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I am often needing to load and unload tools and gear in the back of the vehicle, and if it’s dark outside the light provided by the two built in lights are pathetic. Even changing the bulbs to LEDs did not help much.

So I purchased two LED cob lights.
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Installed them this weekend. They are wired in parallel with the existing lights so they only come on when the tailgate is open. They work awesome!!!! A very simple installation and well worth it.

Here is the finished product:


And it lights up the inside of the vehicle with great results:




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That's nice, thanks for sharing...

Can you share, how you wired those lights? to which one?
 

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Neat and smart. Are they always on when the gate is open or do you have a switch for daytime off?

I assume you just tapped into the existing wires which has power only when the gate is open and you just have the original ones switched off at the light?

I like it.
 

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I dunno. I guess if you want to hack up the car, your new lights do seem to be real bright. I merely replaced my OEM incandescent bulbs back there with LED bulbs right in the OEM socket and they provided about a 50% improvement in lighting, without cutting. That was all I needed. I'm not gonna work back there, merely light up temporarily so I can get stuff in and out - only at night.
 

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Can you share, how you wired those lights? to which one?

The original lights on the tailgate just pop out of the trim. They have 2 wires going to them. I believe it’s light blue and red. Believe it or not the light blue is power and the red is negative. I just soldered the wires from the new lights in parallel with the existing lights. Every new connection I make in the vehicle is soldered and heat shrink wrapped.



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I assume you just tapped into the existing wires which has power only when the gate is open and you just have the original ones switched off at the light?

Correct. I just leave the original ones off because when the new ones are on, the old ones make zero extra light by comparison. They always come on when I open the tailgate.



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I am not sure which wires you connect into, i saw total 4 separate wires (brown and white) and (red and white). Which one are you connecting into?
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I am not sure which wires you connect into, i saw total 4 separate wires (brown and white) and (red and white). Which one are you connecting into?
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Not those wires - that’s for the harnes. He’s tapping into the wires on the existing light. Pop out the light itself and you’ll see the blue and red wire. It’s an easy mod.
 

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Not those wires - that’s for the harnes. He’s tapping into the wires on the existing light. Pop out the light itself and you’ll see the blue and red wire. It’s an easy mod.

Yes, that is correct.

Unfortunately I’m 2000 miles away from my vehicle at the moment which is in the airport parking lot back home. But I can take a photo of the wires later this week if it helps.



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oh, so you are tapping the wires from here (see pic) i haven't try to open it yet, but is it easy to remove?
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oh, so you are tapping the wires from here (see pic) i haven't try to open it yet, but is it easy to remove?

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It is. It just pops out. Look for the indent on one side, like a small spot to stick in a trim tool (or a screwdriver). It’s the same thing you would need to do it to change the lightbulb.


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Did you switch the old light to always turn on or off? mine is off and never turn on. I'm going to order the led light and will install this weekend.
Thanks for the DIY.
 

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Did you switch the old light to always turn on or off? mine is off and never turn on. I'm going to order the led light and will install this weekend.

Thanks for the DIY.

The way it’s supposed to work is power only goes to the light when the tailgate is open. But the switch can override that and turn it off. But it can’t turn it on when it’s supposed to be off.


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The light pops out of the trim very easily.



I cut the two wires and soldered in parallel the new light. The new light always comes on when I open the tailgate, which is fine by me. I didn’t see the point of installing an additional switch. The original lights are still functional the same way as before, but now I leave them off always.




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That's so weird, I thought RED is always Positive and Black is Negative, but in this case it's backward. lol

Thanks for the images.
 

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That's so weird, I thought RED is always Positive and Black is Negative, but in this case it's backward. lol



Thanks for the images.

Harness wiring has a lot of different colours in it. Not really any rhyme or reason to the colour scheme.


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I don't get it. It was very easy to just replace the existing bulbs with high power LED bulbs that had heatsinks on the back. I wouldn't want any more light back there than I have now with them (almost blinding, really). Cutting holes in the fascia and hacking the wiring harness seems unnecessary. The existing fixtures have good diffusion so the COB LEDs don't really improve things (I am a big fan of COB LEDs normally). It just seems like a lot of work for nothing...
 

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I guess that’s why everyone gets to decide what works best for them!

If you look at my first post though, I did try switching to LED first. But they were still not enough for my needs. So I tried to find another solution that would work for me.


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Most of the compatible LED bulbs that I saw did not have heat sinks and thus were limited in output. With an aluminum heat sink bonded to the back of the PCB the output can be really cranked up. Of course with inflated lumens output ratings it is a trial and error process. This is what I am using for all of the T10-based lamps: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NCGFNB0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And these are what I used: https://www.ebay.com/itm/4pcs-T10-194-168-W5W-Wedge-5050-6-SMD-LED-Bulb-XENON-White-Turn-light-Car-Tail-/361914913951?hash=item5443cf549f
They are a real nice improvement over OEM, and fit right in the OEM units. I would not want to cut into ANYTHING on these cars.
 
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