve_250 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
Run it through the gap in the front of the bed.
Take a look at this site for lights:
CoastalNightLights.com
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-24-2011, 03:40 AM
Banage's Avatar
Banage Banage is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Duluth, MN
Posts: 150
Banage is starting off with a positive reputation.
I am going to do something for lights, too. But I have had my truck for 9 hours. So I think I'll wait for the weekend. Have you decided what you're going to do yet? I will probably to with 4 corner lights. I have a topper to make it easy. I dont want to drill it, so maybe plumbers goop??
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-24-2011, 07:34 AM
pbeering's Avatar
pbeering pbeering is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 560
pbeering is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.pbeering is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
There are a number of pass through grommets on the bottom of the cab and on the front sides of the box for this purpose. Use wire loom and zip-ties to prevent chafing.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-24-2011, 08:29 AM
scraprat's Avatar
scraprat scraprat is online now
Postmaster
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Itinerant
Posts: 2,684
scraprat has a brilliant futurescraprat has a brilliant futurescraprat has a brilliant futurescraprat has a brilliant futurescraprat has a brilliant futurescraprat has a brilliant futurescraprat has a brilliant futurescraprat has a brilliant futurescraprat has a brilliant futurescraprat has a brilliant futurescraprat has a brilliant future
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-24-2011, 08:43 PM
jrm21 jrm21 is offline
New User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 9
jrm21 is starting off with a positive reputation.
Thanks for the tips. My truck was out getting a spray-in bed liner when I posted the question. Had I waited for the truck to come back, the answer would have been obvious.

As pbeering pointed out, there are several pass through grommets in the bed that would work perfect.

I installed some simple LED lights that have several "clusters" of light on a long wire. No drilling - the back of the light clusters have double sided tape. (Not great, but I added my own heavy duty tape and they stay very well now). I put the lights just under the bed rail.

When installing, i noticed there is a small gap at the top of the bed under the bed rail. This was perfect for running my wire.

After looking through this forum I also found some great information on how to wire the lights into the an up fitter switch. It ended up being a pretty simple process. These lights will really help out on those dark nights when I need to see what the heck is in the back of that bed. They look really cool too.

Thanks for the help.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-27-2011, 11:00 PM
cana2day cana2day is offline
New User
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 3
cana2day is starting off with a positive reputation.
lights is something i want to do also , i think marine lights are big money but worth it i'm sure. post pic.s good luck
Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2017 Raptor Beds & Lighting options Big-Foot 2017 Ford SVT F150 Raptor 0 02-12-2017 09:10 AM
1986 F-350 Wiring... Amish Ford 1980 - 1986 Bullnose F100, F150 & Larger F-Series Trucks 15 04-11-2015 04:02 PM
Looking for Truck Bed Light suggestions baitbucket 1999 to 2016 Super Duty 1 02-04-2012 09:32 PM
F-2 Flatbed Ideas BlueOvalRage 1948 - 1956 F1, F100 & Larger F-Series Trucks 12 11-08-2009 11:28 AM
Bed Lighting tap? thewheelman 2004 - 2008 F150 11 10-28-2009 08:29 PM


Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums >

Tags
2009, 550, bed, customer, f250, ford, installing, led, light, lights, pass, post, truck, wire, wires

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:16 AM.