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    Thumbs up Daws Better Built LED Light Strips (for truck boxes)

    On 8/14/12 I ordered a pair of Daws Better Built LED light strips for truck boxes. Here's the review...

    Price Per Unit: $25.78 + S&H (each)
    Product Link: https://www.dawsbetterbuilt.com/inde...=3694&parent=1
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    Impressions:

    This is a quality product at a very reasonable price point. It takes 4 AA batteries that you must supply, yourself. The battery case is held together by four small screws and is NOT sealed against the elements, but when located inside a truck box this should be a non-issue. The battery case, on/off switch, and LED strip all use high-quality 3M adhesive tape that adheres very solidly to a mounting surface provided the mounting surface is clean, even, and properly prepped (degrease with your own isopropyl alcohol being appropriate). The LEDs are plenty bright for the task and the on/off switch has a red LED of its own that is lit when the unit is turned on, making it easy to find the switch to turn the unit off, at night. There is no auto-off function for this unit.

    I bought two of these because I knew that a three foot LED strip would not make it all the way around my truck box ... and that I'd end up with light deficiencies on one side of the box if I only had one unit. Even buying two of them, my price including S&H was $66.83. By comparison, Putco makes a similar product and wants nearly $100.00 for a single unit of it. True, the Putco product has motion-sensitive on/off and a 20 min auto-off timer. However, those are bells and whistles I simply don't need, as I'd like to think I've got enough common sense to turn off a light when I'm done with it. (Also, I worry the Putco product could be accidentially triggered 'on' by things in the box when the truck is in motion ... and it occurs to me that this might be why the Putco product has an auto-off timer ... to prevent battery drain should such an event occur. Hmm...)

    Here are some photos:

    Daws Better Built LED Strip - Package (Front)



    Daws Better Built LED Strip - Package (Back)



    Daws Better Built LED Strip - Unit (Back)



    Daws Better Built LED Strip - Battery Pack



    Daws Better Built LED Strip - My Install Location



    Daws Better Built LED Strip - Mounting



    Daws Better Built LED Strip - Output

    (Please pardon the poor low-light photo quality. My phone takes craptastic pictures at night. I was able to see inside my truck box just fine with only the lights shown in this shot.)


    The Bottom Line:
    I'd recommend this product to anyone looking for battery-powered LED truck box lights. Installation is simple. The product is reliable. The light output is good. The price point and value are both exceptional.
    Last edited by ChevyFan; 06-11-2013 at 06:03 PM.

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    I like the idea of using two. Did you put the on off switches on opposite sides? I'm thinking that's how I'm gunna do it. Thanks for the info
    2009 chevy 1500 z71 4x4
    2.5 ccm level,2.5 inch rear blocks 305/60/18 coopers stt,Debadged,10 series flow w/dual exit in front or right rear tire, KN CAI, diablo InTune, 18% tint all the way around ,spec-d euro headlights with black housings,winjet smoke LED tail lights,putco LED third brake light smoked, fab fours front bumper with 10k warn winch, RK sports ram air hood
    1965 c10 swb, zz4 350 with the hot cam and fast burn heads and a 780 Holley on top, richmond super street 5 speed,restorod

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmitchell1 View Post
    Did you put the on off switches on opposite sides? I'm thinking that's how I'm gunna do it.
    Yup, that's exactly what I did.

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    This is a great review and yes i was the one interested in such product. looks like ill be purchasing these soon. Thanks man


    2010 Silverado Z71

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    TCS front box 7"-9" set at 8.5" | FTS coilovers(blue coil) with resis and FTS shocks with resis| 20" Fuel Off-Road Revolver Rims | 35x12.50 Nitto Trail Grapplers | Halo Projector Head Lights by Recon- Black | Led Taillights by Recon- Smoked | Dumped Straight pipe | Volant CAI | Ranch Hand Front Bumper | DiabloSport Trinity Programmer | Tow Mirrors with Turn Signal | Cervinis Ram-Air hood | 4.56 USA gears with tru trac locker | Longshot Lighting 6000k 55w low beam and 6000k 35w fogs HIDs | 7" lift leaf spring | Blue TCS traction bars

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    Hey I like this one and it's fairly cheap! Plus I don't have to tap into any wiring on the truck, thanks for the review!




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