Interior trunk lighting...


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Interior trunk lighting...

Postby Mh434 » Sat May 03, 2014 12:13 am



I found that the interior of the trunk on my GL1500 was needing some lighting. I looked at all kinds of different ways to do it, but I wasn't happy with the majority of them. Finally, I stumbled across a set of Pilot "LED Flexi-lite" Pilot brand, part # 041-6040-0...although my Google-fu can't find them on the 'net by that part number - (it appears to have been succeeded by part #CZ-177W), and they looked like they'd fit the bill. There are two to a package (cheap, too!), peel-'n-stick mounting, waterproof, and can be cut if desired.

Interestingly enough, the packaging includes a "Try Me" button & a box to power it. These items are intended to be simply discarded, but I couldn't resist looking inside the little black box. Inside were 10 AG-13 type batteries - the same type I had just paid $5 each for to rejuvenate my digital calipers! Okay, a 5-year supply is mine now! Plus, the switch is a really nice momentary push button unit that I'll certainly make use of.

Of course, I couldn't just be satisfied with simply having a nicely lighted trunk. I had to have the lights come on when the trunk is opened, and turn off when it's closed! I looked at many different ways of doing this, most of them unbelievably complicated. Finally, I stumbled across something in my old box of electrical bits and pieces - a Radio Shack magnetic reed switch, like the ones for security alarms (i.e., door contact switches). The beauty of these is that no mechanical operation is required - when a magnet is near the switch, it turns the circuit off. When the magnet is moved away, the circuit is live again.

I stuck the reed switch under the overhanging lip of the main part of the trunk, at the top edge on the right side. Then I mounted a small right-angle piece of metal (screwed to the underside of the trunk lid, using the existing screw that secures the wing on top of the lid), and just stuck a dime-sized rare-earth magnet to it. The metal angle piece was fabricated from some cast-off steel banding, used for bundling lumber. No need to glue the magnet on - it has a tenacious grip to the metal bracket, and it will NOT move.

Anyway, here's a brief video... 8-) Sorry it's a little crappy - cell phone video...






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Re: Interior trunk lighting...

Postby MikeB » Sat May 03, 2014 5:55 pm

Great job and excellent post.
I did something similar but used three strings of lights that I bought from Oznium http://www.oznium.com. They are as good and as reasonable at furnishing LED strips as Super Bright http://www.superbrightleds.com LEDS.

Since I always have my trunk luggage bag in the trunk, I needed light on both sides as well as on the front of the trunk wall. The reason being, when I open the trunk luggage flap, it would cover the set of lights on the forward wall.



I also added a strip of LEDS to each saddlebag while I was at it. The mercury switch supplies power to them as well.

To turn the lights on and off, I used a Mercury Switch that I found on Ebay. They are quite reasonably priced and they ship from Cleveland, Ohio so transit time is relatively short.

They sell for $7.47 with free shipping. If you need more than one, they have a set of five for $29.99 with Free Shipping.
Ebay Item numbers are 110782756227 and 110465889203 respectively.
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Re: Interior trunk lighting...

Postby WingAdmin » Sun May 04, 2014 8:54 am

I did the same thing, on the trunk and both saddlebags. I tapped into the power for the bike, and used the "NC" side of a SPDT reed switch to control it. I used these LED strips, which are REALLY REALLY bright.


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Re: Interior trunk lighting...

Postby Big Blue UK » Fri May 09, 2014 9:08 pm

I switched mine by tapping the earth wire from the lights into the bikes existing micro switches on the top box and panniers locks
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Re: Interior trunk lighting...

Postby Mh434 » Sat May 10, 2014 12:50 am

I wish there were switches on the Gl1500's bags & trunk, but unfortunately there aren't. It sure would have been easier that way! MikeB, above, had a great idea with the mercury switch, IMHO. I've since ordered some on EBay (5, for around $3 including shipping), as I figure on lighting up the inside of the bags, as well, now. :roll:




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