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.

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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 LeonardÅr sedan

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    I killed that beard guy

    17 dagar sedan

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    Akshita Patil

    27 dagar sedan

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    Christopher Welch

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  • Stephen Banyar
    Stephen Banyar5 timmar sedan

    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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    Cooking Parker19 timmar sedan

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    Nate Buck22 timmar sedan

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  • Renier Van Der Merwe
    Renier Van Der Merwe2 dagar sedan

    who drew that truck lol

  • Rainbowdash
    Rainbowdash4 dagar sedan

    why dafuq is there blinker fluid there

  • Edran
    Edran4 dagar sedan

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

  • PG
    PG5 dagar sedan

    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 E5 dagar sedan

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

  • The Jokr 09
    The Jokr 095 dagar sedan

    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 Kadusale5 dagar sedan

    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!

  • Luhan LMcGill
    Luhan LMcGill6 dagar sedan


  • Hugo Rivas
    Hugo Rivas6 dagar sedan

    Do I have use the additional double sided tape if I have a line-x sprayed bed liner

  • Kazma Faheem
    Kazma Faheem6 dagar sedan

    how much is suspension .

  • Josey F Jaimes
    Josey F Jaimes7 dagar sedan

    Why don’t you just get power from the tail light?? Instead of running a cable all the way to the the battery.

  • Switch3000


    5 dagar sedan

    I was thinking the same thing. It could overload the fuse, possibly?

  • wood. exe
    wood. exe7 dagar sedan

    Idk why they dont already do That lol

  • Ramona Pittman
    Ramona Pittman7 dagar sedan

    also love your vids

  • Ramona Pittman
    Ramona Pittman7 dagar sedan

    chris could you send me a break rodar

  • Gemma Finlay-Cross
    Gemma Finlay-Cross7 dagar sedan

    The way he just has nos in the bed of the truck (chrises truck)

  • Ethanator101
    Ethanator1018 dagar sedan

    That truck drawing though flawless 2:10

  • armando79sanchez
    armando79sanchez11 dagar sedan

    Why do I like this video better than the transmission swap?

  • JuanandTeresa Delgado
    JuanandTeresa Delgado11 dagar sedan

    Chris, can I use 18 gauge wire to run from the 12 gauge fuse wire to the back on/off switch?

  • JuanandTeresa Delgado

    JuanandTeresa Delgado

    11 dagar sedan

    The red wire on the switch you provided is a smaller thickness as well.

  • Kheeston Kimbrough
    Kheeston Kimbrough12 dagar sedan


  • Tylmii
    Tylmii13 dagar sedan

    Could you do a video on installing a light bar to the aux switches inside the truck.

  • Artur Szwedzik
    Artur Szwedzik14 dagar sedan


  • Miguel Serrano
    Miguel Serrano14 dagar sedan

    Gonna do this to my Ford Transit.

  • Markey Lemons
    Markey Lemons15 dagar sedan

    0:46 fuckin blinker fluid 😂😂

  • Michael Clark
    Michael Clark15 dagar sedan

    If I get the chance to repair my 1962 Ford falcon I’m gonna do this on the inside

  • Michael Clark

    Michael Clark

    15 dagar sedan

    It’s a station wagon

  • TheMovieGuy
    TheMovieGuy16 dagar sedan

    What do I love you?

  • Ken Rhyne
    Ken Rhyne17 dagar sedan

    Can these strings connect to each other? Ive been looking at these kits online and from what I've seen they don't

  • ChrisFix


    17 dagar sedan

    I'd keep it under one kit (or spec) so it can all attach to each other, otherwise you'll be doing a lot of research to get it to work together!

  • Henry's Garage
    Henry's Garage17 dagar sedan

    What's the recipe for ✨soapy wooder✨

  • ChrisFix


    17 dagar sedan

    Grab a squirt bottle and fill it up with warm wooder and a squirt of dish soap!

  • Kidgenius2011
    Kidgenius201117 dagar sedan

    christmas tree bit you color it green hahahahahahahahaahahahahaha

  • Ryan Cronin
    Ryan Cronin19 dagar sedan

    Will a hair drier work as a heat gun?

  • James Brown
    James Brown19 dagar sedan

    Chris you didn't list where to get the helping hands tool.

  • Steve Young
    Steve Young20 dagar sedan

    Mate I wish I had your enthusiasm ur like a kid whose just fixed his favourite toy👍👍👍 good on ya mate keep it up👍👍👍

  • Gerry Pomanti
    Gerry Pomanti24 dagar sedan

    Use marine grade heat shrink and the silicone waterproofing is built in to them

  • Ruben Grindei
    Ruben Grindei25 dagar sedan

    00:09 Blinker Fluid 😵

  • Stacey Monahan
    Stacey Monahan26 dagar sedan

    omg i just noticed you had a jug of blinker fluid LMAO so fun.

  • JustACarxKid
    JustACarxKid27 dagar sedan

    0:45 A NOS?! His pickup truck is a drag truck lol

  • Akshita Patil
    Akshita Patil27 dagar sedan

    Wow amazing

  • LightHairedViking
    LightHairedViking28 dagar sedan

    No one's talking about the nos bottle

  • OG Saucyyy The DemiGod
    OG Saucyyy The DemiGod28 dagar sedan

    Could you use electrical tape

  • Howard gonya
    Howard gonya28 dagar sedan

    @chris fix is you get your wire and hold it with a washer it will squish the wire or it will get corrupted

  • Cool Afaan
    Cool Afaan28 dagar sedan

    Hi I have a question for ALL the wires do we have to soder them

  • NewLife Newfuture
    NewLife Newfuture29 dagar sedan

    It can be connected directly to the tail lights or towing equipment 5m LED strip with LED chips SMD3528 (0.08 w) with 60LED / m: (5m x 60 x 0.08) / 12 = 2A + 20% = 2.4 Amps (28.8W). 5m LED strip with LED chips SMD5050 (0.24 w) with 60LED / m: (5m x 60 x 0.24) / 12 = 6A + 20% = 7.2 Amps (86.4W) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!the assembly of the LED strips is incorrectly attached and will peel off in a short time. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Eric Bris
    Eric Bris29 dagar sedan

    amazing explanation! best I have seen ever. Almost all the others I have seen skip some "basic" steps, that for people like me that don't have any idea of car's are a deal breaker. Thank you so much. You got me as a fan :)

  • mubarik ali
    mubarik ali29 dagar sedan

    next video to remove LED light from your car : thank you Mr FIX.

  • Bruno Bro
    Bruno BroMånad sedan

    how do you do it for the blinker?

  • Grorious Reader
    Grorious ReaderMånad sedan

    Thank you Chris! I have always been too intimidated by electrical, but using this guide I was able to wire a buckshot round to my driver's seat. Never again will my car be stolen. Never again.

  • Americannovice Twocentnovice
    Americannovice TwocentnoviceMånad sedan

    A 16 AWG size wire with a 10 amp fuse sounds good to me.

  • Americannovice Twocentnovice
    Americannovice TwocentnoviceMånad sedan

    My Cybertruck will have strip lights around it. I may have to install strip lights on the inside of the pickup truck bed equipped with a switch. Neat! Thanks Chris!

  • hellashotsx
    hellashotsxMånad sedan

    Couple tips.. from someone who's installed thousands of those magnetic switches professionally over the last 15 years.. that factory double sided tape will not last long at all with the weather. Also, when using a relay (switch) to break power, ALWAYS break the positive leg instead of the negative.

  • Nawfmemphis
    NawfmemphisMånad sedan

    I’ve fucked with this shit for 2 hours and still can’t get it to work! And was to mad to just rip all of it out throw it away 🤦🏾‍♂️ I ordered the switch in your description but all the wire colors are different. And the LEDs were coming on and just staying on but now they won’t do shit any idea what to check @chrisfix

  • Dahnzeig Frostenkampf
    Dahnzeig FrostenkampfMånad sedan

    20:22 he forgot the heat shrink again 😂

  • Thisara Creations
    Thisara CreationsMånad sedan

    You are so skillful one Thanks for the vedio...

  • Andy Juarez
    Andy JuarezMånad sedan

    How do you know which wire gauge to use for positive and negative to run from the battery to the back of the truck?

  • Orion Barbounis
    Orion BarbounisMånad sedan

    Could you do a video where you replace the cigarette lighter with a switch for interior lighting?

    GT GAMINGMånad sedan

    my dude has a nos just chilling there

  • Stephen McKinnon
    Stephen McKinnonMånad sedan

    This was not the cleanest job

  • lovelylena4140
    lovelylena4140Månad sedan

    When we do a face reveal

  • F74D3N8r0T
    F74D3N8r0TMånad sedan

    Very nicely done, as always. I personally think it's disturbingly bright, so I guess I will have it installed under the rails only and not where it is shining in your face. But overall a very nice idea! Cool truck btw! And one thing I learned from a car loomatic..... the front part of your protective tubing needs to be properly fastened. So wrap the black tape around the cable three turns, then slide your tubing over it and run the tape through the opening of the tubing. When you now wrap your black tape around the tubing it it will never loosen itself.

  • Bindu Puzhakkara
    Bindu PuzhakkaraMånad sedan

    chrisfix do a face reveal

  • C Smers
    C SmersMånad sedan

    Fun Fact: I wish Chris was my neighbor 😩

  • C Boyd
    C BoydMånad sedan

    So you removed the side led lights? Don't see any bounce back from them....

  • Paradox BG
    Paradox BGMånad sedan

    Can you tell me if the fuse is normal size or its the small ones?

  • Shaffira Karim
    Shaffira KarimMånad sedan

    These are the best videos

  • Leo Hellman
    Leo HellmanMånad sedan

    Idk if you'll still respond but why didnt you steal power from the tailights?

  • beetle8686
    beetle8686Månad sedan

    is it possible to turn the bed lights on with the tail gate closed ?

  • Jin
    JinMånad sedan

    No way, the collaboration! I watch both of these channels

  • Michael
    MichaelMånad sedan

    I've never heard a step bit called a Christmas tree bit and I don't know that I'd ask a store employee where their Christmas tree bit are or they might look at you funny. I appreciate the video. I never would have thought to buy a magnetic on/off switch but I'll definitely be using one to light up my car so thanks for the idea!

  • Johenai Segura
    Johenai SeguraMånad sedan

    Chris Fix is a literal God, he can make night 🌙and day ☀️ whenever he pleases

  • The legend boyz
    The legend boyzMånad sedan

    I love them

  • samhith BS
    samhith BSMånad sedan

    Chris u could use the power wire of the tail light to power the led.why didn't u do that?

  • dav1drad
    dav1dradMånad sedan

    0:49 is nobody gonna talk about that nos bottle in the right corner?!!

  • Hugo Larsson
    Hugo LarssonMånad sedan

    When i'm watching yor videos i can't waint until i can buy a car that i can work on myself.

  • Graphic Jones
    Graphic JonesMånad sedan

    I feel like I just soaked up way too much game for free.

  • Larry Poole
    Larry PooleMånad sedan

    Great video Chris. Lots of good details. Nice job on stressing safety. Many people take it for granted. And... that has to be the best drawing of a raptor on your schematic that I've ever seen... haha!

  • KieDpie
    KieDpieMånad sedan

    Jake say thanks to ChrisFix Why did you not say that!?

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  • tweak ohgy
    tweak ohgyMånad sedan

    could put a washer around that switch and used the factory hole

  • So Boring
    So BoringMånad sedan

    Brilliant work

  • larry guitar
    larry guitarMånad sedan

    Sometimes the switch colors are different. But usually you can figure it out. On the 5 wire layout the red and black is the same. The white is usually the common ground. That only leaves 2 wires to figure out. On my switch I had blue and brown instead of green and green black. Since one will be press for on and the other is press for off it's must a matter if trying out each wire and figure out which is which.

  • Jorge Life
    Jorge LifeMånad sedan

    1:03 if someone slam my door like that.. I kick his a** out

  • Ruth Letswalo
    Ruth LetswaloMånad sedan

    Less than R 30

  • René
    RenéMånad sedan

    Creo que la forma más correcta de conectar el interruptor es en el cable de alimentación y no en la masa. Por lo demás ,buen trabajo 👍🏻🇪🇦🇪🇦

  • Luis Santos
    Luis SantosMånad sedan

    Hey @ChrisFix, I own a 2017 Ford F150 that came with an LED light switch located at the driver side by the tail gate. Unfortunately the LED lights are located at each corner by the tailgate and does not light up the bed very well because I also have the Ford foldable bed extender. If I were to use the 16' LED strip, can I hook it up the the existing OEM LED switch?

  • Steven Walls
    Steven WallsMånad sedan

    It's really called a uni-bit or a stepper bit I'm pretty sure if you went to a store and asked for a Christmas tree bit they would want to know if you was ok

  • Curtis Raso

    Curtis Raso

    Månad sedan


  • Lil Goated
    Lil GoatedMånad sedan


  • Prince Marly
    Prince MarlyMånad sedan

    Lights everywhere now. Lol jk jk. Sensible places.

  • dennis ranck
    dennis ranckMånad sedan

    To add a comment, the magnetic switch that is used, is a normally open switch. Do not get a normally closed switch for an application like this. A normally closed switch will work, but it will need to be set up differently.

  • Edward Berwind
    Edward BerwindMånad sedan

    Chris, great info thanks. I'll be installing these on my friends truck soon.

    IxAMxANGELMånad sedan

    done, custom wired 2 set of leds under a Diamond Back cover using this set up. quick disconects from the auto parts store were the ticket. Thanks @chrisfix

  • sahil D
    sahil DMånad sedan

    Put these led lights under the car 😅 it's gona be fun

  • Petey P
    Petey PMånad sedan

    Lol blinker fluid

  • shrimp basket
    shrimp basketMånad sedan

    Thanks. I had a camper shell put on my GMC Sierra and the factory LED by the lift gate is lousy. I’m going to add strip lights to the inside of the shell but I want to button switch to light up. I wish you would’ve shown how to wire that up too.

  • DIY Disabled Dad
    DIY Disabled DadMånad sedan

    A raptor with a plastic slip in bedliner? Poor raptor

  • I Must Get This Money
    I Must Get This MoneyMånad sedan

    Chris that looks so clutch man & simple

  • I Must Get This Money
    I Must Get This MoneyMånad sedan

    Perfect 4 engine use

  • I Must Get This Money
    I Must Get This MoneyMånad sedan

    Chris Fix you have gone a long way wow Congrats, Ur voice has changed U have entered maturity my man, plain joke 😂 Hope Ur putting all that Cash Mula 2 a postive righteous move, God bless U & Ur fam.

  • cjscorner
    cjscornerMånad sedan

    Can i use it for underglow? Lol