How-To: Easy Toolbox LED Strip Light Install

Light Idea: Access’ Flexible LED strips make excellent toolbox and service body compartment lights

Lighting tool boxes is always a challenge. The light isn’t bright enough, it’s too bright, it’s difficult to wire in, or the light and switch you use succumb to the environment or vibration.

Recessed LED strip lights provide excellent lighting in toolboxes and storage compartments.Recessed LED strip lights provide excellent lighting in toolboxes and storage compartments.

We found a great solution: The Access Truck Bed LED light strip. They retail for less than $40.

These foot-long, waterproof  LED lights, molded in a 1/4-inch wide rubber-like strip, are ideal for not only lighting the inside of pickup bed, but they are also ideal for lighting dark toolboxes.

We followed along as Truck Supply & Outfitters installed a pair of them in the UWS cross-bed and side tool boxes on a customer’s Crew Cab F-250 work truck.

All the installation requires is peeling off the plastic from the self-adhesive backing on the strip and waterproof push-button switch, sticking them in place under the top lip of the toolbox, and wiring in a ground and hot lead. That’s it.

One light strip will light a side box and a pair will evenly illuminate a standard toolbox. They also work great in the storage compartments of service bodies.