been a little project that I have been working on for a few years
Canopy led lights
I had swapped out the ARB canopy bulb for LED and glued on a small LED strip near the top of the canopy rear window, that was 5 years ago and it did pretty well
I was thinking of something a bit different as the light was good, but for solo trips away cooking on the rear tail gate etc I thought it could be better
So seeing as how bright the COD LED light strips were - my angle eyes, I wanted some more of these.
They came as daylight running lights- so I thought they would be bright and they have turned out that way
benefit is you get 2 lights I got the 17cm variety
wired up a switch in a discrete location reachable from the back or side window
stuck one on the side window so that when opened it will go inter the awning and throw good light
stuck another on the middle bar inside the canopy
stuck a long strip light near the bottom of the rear window, this throws good light onto the tail gate
no flash, these are bright, very happy
While I was at this for shits and giggles I thought that I would add a switch that turned lights on (the original ARB canopy light and my small LED strip) when I opened the rear canopy window.
took a bit of stuffing around due to the window frame being a earth, made interesting smoke when I tried to wire the switch positive- lucky for fuses.
hole drilled through frame for the universal door switch
window open so the lights are on- I have a small section of packing to hit the switch, but I don't think it is required so will remove later.http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2x-COB-84-LED-Daytime-Running-Light-DRL-Fog-Driving-Lamp-Bright-White-/121636268770?hash=item1c52162ae2
something like this- the frame removes easily making them very thin, they can also be linked in serieshttp://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NARVA-UNIVERSAL-DOOR-SWITCH-EXTENDED-ARM-10-AMP-12-VOLT-MOUNT-HOLE-9-5mm-DIA-/121663324960?hash=item1c53b30320
I fabed up the alloy bracket for the other switch out of channel- the hole was so that I could access the mounting bolt (part of the ARB canopy) and I just cut out the switch hole so that it was flush