How to Install LED Bed Lights (Fun DIY Project)

30 Sau 2020
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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.
Be sure to check out The Straight Pipes car reviews!!!
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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  • Hey @ChrisFix! I just want to say thanks SO MUCH for your videos! I'm an 18 year old girl who knows absolutely nothing about cars and I've always been too scared to buy one, but with your videos I just got an amazing deal on my first car and it's in great shape! You also helped me prove my boyfriend wrong haha because I changed some brake pads, rotors, and did an oil change all by myself which was the coolest thing ever! So keep doing what you do because it's helping millions!! :)

    Tori LeonardTori LeonardPrieš 11 mėnesių
    • Hi

      munzir groupmunzir groupPrieš 12 dienų
    • @ChrisFix This is why I love to give people the information to help themselves. It enables them to do things they normally think are out of their reach, but if you show someone how to break down something into smaller, more manageable steps with clear instruction, well that just opens a whole new world to people.

      Johan LastJohan LastPrieš 14 dienų
    • @Jaszon! Bro you are Inappropriate on you tube!!

      #tag#tagPrieš 22 dienas
    • Hahhah Tori that is so cool to read. THe fact that you took the time to comment and nthank him makes me smile! Job well done girl!

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  • when you said you'll link everything in the description, is the drawing included as well?

    Rras danRras danPrieš 11 val
    • @ChrisFix aw man 😢

      Rras danRras danPrieš 3 val
    • Unfortunately not :p

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 3 val
  • I love my blinker fluid

    CynepCynepPrieš dieną
  • HAHAH yup came from Canada Rust=Canada....

    Chris BalzerChris BalzerPrieš dieną
  • i bet 12341242340234 mil $ that nos bottle is real :)

    commuter keebordcommuter keebordPrieš 2 dienas
  • I don't have all that stuff in my house, wtf

    Rodrigo AlarcónRodrigo AlarcónPrieš 2 dienas
  • If you wanted to wire the switch so that the LEDs were illuminated how would you wire that within that setup?

    Keisha BaskinKeisha BaskinPrieš 2 dienas
  • Well ram trucks already come with bed lights

    CrazyguyCrazyguyPrieš 3 dienas
  • Little tips like that "high bonding exterior tape" is what I like. Helps a lot.

    MRSketch09MRSketch09Prieš 3 dienas

    Ravenboi 24Ravenboi 24Prieš 4 dienas
  • those led strip lights suck i would used rock lights

    Josh RiddleJosh RiddlePrieš 4 dienas
  • Just bought a need cover for my ram 1500. Looking forward to trying this on my truck. The video was clear and very easy to follow.

    adam hamiltonadam hamiltonPrieš 4 dienas
  • Awesome video

    LLPrieš 5 dienų
    • Thanks!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 5 dienų
  • Could this be modified and wired up directly to the existing bed cargo light so it comes on if you flip the factory cargo switch in the cab, open any door, use key fob, etc?

    Daniel JulianDaniel JulianPrieš 5 dienų
  • does it work on blue pick-ups?

    can Sancarcan SancarPrieš 5 dienų
  • 20:20 Whoops! Forgot to insert the heat shrink first!! Lolssss

    Nasi LemakNasi LemakPrieš 6 dienų
    • Happens to the best of us :o

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 6 dienų
  • Christmas tree bit! Wtf is that. We call those step bits in the trades

    Taylor StroyekTaylor StroyekPrieš 6 dienų
  • Hey Chris fix I love your videos I watch them for fun and I love them

    Fortnite GlitchesFortnite GlitchesPrieš 6 dienų
  • Would it be possible, instead of running it off the battery to run it off a 9v D battery independently?

    Lorcan O'ConnellLorcan O'ConnellPrieš 7 dienų
  • This is about the most dodgy install I’ve ever seen 😂. That earth on the bolt even though you have a box a connectors there and ring terminals. This is horrible, do it properly the first time 👍🏻

    Tom StephensonTom StephensonPrieš 7 dienų
  • Hey Chris Excellent videos. Would you consider making a video on how to install two batteries in one car controlled by an isolator? Thanks Mark

    Tammam SharafTammam SharafPrieš 8 dienų
  • Who else notice the blinker fluid in the beginning of the vid lol

    Davin RichDavin RichPrieš 8 dienų
  • Blinker fluid 🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Terry ReyesTerry ReyesPrieš 10 dienų
  • I love your videos

    Ethan YoxallEthan YoxallPrieš 10 dienų
  • Are those lights waterproof?

    Nick AudetNick AudetPrieš 10 dienų
  • How can I figure out how much time I can run those before draining the battery?

    Shorty DancerShorty DancerPrieš 11 dienų
  • You are soooo good with cars

    munzir groupmunzir groupPrieš 12 dienų
    • Thanks!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 12 dienų
  • The Straight Pipes: Were Chris Fixing my truck

    Nerf Gun UserNerf Gun UserPrieš 12 dienų
  • Green on the Christmas bit lol

    Max NationMax NationPrieš 12 dienų
  • Nitrous

    Max NationMax NationPrieš 12 dienų
  • Thanks so much for this video! Just installed them on my truck and love it!

    Brandon SimmonsBrandon SimmonsPrieš 13 dienų
    • That's what I love to hear! Thanks a lot!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 13 dienų
  • Very Informative 👌🏻👌🏻

    AR AbrinAR AbrinPrieš 13 dienų
    • I'm glad you find the video informative!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 13 dienų
  • Hmmm, that Raptor can't be that old but look at how much rust there is on the underbody. BTW, we call them step drills where I come from, not christmas tree drills

    tazin8rtazin8rPrieš 14 dienų
    • Thanks for sharing!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 14 dienų
  • *step bit

    Fak theRabbitFak theRabbitPrieš 14 dienų
  • Is he going to install NOS in his truck look at 0 46

    Helen BesterHelen BesterPrieš 15 dienų
    • ;)

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 15 dienų
  • I feel like I just watched a crossover episode because of the straight pipes being there. this was awesome!

    Kevin PantzKevin PantzPrieš 15 dienų
  • @Chrisfix i like your nos canister in ur truck

    The Slav doggoThe Slav doggoPrieš 16 dienų
  • Hey Chrisfix. Love the idea. I plan on doing it to my truck. But one quick question. Instead of hardwiring it directly to the battery. Could i tap it to a fuse thats running constantly?

    ODST King36ODST King36Prieš 16 dienų
  • When u dont have a heater so u use ur moms hairdryer.

    DrProctor101 !DrProctor101 !Prieš 17 dienų
  • Is there a reason he didn't take the power from the rear lights? There's a permanent live there

    George LGeorge LPrieš 18 dienų
  • Omg that truck has so much power it had blinker fluid I heard it gives you a lot of hp

    0330 Fishing0330 FishingPrieš 18 dienų
  • I personally would have found a constant battery voltage line somewhere in the harness closer to the new load and used a T to tie rather than run it all the way to the battery.

    Giorgio MumdaGiorgio MumdaPrieš 18 dienų
  • Tip for you. If you are ordering your led strip form China like AliExpress, try to find strip with blue back adhesive, not the white one. The blue adhesive sticks really well. So @ChrisFix on your next try, try those one.

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  • Correction it's actually called a step bit

    Isaiah PerezIsaiah PerezPrieš 20 dienų
  • man them electrical connections were a bit dodgy

    j mccoyj mccoyPrieš 21 dieną
  • Jacub should lose some weight

    Tim RozmanTim RozmanPrieš 21 dieną
  • dood. your ground connection is as ghetto as it gets. Go get a ring terminal.

    Fish KilllFish KilllPrieš 21 dieną
  • Hey Chris I followed your truck bed lights video and my fuses keep blowing. What did I do wrong

    Ryan ReyesRyan ReyesPrieš 21 dieną
  • Can I do this with a normal magnet

    #tag#tagPrieš 22 dienas
  • Iam have been watching your videos since 2018 and bro your channel is growing more and more thanks for making videos which are very helpful .but the fun part is iam a kid yeah I watch your videos on the TV and my sister says that why are you watching this I say its fun and helpful when ever I will buy a car these videos will help me. I support you and love your videos keep it up brother. Iam with you!

    #tag#tagPrieš 22 dienas
  • It would have looked cooler with the switch light on😅

    Antonio_j__furtadoAntonio_j__furtadoPrieš 22 dienas
  • That was a great video!! Thank you for posting!

    David DrottDavid DrottPrieš 22 dienas
  • 20:50 ground wire attachment are you fucking serious?? WOW....

    M PlanteM PlantePrieš 22 dienas
  • Such a clean and factory-looking installation. Shedding some much needed light (pun not intended) on how to do things correctly!

    aaron chuaaaron chuaPrieš 23 dienas
  • So how would you attach the other 2 wires on the switch if you wanted to use them?

    Gil MGil MPrieš 23 dienas
  • what if chisfix did this welding metals using soldering

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  • NOS on a truck... Tha Fu Manchu...

    Nick KydonMarNick KydonMarPrieš 26 dienų
  • I learned wiring through Chris but I also learned how to properly wire things in my heavy duty class and because I was taught by a teacher who's done wires way back in the day, I noticed his power wire doesn't seem right I think he used the wrong gage wire, it wire itself was smaller then the other wire he hooked it up to, its good he installed a fuse

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    Nickoloz BurdiladzeNickoloz BurdiladzePrieš 27 dienų
  • I know it's a pain the ass but I encourage anyone adding their own accessories to add the circuit from the fuse box, not the battery, when possible. If you are adding a bunch of accessories, you may want to add a second (small) fuse box or a basic power bus to make your life easier. That second fuse box could come off the battery or it could come off the factory fuse box.

    Michael AbramoMichael AbramoPrieš 28 dienų
  • If you ever need to remove the tailgate, (if the cable doesn’t have a clip) you’ll have to remove the taillight and the nut holding the wire on and then you can’t use the lights unless you put the bolt and nut back on

    Derek PorterDerek PorterPrieš 28 dienų
  • I thought blinker fluid was yellow. Where did you find the blue stuff? Love your stuff.

    delliott777delliott777Prieš 29 dienų
  • I have a 2015 Ford F150 which has 2 lights , one on each side of the bed that is controller by a switch in the cab, would it be easier to attach the led light to the power wire on one of these lights , if so how would I do it.

    luis centenoluis centenoPrieš 29 dienų
  • Is there a way you can make a tutorial on the hood LED lights, I really like that set up and would like to copy it. It’s gonna make working on my truck at night a whole lot easier😂

    Landen FretwellLanden FretwellPrieš mėn
  • Great video chris this is something im looking to do with my silverado i just purchased since it has a bed cover as well. Thanks for the video

    Mr MuscleCarsuspectMr MuscleCarsuspectPrieš mėn
    • Awesome! Let me know how this goes! Thanks a lot!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
  • PS i watched a couple vids of adding electronis to cars. Couple of them stare never and never use solder on cars. It rots and goes bad. always cramp it!

    Rombout VersluijsRombout VersluijsPrieš mėn
    • Thanks for sharing

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
    • Solder oxidizes and does goes bad really fast!

      Rombout VersluijsRombout VersluijsPrieš mėn
  • Dang they should check that truck for rust. I noticed some pretty narly rust spots when you were tucking the wire.

    Rombout VersluijsRombout VersluijsPrieš mėn
  • hhahah he doesnt want a red light, the fucking truck is all RED.... how much more stock will it look. PS i would spray paint that switch so its less visible

    Rombout VersluijsRombout VersluijsPrieš mėn
  • PS isnt taping the drill bit off easier, plus the shit doesnt get marked off each time you use that trick

    Rombout VersluijsRombout VersluijsPrieš mėn
  • PS i think it would cleaner and nicer if you stick to the main cabin back part. Though the strip does need some slack. Other wise run it below th bedliner. This doesn look very nice being open. ANother point. They fro Canada open elements, this thing will break with weeks!

    Rombout VersluijsRombout VersluijsPrieš mėn
    • @ChrisFix yeah?!! Wow so tougher then it looks. Any weak points in this setup or didn't they mention where it failed?

      Rombout VersluijsRombout VersluijsPrieš mėn
    • Thanks for sharing, this actually held up for a few months in the canada winter!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
  • Ehm didnt your wiring scheme had a fault. The switch was before the magnetic switch. SO if that is off it doesnt work. I would loop it around that!

    Rombout VersluijsRombout VersluijsPrieš mėn
  • HOw is this under 30 when some single parts are already 10?!?! Dude you really messed yo the title. I clicked a couple links, 3 out of 5 were already $9 so how did you manage under 30?!

    Rombout VersluijsRombout VersluijsPrieš mėn
    • BUT you got a pretty sick engine bay all white and that blue engine cover and that engine manifold cover!

      Rombout VersluijsRombout VersluijsPrieš mėn
  • hahah half of the links are dead already

    Rombout VersluijsRombout VersluijsPrieš mėn
  • Krimp krimp krimp it down

    Ben and Brightons Happy placeBen and Brightons Happy placePrieš mėn
  • 8 year old me trying to see the lights turn when i close the truck bed

    Techkee - RobloxTechkee - RobloxPrieš mėn
  • I was impressed until I saw how you grounded it. I lost all respect for you.

    Artie McbrideArtie McbridePrieš mėn
  • I want to do this but I dont want to accidentally mess something up on my new truck

    that sebenza guythat sebenza guyPrieš mėn
    • @munecito2002 that helps a lot actually thank you

      that sebenza guythat sebenza guyPrieš 25 dienų
    • @that sebenza guy I mean the way it is done will cook the switch. A full led strip is about 60w which is too much for the switch. Use a 4 pin Bosch style relay and it will be fantastic. Check out this answer on Amazon I can tell you it is less than 72 Watts. When I used one to control some LED tape lights in a pantry, which amounted to about 72 Watts, the switch got hot and deformed. I bought another switch along with a relay (all I could find were automotive ones with high amperage ratings, but that's OK). And that solved the problem. If you're thinking of looking for another switch like this one but more heavy duty, good luck. I searched and searched and no luck. If you're not sure what to do, get this switch and a relay. This is the one I bought: "Car Auto Truck Relay & Socket SPDT 12V 12 Volt DC 40A AMP 5Pin". It was $4.00. Hope this helps

      munecito2002munecito2002Prieš 25 dienų
    • @munecito2002 I will do that thank you

      that sebenza guythat sebenza guyPrieš 25 dienų
    • Don't be scared. But if you don't want to mess it up also add a relay as the way it is done in the video will cook the magnetic switch quick smart.

      munecito2002munecito2002Prieš 25 dienų
  • That was a horrible installation, it looks like sh*t that's no clean install 🤣!!! Those lights are not going to last and that double sided tape in the heat and cold is coming off and on the turns they are going to cut and cause a short.

    JR303JR303Prieš mėn
  • Was watching and the video was really helpful, thank you for your time hope you keep helping the community with your skills, I do some simple stuff to my tacoma and already installed some led lights and was thinking to install some fog lights also but don’t want to keep putting more wires on my battery is there anything I can use to install everything on it instead of the battery? Hope you have the time to reply, thanks GOD bless stay safe....

    Braulio OrtizBraulio OrtizPrieš mėn
  • face reveal?

    Jheyden Chase TamayoJheyden Chase TamayoPrieš mėn
    • @Techkee - Roblox sure ok

      Jheyden Chase TamayoJheyden Chase TamayoPrieš mėn
    • @Jheyden Chase Tamayo yes

      Techkee - RobloxTechkee - RobloxPrieš mėn
    • @Techkee - Roblox than face reveal?

      Jheyden Chase TamayoJheyden Chase TamayoPrieš mėn
    • he is going to a 10 mil

      Techkee - RobloxTechkee - RobloxPrieš mėn
  • If you wanted just the button would you skip the soldering of the white wire to the magnetic switch and instead take the white wire and connect it on the bolt with a nut like you did? PS Amazing video and great instructions!!

    Nebraska OutdoorsNebraska OutdoorsPrieš mėn
  • a rustie raptor ford shit at its best

    Red RobinRed RobinPrieš mėn
    • i think they want this turd to burn after these chicom led are lit

      Red RobinRed RobinPrieš mėn
  • Have u ever used a battery pack instead of hard wiring and if u have any suggestion on what to do thanks

    Tommy TomTommy TomPrieš mėn
  • 8:59

    Hamzah AhmadHamzah AhmadPrieš mėn
  • got a question. I added another brake light by connecting the two wires to the left brake light. I need to press the brake pedal twice for the new brake light to light. I wonder why. If I connect it to the battery directly, it works fine.

    Ali HussainAli HussainPrieš mėn
  • That reed switch isn't suitable for the amperage. I ordered one and when I saw the cable gauge I got really disappointed. I think it is a better option to use a normal door switch (which needs drilling) or just use a push button like you did in the hood.

    munecito2002munecito2002Prieš mėn
  • These vids give me so much excitement!!

    Travis BoydTravis BoydPrieš mėn
  • Hello, I have tried to add the led light strips onto my truck the same way you did it. However after the installation my taillight was going weird. It would only come on for one side and when I press the brake all my light go kinda dim. Is It because of too much electric load on the battery so I need a better battery? It's really bothering me because I tried to connect the light in different ways and the brake light just wouldn't come back to normal.

    Harold ZHarold ZPrieš mėn
  • Hey did any one notice the nos bottle

    Krisanto ScripterKrisanto ScripterPrieš mėn
  • No one gonna talk abt the blinker fluid😐

    Eli ArguayoEli ArguayoPrieš mėn
  • love all your videos, great explanation, with the wiring which is most important, thanks.

    PBS #007PBS #007Prieš mėn
  • Two notes: 1. I would strongly recommend testing before zip-tying everything and reassembling the tail light. (put fuse in, test, pull fuse out again, tidy up, put fuse back in, test again) 2. I would put the switches on the positive side, so that the LED tape goes straight to "ground" on the negative side. This way, if something shorts out along the way, it's more likely the lights will be stuck off, rather than stuck on.

    acomputer8meacomputer8mePrieš mėn
  • You should always "break" the circuit on the +12V side not ground.

    Jon CherbaJon CherbaPrieš mėn
  • wow they drove all the way from Canada respect !

    Arabic_SubArabic_SubPrieš mėn
  • Blinker fluid is such a essential part of the vehicle

    ZelvioZelvioPrieš mėn
    • ;)

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn