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During a dark and rainy 3 am jumping of another truck, it became clear there is no lighting in the engine compartment of my 2018 Silverado. The previous truck had a light under the hood and the generation prior to that had a removable work light that could be placed on the locations. Not to mention that truck also had jumper cables builtin to jump Fords. So my question is has anyone added lighting under the hood? if so how? 

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6 minutes ago, Patrick S Kelley Jr. said:

During a dark and rainy 3 am jumping of another truck, it became clear there is no lighting in the engine compartment of my 2018 Silverado. The previous truck had a light under the hood and the generation prior to that had a removable work light that could be placed on the locations. Not to mention that truck also had jumper cables builtin to jump Fords. So my question is has anyone added lighting under the hood? if so how? 

I have not seen an under the hood light on a GM truck since GMT400 platfom (1988-1998)

Now days, most just use their cell phone flashlight.

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My 2000 Sierra has an underhood light.  It has constant power with a built in weighted level switch.  So when you open the hood and tilt it, it comes on, a small spring turns it off when closed.  It's not real bright, but better than nothing.

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My old man had it in his 1983 Chevrolet 1500... it was pretty dim but came with a retractable cord. To an impressionable 11 year old, that was some high-tech shit!

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My underhood light is the super cheap/old school method. I have one of the old mercury style switches off a old 1970 something caprice that I just drilled 2 small holes and screwed it under the hood. I mounted it in the center towards the back of the engine and it gives enough light to see things like fuses, battery cables, oil/tranny level, etc. I just poked a small hole in the noise shield under the hood so I could fish my +12v wire from the second battery under the hood to the light and have it on a 5 amp fuse so if it shorts out it won't burn anything in the truck. I did have a LED bulb in the socket for the hood light but the heat from under the hood was so high that it burned up the bulb so I just gave up on it and put a halogen bulb in there instead. The LED worked fantastic for lighting up the engine bay but didn't last more than a month in my silverado. It lasted years in my old Envoy though.

 

If you wanted to, you could get some strip LED lights and a new style tilt switch that is used for car alarms and screw the tilt switch in under the hood so that when it closes the circuit it can send power to your lights. I thought about tapping into the factory hood switch on my truck since I have remote start but didn't want to interfere with anything so I left it alone as it controls my alarm system and both factory and aftermarket remote starts.

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