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Best Tailgate Light Strip 2019

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    I hope you’ll agree with me when I say:
    Truck Fanatics is not possible today without a good Tailgate Light Strip…Or is it? Well,there is the only ONE problem.Finding that “Good” tailgate light strip isn’t an easy job.That’s why I have created a list of Best Tailgate Light Strip. After searching online and spending several days in testing these LED Strips from Amazon,I will recommend some tailgate light strips which are worth to buy right now.

    Tailgate Light Strip

    Surely,these below LED Strips differ from in their parameter and manufacturing technique. One thing can be made for sure,PARTSam tailgate light strips are nice enough. Now let me introduce 4 kinds of tailgate light strips 2017.

  • Brand Chip 3M Tape Dust & Waterproof -20C Craft
    GD-LIGHTING 3528 Yes Unknow No Drivepipe Check Price
    iJDMTOY Unknow No Unkonw No Drivepipe Check Price
    Partsam 3528 Yes IP67 Yes Drivepipe Check Price
    OPT7 5050 Yes IP67 Yes Drivepipe Check Price

    Now, I will explain the parameters in the form.

  • A.Difference between the SMD 3538 and 5050 LED Chip

    We named SMD LED chips as 3528,2835,5050 because of their size. Some are brighter than others and some products more light per watt. You can choose the chips based on the use-case. For more information, please read below.

    different size led

    Tailgate light strip can be manufactured with various of LED chips. The numbers you see such as 3528 and 5050 refer to the size of the chip.

    Look at the picture blow. SMD LED chips are called SMD 5050 because the dimensions of the chips are 5.0mm x 5.0mm. It has 3 LED diodes in one housing (sometimes called tri-chips), and are much brighter than individual 3528 LED chips. Though they produce more heat than smaller chips, it is still drastically lower than other lighting options. These types of LEDs require a thicker PCB to draw the heat away from the chips. However,B SMD LED chips are called 2835, because the dimensions of the chips are 2.8mm x 3.5mm, while C SMD LED Chips is 3528.

    5050&3528 led
  • B.What does the IP66 IP67 IP68 mean?

    There has always been considerable confusion regarding the rating systems for ruggedized truck accessories.If aunit is described up to the standard, that can be helpful in making a decision as to which truck accessories to purchase, depending on the user's needs. This is only a brief summary. Please review additional sources if you areinterested in some other professional deninition.

    IP Ratings: (Ingress Protection or International Protection) - The Ingress Protection rating system is aclassification system showing the degrees of protection from solid objects and liquids.The first number refers to the protection against solid objects, normally dust in relation to testing Pocket PCs. If the first number is 0, thereis no protection provided. A number 5 refers to limited protection against dust. The number 6 is for totalprotection against dust.The second number of the IP rating system refers to protection against liquids. A “0” indicates no protection, while a 7 refers to protection against immersion between 15 centimeters and 1 meter. The following two tables give the protection descriptions.

    IP First number - Protection against solid objects

    • 0No special protection
    • 1Protection against accidental touch by hands
    • 2Protection against objects such as fingers
    • 3Protection against tools and wires
    • 4Protection against tools, wires, small wires
    • 5Limited protection against dust
    • 6Protected from dust

    IP Second number - Protection against liquids

    • 0No Protection
    • 1Protection against vertically dropping condensation
    • 2Protection against direct sprays of water up to 15 degrees from vert.
    • 3Protection against direct sprays of water up to 60 degrees from vert.
    • 4Protection from sprays of water in all directions. Limited water ingress permitted
    • 5Protection from low pressure jets of water in all directions. Limited water ingress permitted
    • 6Nearly the same as # 5, except for ship decks
    • 7Protected against the effects of immersion in water to depth between 15 cm and 1 meter

    Most tailgate light strips are rated IP67. They are protected from dust and capable of withstanding waterimmersion between 15 cm and 1 meter for 30 minutes.

    waterproof test
  • C.How does tailgate light strip perform in low temperature?

    LED lighting systems are actually the preferred lighting option for cold environments (to around 20 degrees).They work well with both interior and exterior fixtures. Unlike CFLs, LED lights have no problem starting up intemperatures about 20 degrees. Also, because LED lights contain no glass components, they are more able to withstand extreme sudden temperature changes. They are durable and perfect for outdoor applications.

    However, there comes a question, Why My tailgate light strip doesn’t work well in low temperature? Especially in the snowing day.The reason comes from the PCB (Printed circuit board), in order to reduce the cost of products,many manufacturers will choose the cheaper PCB as drive circuit. So, when the tailgate light strip working in the low temperature, the resistance value in the PCB will rise rapidly, that’s why the led brightness becomes lower than usual.

  • D.The difference manufacturing technique between Drivepipe and Drop of Glue

    Drivepipe has a good protection in shipping. It can also protect the SMD led ships and PCB of breakdown when you are driving in rough environment. However, with the thick drivepipe the light strip will become heavy. There is another disadvantage: It’s hard to clear inside as the drivepipe is completely seal.

    While Glue can be cleard easily and light.In my opinion,glue fits for DIY fans as it can be cut and soldered as what you want. But glue is too thin to protect the SMD les strips during shipping. Well,that’s all the explanation of those parameters in the form.


    Now Let me show you these 4 Tailgate Light Strip, all of them have these function:

    1. Tail lights: all red LEDs light up 
    2. Rear left turn signal: left LEDs light up 
    3. Rear right turn signal: right LEDs light up 
    4. Brake: all Red LEDs light up 
    5. Reverse: all White LEDs light up
    6. Rear left turn signal: left LEDs light up 

    However, each brand has it’s advantage, let me show you one by one.

  • 1.GD-Lighting

    This (led tailgate strip) uses 3528 chip and has 3M tape to fasten on truck tailgate.However the GD-Lighting can not work in the low temperature,if you live in Minnesota, this tailgate light strip can not work normally in winter.By the way,this Amazon store only sells two products.I think you may get a quick reply if you have any question.

    amazon shop


    • Quick Customer Service


    • No Dust&Waterproof
    • No resistance of Low Temperature
  • 2. iJDMTOY

    As a famous autoparts local retailer, they are also selling tailgate light strip in Amazon. However, it seems that ijdmtoy not performance well in this product. Let’s look at the review from Amazon. The 5 star review has 43%, but 1 stat review reach to 36%.What’s more, I have read the 1 star reviewer’s comment, most of them complain about the tailgate light strip with a bad quality (life time 0.5-3 months) and IJDMTOY doesn’t give any reply to those 1 star reviewers that makes me shocked.

    For the above reason, although IJDMTOY is a famous brand, I do not recommend its tailgate light strip to you.

    ijdmtoy light strip


    • Famous Brand


    • Poor Quality
    • No Dust&Waterproof
    • No resistance of Low Temperature
  • 3.Partsam

    Partsam, one of the truck accessories sellers in Amazon. From 2012, in order to offer better shipping service, we have built 2 warehouses in CA and MS besides FBA. If you follow they, you will notice that we develop and launch new products with High Quality and affordable price continuously.

    Now let me introduce the tailgate light strip from Partsam. Equiped the 3528 SMD led strip and We choose the best PCB for the drive circuit to make it working efficient even at negative 20 Fahrenheit! The best drilling required! Simply prep, peel, press onto your pickup and this add-on is as good as factory installed. Comes with a tough-as-nails adhesive enhancer.No need to drill. Plug 'N' Play Ready Plugs directly into you trailer adapter for a quick install.

    partsam light strip


    • IP67 Dust&Waterproof
    • Resistance of Low Temperature
    • High Quality PCB


    • Low-key Brand
  • 4.OPT7

    OPT7’s Tailgate Light Strip is really nice,5050 SMD led ships with IP67 level Dust&Waterproof. It can be said that all the parameters are top level. However, do you really think we have to use all primeum equipment of every parameter and specification? In my opinion, if you are the fanatic DIY Truck Fans who pursues perfection, then I think opt7 tailgate light strip is really good choice for you. But if you want it to be just the tailgate light strip, I think the price $59.99 makes that choice not that good.

    opt7 light strip


    • 5050 SMD LED Ship
    • IP67 Dust&Waterproof
    • Resistance of Low Temperature


    • Expensive
  • Maybe you still have confusion in these 4 tailgate light strip, let me compare with their price, you will know them more. Look at this chart below.

    Brand Price($) Reason
    GD-Lighting 15.99 No IP67,No -20
    iJDMTOY 27.99 Brand Premium
    Partsam 19.99 High Quality PCB
    OPT7 59.99 Brand Premium

    Now, I will explain the parameters in the form.

    We can know that IJDMTOY and OPT7 are much more expensive than GD-Lighting and Partsam. Why? Because Famous Brand spents much money on their marketing, so they need to make the money back from their customers even they sell the same as product with others. So you can always see the famous brand are expensive than any other. But you may say that famous brand’s products are in high quality and good service. It’s true in offline maketing, but in online shopping, you maybe wrong.In the online shopping many products are excessive marketing as they don’t focus on the product.

    Final Words – Wrapping it up

    Considering how the market of tailgate light strip is pretty saturated. The list was carefully crafted, keeping in mind things like the needs of a customer and how much are they willing to spend on a tailgate light strip.

ABout Mike Aguilar

ABout Mike Aguilar

Mike Aguilar is a 42-year-old mechanic. Who is fully experienced in the knowledege of pick-up modification and fixing from this guy. Just message him if you need any assistance.


  • jack says 2017-10-09 12:10

    Hello Mike, I installed some strips on my 2017 F150, and the trailer module faults when making turns, also the blindspot function of the mirrors are not inoperative. any ideas on how towork around these issues?

    • Partsam says 2017-10-11 08:41

      Maybe you should install a Running LED Strip Light instead of flicker function strip

    • Jamey Plunkett says 2017-12-01 04:02

      You have to wire it to back of your lights. When you hook to the light hook up the truck thinks you are hooked to a trailer

  • john cooke says 2017-11-13 19:48 purchased from amazon light soft article lamp x00vkb5e5 no info or instructions included. can you help me. thanks

    • Partsam says 2017-11-17 08:25

      would you please send me your amazon order ID?

  • Chris Pitrey says 2017-12-28 02:26

    I ordered the 194 light kit and didn’t have any information on how to put them together

    • Partsam says 2018-05-04 02:29

      Hi, Chris Pitrey, wolud you please tell me your order ID? so that I can offer you the solution

  • Chris Pitrey says 2017-12-28 02:27

    I ordered the 194 light kit and didn’t have any information on how to put them together

  • Chris Pitrey says 2017-12-28 02:27

    I ordered the 194 light kit and didn’t have any information on how to put them together

    • Partsam says 2018-01-02 10:45

      Hi,Chris Pitrey would you please send me your order ID?

  • Lyle Messinger says 2018-03-07 15:56

    Hello Mike, I'm looking for a single unit that is double faced. LED strip light w/ 4 wires in Clear Front Amber & Rear Red I need 2 of these for the front bumper of my Semi Truck I need them to function as running/parking lights & turn signals 15"-17" long or in my case High. Do you have such a unit ?

    • Partsam says 2018-03-16 03:36

      Hi, Lyle Messinger, (double faced Amber & Rear Red Light: (15"-17" turn signals lights: )

  • Kiefer Baublit says 2018-05-03 00:58

    I bought the 7x6 cree led headlights and the adapter for my 91 toyota 4runner and they run low beam fine but when i try high beam it is just a really dim low beam. I also tried reversing the low beam and high beam they do the same thing high beam on low beam then dim high beam when i try to use high beam. Please help

    • Partsam says 2018-05-04 02:32

      I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing problems with the product. Does it happen when the first you use it or after you use them for a while?When high beam on, are all the LEDs lighting up? If convenient, can you please send me the item listing or the order ID? That will help to find the correct item and come up with a reasonable solution for you. Thank you.

  • Barbara Bradshaw says 2018-05-04 01:02

    I have the light kit but no directions!! How can I get info to install please

    • Partsam says 2018-05-04 02:28

      I think this video can help you, ( )

  • Jimmylee says 2018-06-07 00:44

    Do you guys offer side strips also that would just be running lights by chance?

    • Partsam says 2018-06-27 08:50

      hi, Jimmylee, you can take a look this LED Strip:

  • Clint mckinsey says 2018-06-12 11:58

    I bought a led strip for my o6 doddge2500 after looking the strip will go over my spare tire hole. What should I do any way to go around it

    • Partsam says 2018-06-27 08:43

      hi,Clint mckinsey, would you please tell me your led strip's length?


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