How to Install LED Bed Lights (Fun DIY Project)

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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.
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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 Leonard

    Yıl önce

    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!! :)

    • duane corder

      duane corder

      17 gün önce

      @TTv Saif xD ok what’s your point you freak?

    • #tag


      22 gün önce

      I love Chris from like 3 or 2 years and this man is a legend he is a very good man he surprised his mom with a car. He surprised his dad with a car. He make awesome videos for us and he is a great man❤

    • bob m

      bob m

      22 gün önce

      ok girl, keep up the good work.

    • munzir group

      munzir group

      Aylar önce


    • Johan Last

      Johan Last

      Aylar önce

      @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.

  • Jack Vogel

    Jack Vogel

    3 saatler önce

    Hey Chris I noticed that you said you used 14 gauge wire and the in-line fuse that you linked was gauged at 16, does this cause any issues down the road? I’m kinda new to wiring so I apologize if this seems like a dumb question.

  • Rich London

    Rich London

    11 saatler önce

    So cool and so easy! I just ordered the parts to do this in my 2014 F-150. Thank you!

  • the marti

    the marti

    20 saatler önce

    You are awesome kriss fix

  • Joe Green

    Joe Green

    2 gün önce

    As an electrician I’m going to use shrink wrap even over the butt connectors. Also I’ll use more zip ties just because I’m a sparky. 😂

  • Mike Silva

    Mike Silva

    3 gün önce

    Blinker fluid.... Lol

  • me me

    me me

    3 gün önce

    Wouldn’t the magnetic strip drain the battery over time?

  • Gohanburner


    4 gün önce

    All that work for some lights, damn.

  • Kicker Mindrup

    Kicker Mindrup

    6 gün önce

    Hey Chris, I'm trying to understand why the switch is setup on the ground on this install? Where it seems with other light installs the switch is setup on the positive? Please if you could explain? I'm sure it's something simple I'm missing

  • Irma Kojutienė

    Irma Kojutienė

    6 gün önce

    am the only one seen that big jucie nos



    6 gün önce

    Your drawing is.... questionable XD

  • garfieldwithissuez


    8 gün önce

    Yeah I'm pretty sure they're about as straight as the pipes in the Driftstang...

  • Cornwall's Answer

    Cornwall's Answer

    8 gün önce

    Cant you take power from something in the back? Lights, tow connector etc? And what a shoddy earth.

  • KingBoy Playz

    KingBoy Playz

    9 gün önce

    At 0:47 that looks like you can sleep in there! Also, Did I see NOS?!

  • Thegamerseba XD

    Thegamerseba XD

    10 gün önce

    Ma men has some nos in his truck



    10 gün önce

    He still has his blinker fluid

  • Corey Nerzig

    Corey Nerzig

    10 gün önce

    Thank you for all the videos! You have given me the confidence to attempt and successfully complete multiple repairs on my cars.
    I have a request, if possible, can you do a video on hardwiring dash cams to the fuse box? I know you have touched on some of the topics throughout various videos but seeing it all together would be great! Front/rear, license plate mount, running wires etc. Thank you in advance!

  • Perfection by Pam

    Perfection by Pam

    11 gün önce

    i now no the guys its the peplo that ask you to go on a rode trip with you

  • Jason Daggett

    Jason Daggett

    11 gün önce

    Could have gotten power from the wiring harness for the 4 or 8 pin trailer connector rather than running a wire all the way from the engine bay

  • ToastyFerret 1226

    ToastyFerret 1226

    11 gün önce

    Do you work on rc cars too. Lol 😂

  • FFMedic124


    11 gün önce

    I can't seem to find the micro magnet reed switch on Amazon. It's showing that it is currently unavailable. What is a suitable replacement for that part? Thanks

  • ToyotaAvensis


    11 gün önce

    Man, for bigger led strips a driver would be good :O

  • Hype Adventure

    Hype Adventure

    12 gün önce

    me: Do not worry
    europe: Do not worry
    austrailia: Don't worry
    2:36 chrisfix: Do not werry!

  • Ali Ahmed

    Ali Ahmed

    13 gün önce

    you definitely need that on a range rover

  • MatataTomato M30

    MatataTomato M30

    13 gün önce

    +10 hp

  • el cuhh paaa

    el cuhh paaa

    13 gün önce

    can we get a face reveal



    14 gün önce

    All good apart from earth

  • Leo Hoogendoorn

    Leo Hoogendoorn

    14 gün önce

    Great project. I directly put this onto my bucket list for my truck. Regards from Thailand.

  • Palaash Arora

    Palaash Arora

    14 gün önce

    Hey I had a rx7 and I had to change the brake pads, oil pressure, new tires etc...and my parents said don't risk it you will end up ruining it but I worked on it for 6 hours and ended up with a rx7 that no one could tell that it was 4 years old
    So thanks for the videos

  • Pawel Szabaciuk

    Pawel Szabaciuk

    15 gün önce

    Nice job, but what if you need to remove that plastic cover? Maybe better idea to put 2 connectors between metal and plastic part?

  • D man

    D man

    15 gün önce

    Hey @Chrisfix, I've been following your channel and projects for years, I've always been impressed by your willingness to demonstrate how to do things correctly and not take short cuts. Until this one. As always I was impressed in your methods and how you demonstrate the different way to do thing, crimp w/heat shrink, solder, you did miss in this case heat shrink with solder inside it already. However I was disappointed in the way you grounded the switch in this project. The ground is the point of failure with this project. It should have been tied into a ground point with a proper ring terminal similar to the way it was connected to the battery. the way you connected the ground will corrode or break in short order. apart from that good work, and I look forward to future project.

  • jacob child

    jacob child

    17 gün önce

    If the button has a little light on it, and you hook it up directly to the battery, won't it slowly drain it down?

  • TheNohau772


    17 gün önce

    You will probably never see this comment due to the HUGE number of comments. As an Electrical Engineer who is very particular about how I do things, you do an EXCELLENT instructional video dude! Well done.

  • Albert Meza

    Albert Meza

    17 gün önce

    The link to the LED strip is no longer valid on Amazon. Just a heads up.

  • Nicholas Malkin

    Nicholas Malkin

    18 gün önce

    That ground made me CRINGE!

  • Queen of Hearts

    Queen of Hearts

    18 gün önce

    Would the lights get damaged by water though?

  • Jaxson Carter

    Jaxson Carter

    18 gün önce


  • Melonhead


    19 gün önce

    They don’t short out?

    • ChrisFix


      18 gün önce


  • Aidan


    19 gün önce

    He did so good and then half assed the ground lmao

  • Phoenix Squad

    Phoenix Squad

    19 gün önce

    Chris Fix Main Line:

  • TFR


    20 gün önce

    that trucks been at your house for 5 seconds and its already rusty, damn.

  • Ed Perez

    Ed Perez

    21 gün önce

    Damn good video man! 💪🏽😁👍🏽

    • ChrisFix


      20 gün önce

      Thanks a lot Ed!

  • pablo medina

    pablo medina

    21 gün önce

    too much work lmao i’d rather have a remote for it

  • K9 Revenge

    K9 Revenge

    21 gün önce

  • Jaime Santillan

    Jaime Santillan

    22 gün önce

    Great video on how to install these LED lights. That gives me incentive to try it on some LED lights I haven installed because I didn’t know all the steps to do it. Looks easy enough. Thanks for the video!

  • JKscatpack


    22 gün önce

    You got the coolest vidoes

  • 봅클에킴


    22 gün önce

    I know it is basically the same thing but I'd love an underglow or an interior ambient lighting kind of tutorial too! I want to work on my car and install led lighting on the interior so it looks like a luxury car with ambient lighting. And maybe underglow lights that activate when the closest door opens! (Left lights will turn on when left door is opened for instance.) I'd like to hear your ideas too Chris since you know a lot about cars and always have great ideas when it comes to these things! (I'd also love a rear camera or sensor install tutorial since my car has none and I might install them.)

  • dustin mcbride

    dustin mcbride

    23 gün önce

    can i run the power from my sub amp?

  • Aimee Revere

    Aimee Revere

    23 gün önce


  • Alfred Baldwin

    Alfred Baldwin

    24 gün önce

    What gauge wire should I buy to run from battery to switch

  • Willard Young

    Willard Young

    25 gün önce

    thats awesome

    • ChrisFix


      24 gün önce

      They work pretty well!

  • Wayne


    25 gün önce

    Good idea but poor execution...should have done two separate strips instead of leaving the exposed lights close to the cab

  • Mike Kostuch

    Mike Kostuch

    25 gün önce

    how do you add more LED lights in my 2019 Ford F-150 if they have some LED's in there already. Can you tap off those connections somehow? I would like to hook the lighting up to be music driven in the truck bed with various colors. Any thoughts?

  • mikedriftdriver3


    26 gün önce

    Love it nice and tight profesional install

  • Kaidude1234 Hasan Sarfaraz

    Kaidude1234 Hasan Sarfaraz

    26 gün önce

    Bruh the stuff in the truck

  • justincredubil


    26 gün önce

    I have zero intention of installing bed-liner lights, but that did not stop me from watching all 23 minutes of this video. Outstanding job!

  • Earl J.Pimentel

    Earl J.Pimentel

    26 gün önce

    Hey Chris can u do a how to do bed liner in a truck?. Plz 😭🙏🏽

  • Shoko Jim Hollingsworth

    Shoko Jim Hollingsworth

    27 gün önce

    Do you need a resistor/power supply unit or can they be connected directly to DC battery power? I've read that the LED not having resistance will burn them out quickly if direct to battery...

  • Lori Fink

    Lori Fink

    27 gün önce

    Getting rid of that plastic bed liner should have been the first mod.

  • junior molina

    junior molina

    27 gün önce

    He had a bottle of NOS in his truck...

  • Godspeed onethousand

    Godspeed onethousand

    28 gün önce

    Love the way you have explained it

    • ChrisFix


      28 gün önce


  • Alfredo Ibarra

    Alfredo Ibarra

    28 gün önce

    Am I the only one that cringes with that ground connection? I mean after all that silicon, heat shrink and ring terminals to then terminate bare fragile ground wire strand on a thread like that.

    • ChrisFix


      28 gün önce

      Thanks for sharing, I've run grounds like that for years and never had an issue!

  • Mark


    29 gün önce

    So very cool. Very explicit step by step process on installation. I may do this to my truck.

  • Gerard Ligonde

    Gerard Ligonde

    29 gün önce

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  • big meech

    big meech

    29 gün önce

    Thanks for the vid I got a truck tent and fallowed the vid so I could light it

  • Zepherius Collins

    Zepherius Collins

    29 gün önce

    why not just use the washer behind the liner so it looks professional?

  • PaulWalkerFuns


    Aylar önce

    Where you buy NOS

  • Tuntalunta


    Aylar önce

    i would reccomend putting the switch before the lights on the positive side instead of after on negative

  • The outlaws gaming 22

    The outlaws gaming 22

    Aylar önce

    anyone know what kind of wires he used??

  • Sławomir Pyclik

    Sławomir Pyclik

    Aylar önce

    why did You not use waterproof LED stripes?

  • Sam Kerr

    Sam Kerr

    Aylar önce

    I always update my exterior and interior lighting to LED, can’t stand the old halogen lamp

  • Depisius T

    Depisius T

    Aylar önce

    I just saw BLINKER FLUID

  • Noel Vazquez

    Noel Vazquez

    Aylar önce

    This was a cool stuff i liked good job

  • milky niggers

    milky niggers

    Aylar önce

    Why is there a damn nitrous bottle

  • the eabster

    the eabster

    Aylar önce

    I didn't see the silicone that you were using in the description. I very well could have missed it. is it dialectic grease or is it actually a silicone gel or some sort? thanks

  • Anthony Wasunna

    Anthony Wasunna

    Aylar önce

    So nice to see Jacob and Yuri,...Great collabo

  • hph081000


    Aylar önce

    I am so going to do this under Stainless Steel top of my tool box. That way i can see in the back of the drawers.

  • Alex gamer

    Alex gamer

    Aylar önce

    Yo umm would a hair dryer work as a heat gun im a child so i wont do this stuff (not yet (= ) but would that work

  • Alex gamer

    Alex gamer

    Aylar önce

    Yo umm Chris fix i have an idea as a fun project maybe of you have the time and way more then enough money maybe you can buy an bus that needs repairs and then fix it up and customize it to your taste and make it a minihouse for long distance travels (probably would be expensive) so if you do make it only make it if you have way more then enough money although if you make it it would be hard and if you post a video of you fixing it may you not time lapse so we see everything you see and do but only do this if you have more then enough money and time

  • collegedave100


    Aylar önce

    You could have ties into the trailer power in the back. It’s already back there, instead of running a wire all the way back there. The center spot on a 7-wire plug is always hot, as long as it’s connected at the battery. GM trucks come with the wire, but it has to be connected at the battery.

  • MegaReddevil91


    Aylar önce

    Why didn't you just use the bedliner as your switch washer? o.O just curious.

  • Brian Lewis

    Brian Lewis

    Aylar önce

    Any way to make it change color??

  • Loa Han

    Loa Han

    Aylar önce


  • Michael Williams

    Michael Williams

    Aylar önce

    I can't be the only one irked that he did the whole job clean as hell then just threaded a bolt over a bare wire for the ground instead of a ring terminal, etc.

    • Ryan Eli

      Ryan Eli

      Gün önce

      I was watching on my tv and had to visit the TRdown app on my iPad just to read the comments after I saw it. There were a few other iffy parts but that bolt threaded over bare wire was too much.

    • Michael Williams

      Michael Williams

      12 gün önce

      @bob m apparently I'm not so 🤷‍♂️

    • Alex Moen

      Alex Moen

      17 gün önce

      That was so disappointing!!! Everything else was perfect, then he didn’t use a ring terminal on the ground!! Glad I wasn’t the only one thinking that!

    • bob m

      bob m

      22 gün önce

      yea Mike you are, if you have a problem, do it right it's up to you.

    • Andrew Tanner

      Andrew Tanner

      25 gün önce

      Well, yeah. I was thinking heat shrink up to the bare wire. Put some protection on it

  • ll coolj

    ll coolj

    Aylar önce

    the sound of the cicadas in the background are so soothing. Late summer / early fall vibes.

  • Brandon 17th504

    Brandon 17th504

    Aylar önce

    Of course I subscribed.

  • Grayson Geschke

    Grayson Geschke

    Aylar önce

    Hey Chris, what was the wire you used? does it have to be 14 gauge?

  • Nuna Yobusiness

    Nuna Yobusiness

    Aylar önce

    I have a question, why didn’t you just steal power from the running lights in the rear. The LEDs should not interfere with running nor break lights etc...

  • Robert Chesser

    Robert Chesser

    Aylar önce

    Amazing detail as always!

  • AutoFixEZ


    Aylar önce

    Another great video, thanks for keeping it real! @AutoFixEZ

  • Joshua Beckwith

    Joshua Beckwith

    Aylar önce

    Hey ChrisFix, bought the stuff from Amazon, but the wiring diagram for the latch switch is different than yours. Can you say what each cable was for? C, NC, NO, etc?

  • Aiden Pasek

    Aiden Pasek

    Aylar önce

    im a kid i like your vids and i like cars

  • esmus galva

    esmus galva

    Aylar önce

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  • dawson Loweryson

    dawson Loweryson

    Aylar önce

    What happeneds if it rains tho

    • ChrisFix


      Aylar önce

      The adhesive backing is water resistant so you should be good!

  • Alex DeShetler

    Alex DeShetler

    Aylar önce

    Am I the only one that flinched when the dirt was falling from the frame😂

  • Rras dan

    Rras dan

    Aylar önce

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

    • Rras dan

      Rras dan

      Aylar önce

      @ChrisFix aw man 😢

    • ChrisFix


      Aylar önce

      Unfortunately not :p

  • Cynep


    Aylar önce

    I love my blinker fluid

  • Chris Balzer

    Chris Balzer

    Aylar önce

    HAHAH yup came from Canada Rust=Canada....

  • commuter keebord

    commuter keebord

    Aylar önce

    i bet 12341242340234 mil $ that nos bottle is real :)

  • Rodrigo Alarcón

    Rodrigo Alarcón

    Aylar önce

    I don't have all that stuff in my house, wtf