DIY: Rear hatch LED light strip

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The RGB+w has 5 conductors

RED - +12v
BLUE - +12v
GREEN - +12v
White - +12v
Black - -12v (ground)

Without a controller, passing +12v to a single color will give just the single color.

The +W have a true White LED SMD chip alternating with the RGB chip

RGB+++W+++RGB+++W+++RGB+++W

By applying power to both the RED and WHITE you get a very nice effect :)
Thank you. I was planning to order a white strip and a red strip then run them parallel. This will be cleaner.



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Thanks for write up. Love this mod. I’m gearing up for it. Any concerns about SPDT switch not weatherproof for those top off days?
 

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I finished the mod today. I decided to add one to the tailgate for topless days as well as one to the glass.

I spent a lot of time routing the cables along the factory path.

For the top, I am using a water proof Deutsch dt connector.

The SPDT switch actually switches ground, as these LEDs use a single +12v connector and then connect ground to one or more leads to make color. This eliminated concerns about weatherproofing that switch.

For the tailgate, I routed the wire along the bundle to make sure it flexes still, and tied it in place. I used a few 3M stick clips to hold the cable in place.
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For the window, I removed the trim that routes to the wiper motor, and notched the corner radius so my cable bundle could join it.
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The result is amazing. Thanks to the OP for this idea.
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I finished the mod today. I decided to add one to the tailgate for topless days as well as one to the glass.

I spent a lot of time routing the cables along the factory path.

For the top, I am using a water proof Deutsch dt connector.

The SPDT switch actually switches ground, as these LEDs use a single +12v connector and then connect ground to one or more leads to make color. This eliminated concerns about weatherproofing that switch.

For the tailgate, I routed the wire along the bundle to make sure it flexes still, and tied it in place. I used a few 3M stick clips to hold the cable in place.
20200105_145215.jpg
20200105_145230.jpg
20200105_145234.jpg

For the window, I removed the trim that routes to the wiper motor, and notched the corner radius so my cable bundle could join it.
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20200105_160640.jpg


The result is amazing. Thanks to the OP for this idea.
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Well done!
 

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I purchased most of the parts, this should be interesting. What gauge wire is everyone using? What amp fuse? Any wire diagrams out there? After running through the window channel and into the rear of the vehicle where next from the interior roof? I have the Sky One , the only routes I see are behind the window molding or somehow a crazy fish through the top itself, need to look again.
 

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Finished up this evening, it turned out perfect, BIG thanks to the OP and others. I used 20 gauge wire. I bought a soldering iron, learned enough to make me dangerous and with a little practice soldered B+W together, R and the power wire. Ended up cutting down the metal housing a bit. I was able to fish the wire through the top very cleanly. Here are a few of my pics!

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Thanks for this post!

I have a quick question:
Would it be possible to connect the led stripe to the interior dome light? So any time you open the tailgate, the led stripe turns on? (I want to avoid drilling the panel just to add another switch)
 

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Thanks for this post!

I have a quick question:
Would it be possible to connect the led stripe to the interior dome light? So any time you open the tailgate, the led stripe turns on? (I want to avoid drilling the panel just to add another switch)
Possibly however the dome lights shut off after a few minutes in my limited experience. I am not sure if the factory DC outlet in the rear is always on or ignition only but I see some people tapped into it. Looks easy enough. Don't let removing the panels hold you back, watch a few guides and you will quickly become comfortable removing them.
 








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