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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  1. Tori Leonard

    Tori LeonardVuosi sitten

    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!! :)

  2. duane corder

    duane corder19 päivää sitten

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

  3. #tag

    #tag24 päivää sitten

    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❤

  4. bob m

    bob m24 päivää sitten

    ok girl, keep up the good work.

  5. munzir group

    munzir groupUukausi sitten


  6. Johan Last

    Johan LastUukausi sitten

    @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.

  7. Scott FPS

    Scott FPS8 tuntia sitten

    Nice add. I have to confess, I don't trust adhesive on the back of LED strips, so I use VHB all the way around. Other than that, I would say use an eye ring for the wire to the ground bolt, rather than put the wire into the nut. Prior experience tells me that wire will break. My add: The windows of my '76 Chevy 3/4-tone truck are tinted. So, at night, the tint makes seeing behind (while backing up) a lot harder. I added 2 x 6" LED light bars as back-up lights and tied them into the existing reverse-light circuitry. Now, it's like someone turned on the sun! ;^)

  8. Kobayashi Maru

    Kobayashi Maru23 tuntia sitten

    I did this on my last truck but instead of running a new wire all the way to the battery, I just tapped into the trailer harness and used the wire/pin that powers the trailer lights.

  9. Eduardo Rodriguez-Montalvo

    Eduardo Rodriguez-MontalvoPäivä sitten

    I LIKE when he says hey GUYS GUYS chrisfix here

  10. Jack Vogel

    Jack Vogel2 päivää sitten

    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.

  11. Rich London

    Rich London2 päivää sitten

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

  12. the marti

    the marti3 päivää sitten

    You are awesome kriss fix

  13. Joe Green

    Joe Green4 päivää sitten

    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. 😂

  14. Mike Silva

    Mike Silva5 päivää sitten

    Blinker fluid.... Lol

  15. me me

    me me5 päivää sitten

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

  16. Gohanburner

    Gohanburner6 päivää sitten

    All that work for some lights, damn.

  17. Kicker Mindrup

    Kicker Mindrup8 päivää sitten

    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

  18. Irma Kojutienė

    Irma Kojutienė8 päivää sitten

    am the only one seen that big jucie nos


    EXOTIC GAMERR 2239 päivää sitten

    Your drawing is.... questionable XD

  20. garfieldwithissuez

    garfieldwithissuez10 päivää sitten

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

  21. Cornwall's Answer

    Cornwall's Answer10 päivää sitten

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

  22. KingBoy Playz

    KingBoy Playz11 päivää sitten

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

  23. Thegamerseba XD

    Thegamerseba XD12 päivää sitten

    Ma men has some nos in his truck


    LEUN BLSX12 päivää sitten

    He still has his blinker fluid

  25. Corey Nerzig

    Corey Nerzig12 päivää sitten

    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!

  26. Perfection by Pam

    Perfection by Pam13 päivää sitten

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

  27. Jason Daggett

    Jason Daggett13 päivää sitten

    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

  28. ToastyFerret 1226

    ToastyFerret 122613 päivää sitten

    Do you work on rc cars too. Lol 😂

  29. FFMedic124

    FFMedic12413 päivää sitten

    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

  30. ToyotaAvensis

    ToyotaAvensis14 päivää sitten

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

  31. Hype Adventure

    Hype Adventure15 päivää sitten

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

  32. Ali Ahmed

    Ali Ahmed15 päivää sitten

    you definitely need that on a range rover

  33. MatataTomato M30

    MatataTomato M3015 päivää sitten

    +10 hp

  34. el cuhh paaa

    el cuhh paaa15 päivää sitten

    can we get a face reveal


    JAMIE JOKER16 päivää sitten

    All good apart from earth

  36. Leo Hoogendoorn

    Leo Hoogendoorn16 päivää sitten

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

  37. Palaash Arora

    Palaash Arora16 päivää sitten

    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

  38. Pawel Szabaciuk

    Pawel Szabaciuk17 päivää sitten

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

  39. D man

    D man17 päivää sitten

    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.

  40. jacob child

    jacob child19 päivää sitten

    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?

  41. TheNohau772

    TheNohau77219 päivää sitten

    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.

  42. Albert Meza

    Albert Meza19 päivää sitten

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

  43. Nicholas Malkin

    Nicholas Malkin20 päivää sitten

    That ground made me CRINGE!

  44. Queen of Hearts

    Queen of Hearts20 päivää sitten

    Would the lights get damaged by water though?

  45. Jaxson Carter

    Jaxson Carter21 päivä sitten


  46. Melonhead

    Melonhead21 päivä sitten

    They don’t short out?

  47. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix20 päivää sitten


  48. Aidan

    Aidan21 päivä sitten

    He did so good and then half assed the ground lmao

  49. Phoenix Squad

    Phoenix Squad21 päivä sitten


  50. TFR

    TFR22 päivää sitten

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

  51. Ed Perez

    Ed Perez23 päivää sitten

    Damn good video man! 💪🏽😁👍🏽

  52. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix23 päivää sitten

    Thanks a lot Ed!

  53. pablo medina

    pablo medina23 päivää sitten

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

  54. K9 Revenge

    K9 Revenge23 päivää sitten

  55. Jaime Santillan

    Jaime Santillan24 päivää sitten

    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!

  56. JKscatpack

    JKscatpack24 päivää sitten

    You got the coolest vidoes

  57. 봅클에킴

    봅클에킴24 päivää sitten

    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.)

  58. dustin mcbride

    dustin mcbride25 päivää sitten

    can i run the power from my sub amp?

  59. Aimee Revere

    Aimee Revere25 päivää sitten


  60. Alfred Baldwin

    Alfred Baldwin26 päivää sitten

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

  61. Willard Young

    Willard Young27 päivää sitten

    thats awesome

  62. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix26 päivää sitten

    They work pretty well!

  63. Wayne

    Wayne27 päivää sitten

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

  64. Mike Kostuch

    Mike Kostuch27 päivää sitten

    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?

  65. mikedriftdriver3

    mikedriftdriver328 päivää sitten

    Love it nice and tight profesional install

  66. Kaidude1234 Hasan Sarfaraz

    Kaidude1234 Hasan Sarfaraz28 päivää sitten

    Bruh the stuff in the truck

  67. justincredubil

    justincredubil28 päivää sitten

    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!

  68. Earl J.Pimentel

    Earl J.Pimentel28 päivää sitten

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

  69. Shoko Jim Hollingsworth

    Shoko Jim Hollingsworth29 päivää sitten

    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...

  70. Lori Fink

    Lori Fink29 päivää sitten

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

  71. junior molina

    junior molinaUukausi sitten

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

  72. Godspeed onethousand

    Godspeed onethousandUukausi sitten

    Love the way you have explained it

  73. ChrisFix

    ChrisFixUukausi sitten


  74. Alfredo Ibarra

    Alfredo IbarraUukausi sitten

    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.

  75. ChrisFix

    ChrisFixUukausi sitten

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

  76. Mark

    MarkUukausi sitten

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

  77. Gerard Ligonde

    Gerard LigondeUukausi sitten

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  78. big meech

    big meechUukausi sitten

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

  79. Zepherius Collins

    Zepherius CollinsUukausi sitten

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

  80. PaulWalkerFuns

    PaulWalkerFunsUukausi sitten

    Where you buy NOS

  81. Tuntalunta

    TuntaluntaUukausi sitten

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

  82. The outlaws gaming 22

    The outlaws gaming 22Uukausi sitten

    anyone know what kind of wires he used??

  83. Sławomir Pyclik

    Sławomir PyclikUukausi sitten

    why did You not use waterproof LED stripes?

  84. Sam Kerr

    Sam KerrUukausi sitten

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

  85. Depisius T

    Depisius TUukausi sitten

    I just saw BLINKER FLUID

  86. Noel Vazquez

    Noel VazquezUukausi sitten

    This was a cool stuff i liked good job

  87. milky niggers

    milky niggersUukausi sitten

    Why is there a damn nitrous bottle

  88. the eabster

    the eabsterUukausi sitten

    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

  89. Anthony Wasunna

    Anthony WasunnaUukausi sitten

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

  90. hph081000

    hph081000Uukausi sitten

    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.

  91. Alex gamer

    Alex gamerUukausi sitten

    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

  92. Alex gamer

    Alex gamerUukausi sitten

    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

  93. collegedave100

    collegedave100Uukausi sitten

    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.

  94. MegaReddevil91

    MegaReddevil91Uukausi sitten

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

  95. Brian Lewis

    Brian LewisUukausi sitten

    Any way to make it change color??

  96. Loa Han

    Loa HanUukausi sitten


  97. Michael Williams

    Michael WilliamsUukausi sitten

    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.

  98. Ryan Eli

    Ryan Eli3 päivää sitten

    I was watching on my tv and had to visit the FItitle 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.

  99. Michael Williams

    Michael Williams14 päivää sitten

    @bob m apparently I'm not so 🤷‍♂️

  100. Alex Moen

    Alex Moen19 päivää sitten

    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!

  101. bob m

    bob m24 päivää sitten

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

  102. Andrew Tanner

    Andrew Tanner27 päivää sitten

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

  103. ll coolj

    ll cooljUukausi sitten

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

  104. Brandon 17th504

    Brandon 17th504Uukausi sitten

    Of course I subscribed.

  105. Grayson Geschke

    Grayson GeschkeUukausi sitten

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

  106. Nuna Yobusiness

    Nuna YobusinessUukausi sitten

    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...

  107. Robert Chesser

    Robert ChesserUukausi sitten

    Amazing detail as always!

  108. AutoFixEZ

    AutoFixEZUukausi sitten

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

  109. Joshua Beckwith

    Joshua BeckwithUukausi sitten

    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?

  110. Aiden Pasek

    Aiden PasekUukausi sitten

    im a kid i like your vids and i like cars

  111. esmus galva

    esmus galvaUukausi sitten

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  112. dawson Loweryson

    dawson LowerysonUukausi sitten

    What happeneds if it rains tho

  113. ChrisFix

    ChrisFixUukausi sitten

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

  114. Alex DeShetler

    Alex DeShetlerUukausi sitten

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

  115. Rras dan

    Rras danUukausi sitten

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

  116. Rras dan

    Rras danUukausi sitten

    @ChrisFix aw man 😢

  117. ChrisFix

    ChrisFixUukausi sitten

    Unfortunately not :p

  118. Cynep

    CynepUukausi sitten

    I love my blinker fluid