Added LED's in my trunk for illumination


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Added LED's in my trunk for illumination

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On my last Wing (1500) I had added an LED strip inside the trunk for lighting; Wanted to do the same in the 1800. Read that there is already a connection under the trunk lid liner that was there for the vanity light and trunk. So I made an extension connection to get the power (always hot) to where I wanted the LED strips. I used two LED strips (one one each side of the trunk and added in a small rocker switch to turn on/off the LEDs. Will post some pictures later...but now I have lights in the trunk!


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Re: Added LED's in my trunk for illumination

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I added a light in the trunk too last summer, but I just put in a single light, kinda like a flashlight end, but has a single LED and two holes to bolt it down. I went to FRY's and picked up a mercury switch and set it in place with epoxy putty. I also added a slide switch to disable the light in case I wanted to leave the trunk lid open. I used a second one of those lights to illuminate my American Flag on the antenna mount, and it too can be disabled if I wish.
Nice to have some light in the trunk when it's needed.
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I did this a while back in my trunk and in my side saddlebags. I put small magnetic reed switches on the edges, and wired them to an always-on circuit. So the lights stay off, but as soon as you open the lid, the LEDs light up. The bike doesn't have to be on, which is great when getting ready on a dark night before starting up, or after shutting down - especially on campsites!

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WingAdmin wrote:I did this a while back in my trunk and in my side saddlebags. I put small magnetic reed switches on the edges, and wired them to an always-on circuit. So the lights stay off, but as soon as you open the lid, the LEDs light up. The bike doesn't have to be on, which is great when getting ready on a dark night before starting up, or after shutting down - especially on campsites!
I used to do mine exactly the same way, nice that the 1800 has dash warnings, I have my boot light wired up to the the L 'pannier open' switch that is connected to the boot.
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wingpilot08 wrote:On my last Wing (1500) I had added an LED strip inside the trunk for lighting; Wanted to do the same in the 1800. Read that there is already a connection under the trunk lid liner that was there for the vanity light and trunk.
I didn't know that! Right on. I have the reed switch to do that install already so I got no excuses now... cuz it's mostly wired! Next project.

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Re: Added LED's in my trunk for illumination

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This is the lighting in my trunk now....Placed on either side of the trunk LED strips, switch is in the center


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1975 CB550-4 mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maxim 30,000 miles
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Re: Added LED's in my trunk for illumination

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I added light with LEDs to the trunk.
I tapped the power under the innner lid - and added a switch.
BUT I put my lights (LEDS) on the trunk LID so they were at the TOP (rearward) edge when the trunk is OPEN
That way the lighting is shining DOWN on all the stuff inside the trunk rather than Around it all when the sides are lighted.
Just my adaption to a good idea
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Re: Added LED's in my trunk for illumination

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Wingsconsin wrote:I added light with LEDs to the trunk.
I tapped the power under the innner lid - and added a switch.
BUT I put my lights (LEDS) on the trunk LID so they were at the TOP (rearward) edge when the trunk is OPEN
That way the lighting is shining DOWN on all the stuff inside the trunk rather than Around it all when the sides are lighted.
Just my adaption to a good idea
Yep...any light is the trunk is a good idea! Great minds think alike! I was considering a mercury switch or reed switch, but I had available a toggle switch and a small surface mount enclosure. Next project is to add new LED strips to my mirrors for turn signals! Little things to do!

I did look online for the trunklight assembly..but it was like $60 for the light and the an additional $35 for the wire and switch...and I don't think it was an LED light...Outrageous!!
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08' GL1800-HPNA - Red 68,000+ miles
1995 Bunkhouse Camper
Darkside #1720
1975 CB550-4 mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maxim 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1982 CB750-FSS 60,000+ miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

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