How to Install LED Bed Lights (Fun DIY Project)

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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  • Tori Leonard
    Tori LeonardPrieš metus

    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!! :)

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    @ChrisFix I love your I’m a 9 year old boy who loves your videos and might help me when I grow up and have my own car

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    @ChrisFix Jesus

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    Mercedes Ulloa

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  • Kyriakos Maridakis
    Kyriakos MaridakisPrieš 9 val

    Is there any other way you could wire this up without having to run a wire to the battery? taping into another power wire ?

  • Alister Tate
    Alister TatePrieš dieną

    as someone who's dealt with soldering finicky, delicate little guitar electronics for years now, I gotta say - that was a nice solder joint.

  • Ricardo Garza
    Ricardo GarzaPrieš 5 dienų

    10/10 my man, great video and explanation! Keep them coming 👌👌💥

  • John Johannemann
    John JohannemannPrieš 10 dienų

    You take time to properly insulate the wiring and show the difference between butt connectors and soldering but yet failed to put an iron loop on the ground. Looking hell a ground comes out the back of the nuts I would think that the wire would crack losing the ground.

  • Marco Rafael
    Marco RafaelPrieš 12 dienų

    I've messaged this dude to work on my truck a Ram 1500, with a misfire, it would definitely help many Ram owners out there in this country. Maybe he could fix it and make a video. Obviously paying him to fix my truck. Never got back to me. Maybe because i live in NJ USA, or maybe because i own a "Chrysler". I guess i need to move to another country buy a cheap Ford Raptor with 100 s of thousands of miles and give it a try lol.

  • Riley Jamieson
    Riley JamiesonPrieš 15 dienų

    You should get a inclosed goose neck 45 ft trailer and a f 350 dully or a chevy durmax dully or a ram 2500 dully

  • Nick Krajacic
    Nick KrajacicPrieš 16 dienų

    Hey don’t know if you’ll see this but I need help! Did everything exactly the way you did minus the magnetic switch. Just want to press the button to turn on and off. Can figure out the wiring tho. The instructions for the push button I purchased is telling me to connect the “-“ from the battery to the black wires for the lights and the button. Problem is there is no “-“ wire from the battery. Any info would be very helpful

  • F1 stuff
    F1 stuffPrieš 17 dienų

    0:49 NANI NOS??

  • Francisco Castillo
    Francisco CastilloPrieš 21 dieną

    Wait, how did he make it nighttime that fast???

  • Divyansh Jha
    Divyansh JhaPrieš 23 dienas

    We only twist and tape the wires, I can't understand why u dont do that

  • Ijaz ali
    Ijaz aliPrieš 23 dienas

    Love this safety work love the truck owner victory ✌ reaction to see good work finish

    DUXBRITPrieš 25 dienų

    Hey @ChrisFix Thanks for all of your informative videos. Have you ever done a tailgate led brake and backup light on a pickup or SUV?

  • 2020 Kia Stinger GT Guy!
    2020 Kia Stinger GT Guy!Prieš 26 dienų

    Now i wanna buy an truck

  • Dean Studer
    Dean StuderPrieš 26 dienų

    You did a fine job of soldering but your ground connection was terrible. Sure it worked for today but it's not going to last. That tapered bolt is not trustworthy to use a nut on. And you just smashed the strands of wire behind the nut. No Stakon. This won't last long. There is no reason this job need to ever be redone. Do it once right instead. Now you have instructed in error. That's going to multiply. You my friend should not be teaching. Rather learn first good wiring practices. Big bolts and nuts and tiny strands of soft metals don't mix. You did not make it wrench tight. That would have broken some strands at once with the rest weakened and failing over time.

  • Seth Beech
    Seth BeechPrieš 28 dienų

    So yalls actually stick? My leds never rlly stuck, they would fall after like 5 minutes

  • Seven Eleven
    Seven ElevenPrieš 29 dienų

    Can you turn on the light pls. I cant see anything.

  • leelatt
    leelattPrieš mėn

    Do you not need a relay for this setup?


    What happens when you take it to a car wash

  • dimitris_140hz
    dimitris_140hzPrieš mėn

    Why do you have nos

  • garfild buco
    garfild bucoPrieš mėn

    Kako zsas pricat krvatski

  • Zygola
    ZygolaPrieš mėn

    Am I literally the only one that noticed on 1:08 there's a video called 'ChrisFix face reveal' with the stig? Lmao.

  • Red Dragon
    Red DragonPrieš mėn

    @CrisFix Why do they have a NOS tank in they druck

  • Felipe Pereira
    Felipe PereiraPrieš mėn

    Normal people dislike drilling holes in their car, meanwhile I have so far drilled 6 different holes for my speaker system wiring lmao

  • Lewis Byng
    Lewis ByngPrieš mėn

    Soldering vs crimping, is there a benefit of one to the other? Is there a time you would use soldering over crimping?

  • M4RJ
    M4RJPrieš mėn


  • Tommy King
    Tommy KingPrieš mėn


  • Neite Sakachep
    Neite SakachepPrieš mėn

    Chist bro how to fix water pump in pickup truck

  • Raphael Ladeira
    Raphael LadeiraPrieš mėn

    Hey, thanks for the awesome video! Could you make a video showing how to install an electric lock on the truck bed? It would be really helpfull! Keep doing this amazing work! Greetings from Brazil!

  • Tom Smith
    Tom SmithPrieš mėn

    Blinker fluid .. my favorite part lol

    THESIMPLE KIDPrieš mėn

    Can u do a video on how to install a music system in a car

  • Geoffrey Zziwambazza
    Geoffrey ZziwambazzaPrieš mėn

    I honestly cannot possibly understand why people dislike your videos other than they have nothing better to do. I’m going to modify this idea and install it on my wrangler. Thanks so much for improving my mechanical skills with your channel.

  • freejvaK11
    freejvaK11Prieš mėn

    Everyone: *uses it for practical purposes Me: UNDERGLOW TUTORIAL !!!

  • Rory P
    Rory PPrieš mėn

    @ChrisFix - those reed switches are not rated for the current that a whole length of LED strip will take. Eventually the switch contacts will weld themselves shut. You need to use a relay to handle the current from the lights, and use the reed switch to throw the relay

  • Corey Watkins
    Corey WatkinsPrieš mėn

    This was a awesome, very informative video. You definitely know what you're doing, and how to explain it. Now I'll be doing the same to my F150. FYI, I also enjoy the Straight pipe guys. 3 Thumbs up

  • Petru Jarda
    Petru JardaPrieš mėn


  • Random Acts of America
    Random Acts of AmericaPrieš mėn

    can I keep it on all the time even with the bed closed

  • Hannaj Jones
    Hannaj JonesPrieš mėn

    im 10 and i dont have a car and i love your vids

  • bullshit gaming
    bullshit gamingPrieš mėn

    Hey Chrisfix thanks so much for your videos I've been able to work on my old SUV and my new truck I got now if it wasn't for you I wouldn't know how to fix mine and my families vehicles they don't take their cars and trucks to a mechanics to get them fixed they go buy the parts and I just get my tools and fix it for them and I've never been more proud of myself for what I've learned from you keep up the great work man

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  • thestradman,e pop,s
    thestradman,e pop,sPrieš mėn

    Pause vid at 49sec why is there nos chrisfix🤔🏎️

  • Darrell Dawson
    Darrell DawsonPrieš mėn

    14:08 you should have tined the wire and made a solder connection to the terminal. better connectivity & helps prevent oxidation. That said. I meant no negative criticism, just a suggestion. Without a doubt. You sir, are awesome! You certainly make the the greatest & most informative vehicle videos on LTdron. Thanks, and keep them coming.

  • Erwin Bayongan
    Erwin BayonganPrieš mėn

    Will this disable my alarm system?

  • Paul Olsen
    Paul OlsenPrieš mėn

    How do I find the links to the switch and other supplies?

  • Paul Olsen
    Paul OlsenPrieš mėn

    Where are the links to the supplies?

  • Drunk Penguin
    Drunk PenguinPrieš mėn

    did no one see the NOS can in his pickup truck

  • Stephen Heberling
    Stephen HeberlingPrieš mėn

    Great video! Only problem is you make things look to easy! Many Thanks!

  • Matthew Lungley
    Matthew LungleyPrieš mėn

    I have a switch 5 different colours to put in my 4wd bed but the colours are yellow red blue green and black

  • UltraSeRoXaT
    UltraSeRoXaTPrieš 2 mėnesius

    Good job but i think magnetic switches are not druable chris. when you wash your car it'll shove off eventually.

  • Bill Bewitz
    Bill BewitzPrieš 2 mėnesius

    Great explanation. I might just try this. I'm 74 and still try to do things on my own. I just replaced my two head lamps on my 2012 Dodge Ram. Never thought I could do it but because of LTdron I did it for the very first time in a few hours. The dealership wanted $309 dollars EACH. So I saved a bundle because of LTdronrs like yourself. Thanks for a real fine demonstration.

  • Tom S
    Tom SPrieš 2 mėnesius

    A couple of things worth mentioning, learnt when rewiring my boat: 1. The primary choice of fuse does not depend on the load you intend to connect. The wire is chosen to be able to support the intended load and connection distance, then the fuse is chosen to have an equal or lower current capacity as the wire. If the fuse is rated higher than the cable, a short is likely to end in a fire. 2. The wire needs to be multistrand as you have used, never use solid core wire eg intended for a house, vibration will break it. 3. When the solder connection is shown in the cideo, a difference between the LED tail and the wire for the run to the battery on the right is visible: left = silver (presoldered), the right shows bare copper. Presoldered is chosen by the led manufacturer because it does not corrode. I have not yet found a “waterproof” connection which remains just that in boats and cars.

  • Spaceghost5.0
    Spaceghost5.0Prieš 2 mėnesius

    What color white LED strips for those natural white or cool White?

  • PSRP028
    PSRP028Prieš 2 mėnesius

    Fun fact this was actually the first video I ever saw from Chris fix on November

  • Eggnoob
    EggnoobPrieš 2 mėnesius

    3:27 at this moment jacob and the other guy sorry i forgot your name were standing behind chris!

  • boxgirl139
    boxgirl139Prieš 2 mėnesius

    Good thing he got the straight pipes for this one. The bent pipes are really rude and probably would have bullied Chris during the making of this video.

  • Enzciel 03
    Enzciel 03Prieš 2 mėnesius

    Chris when are you gon a get a new house for more space?

  • Phil Goodhusband
    Phil GoodhusbandPrieš 2 mėnesius

    Should’ve oriented the switch at the other tail light to shorten the power line.

  • Fekillix
    FekillixPrieš 2 mėnesius

    I'm really surprised you didn't cut down the LED strip to the right length.

  • Charles Sullenbarger
    Charles SullenbargerPrieš 2 mėnesius

    Great vidio,but I would tap onto the tail light wires.your going to have your running lights on anyway.and led lights uses very little current.

  • Joel Diaz
    Joel DiazPrieš 2 mėnesius

    Chris, I was inspired by this project and I decided to do the same. And youn were right, it was fairly easy to do. Is there anyway I can send you the final product? The only thing I didn't do was the automatic, I installed a just an on/off switch. It still looks pretty good.

  • Rodent of Anger
    Rodent of AngerPrieš 2 mėnesius

    Greetings ChrisFix, This is a really good instruction video as are all of your vids. I have a couple of suggestions to go to the next step. First, attach the switch to the HOT side, or Positive side of the battery. It is much safer way to run the wire. As an electrical engineer it is one of the practices i do. Second, on your ground connection, go with a larger ring terminal. Just using the copper wires in the nut may cause problems. Vibration will cause the ground copper wires to "work harden" (bending back and forth) and become brittle and are more likely to break off. Thanks again and FIGHT ON!

  • Jules Guedry
    Jules GuedryPrieš 2 mėnesius

    Lmao blinker fluid

  • Eliazar Mendez
    Eliazar MendezPrieš 2 mėnesius

    Any chance you can do a video on how to install interior Led lights

  • Everything
    EverythingPrieš 2 mėnesius

    Hey Chris love your videos. Just wondering wouldn't the thin wire burn as there is more resistance and power from the 14gauge wire. Please let me know as I am worried on my own car. Thanks ✌

  • Jay Courant
    Jay CourantPrieš 2 mėnesius

    Excellent, thorough, detailed, and very well done, thank you!!!!

  • Thomas OuShin
    Thomas OuShinPrieš 2 mėnesius


  • Google Does Evil
    Google Does EvilPrieš 2 mėnesius

    Why not install it in-line with the cargo light?

  • Cédric Perron
    Cédric PerronPrieš 2 mėnesius

    When you took gaming to the next level

  • LucasWerewolf
    LucasWerewolfPrieš 3 mėnesius

    So it would be easier if the battery was in the back of the car? 13:35 In my car the battery is in the back.

  • Louis Montminy
    Louis MontminyPrieš 3 mėnesius

    Does it work for quads

  • Sinkiniser Squad
    Sinkiniser SquadPrieš 3 mėnesius

    What if your battery dies at night 😂

  • Iron Will
    Iron WillPrieš 3 mėnesius

    With a "Tap A light". Get it at Walmart, very cheap, just stick anywhere, takes only less than 30 seconds and you'll be good. Ghetto but functional.

  • Dragos Makovei
    Dragos MakoveiPrieš 3 mėnesius

    What grease do you use for waterproofing? :)

  • MadRAS876
    MadRAS876Prieš 3 mėnesius

    U left out the link for the wire I think 🤔

  • 00 7
    00 7Prieš 3 mėnesius

    Hi Chris, where do you connect the power for the switch, to turn the light on the switch?

  • Ryan Rinehart
    Ryan RinehartPrieš 3 mėnesius

    Hey @ChrisFix, I just did this on my 2019 F150, however it seems to have voltage drop, the LED's are dim, very dim, and guess what may be the issue?

  • Angel Ramirez
    Angel RamirezPrieš 3 mėnesius

    Red stone irl

  • Real derpdog owner
    Real derpdog ownerPrieš 3 mėnesius

    Mystery machine looking kinda fly now ngl

  • Ronald gaudet
    Ronald gaudetPrieš 3 mėnesius

    what gauge wire did you use and were do i get it

  • Jim Anderson
    Jim AndersonPrieš 3 mėnesius

    I bought a light kit for the truck bed, but this is so much better for installation than anything the mfr provided. Having the lights come on when you open the bed makes so much more sense. Too easy to leave the light on accidently. Very good instructions. Have to check out some other ChrisFix videos.

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    dababyPrieš 3 mėnesius


  • Aaron Banach
    Aaron BanachPrieš 3 mėnesius

    I see that you are using 14 gauge wire but the inline fuse linked in the description is 12 gauge. Is that okay because I've been told not to use different sized wires in one continuous connection?

  • The working Dude
    The working DudePrieš 3 mėnesius

    Ahh the english language, a funny thing. Soldering is pronounced Sautering.

  • Mike Anderson
    Mike AndersonPrieš 3 mėnesius

    hey blinker fluid. i need some of that

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    Balam HolguinPrieš 3 mėnesius


  • Ed
    EdPrieš 3 mėnesius

    My mans got Blinker Fluid. Fire

  • gamervers
    gamerversPrieš 3 mėnesius

    Chris fix is realy confusing first he says dont tutch the metal and now he says no go a head and tutch it

  • Sacredfour
    SacredfourPrieš 3 mėnesius

    Oh hell no is that nos in a pickup truck 0:40

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  • Stephen Banyar
    Stephen BanyarPrieš 3 mėnesius

    Seeing the connectors at 1:54 on the edge of the toolbox gives me flashbacks of high school shop class. 🤣 *BANG!* "Oh #@$&! The connectors! >:0" And then I'd have to stay in for recess just to sort them back out. 😭

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  • Nate Buck
    Nate BuckPrieš 3 mėnesius

    I'm a kid and I still watch you your the best

  • Renier Van Der Merwe
    Renier Van Der MerwePrieš 3 mėnesius

    who drew that truck lol

  • Rainbowdash
    RainbowdashPrieš 3 mėnesius

    why dafuq is there blinker fluid there

  • Edran
    EdranPrieš 3 mėnesius

    u shouldve added a rgb strip to make it a gaming truck

  • PG
    PGPrieš 3 mėnesius

    Conical end on that grounding bolt and no ring terminal. That will be the point of failure in the future. Other than that...great info! Will have to do in the boat.

  • 88 E
    88 EPrieš 3 mėnesius

    can you make a video how to but EL wire inside the car

  • The Jokr 09
    The Jokr 09Prieš 3 mėnesius

    19:47 how did Chris fit a shrink wrap through the wire did he have to start from the cars

  • Glen Carlo Kadusale
    Glen Carlo KadusalePrieš 3 mėnesius

    Hey Chris! I was wondering if you can make a video on how to properly install push to start button kits to your car? Alot of the videos i watched are not that great and hard to understand compared to yours! Thank you and you are awesome!