Got some work done on the shell while I'm waiting for the shocks and front window from the dealer. With this new LED kick I have, I decided to purchase two 16 ft LED strips from amazon for just under $13 a roll.
Amazon.com: Flexible Light Strip 300 SMD White LED Ribbon 5 Meter or 16 Feet By Ledwholesalers, 2026wh: Home Improvement
I was a bit hesitant about how bright they would be but, for the price it was worth a shot. I also purchased one of the dimmer switches but decided not to install it. I ran a wire from my blue sea fuse block (using a 5amp fuse) in the engine bay all the way down to near the tail gate where the switch is located, then ran two 75" LED strips along the ceiling frame from front to back. The backing uses some 3M adhesive and cutting the strips was easily done at the specific locations with scissors. I then connected one end of each strip with some 16 gauge stranded wire. Wanted to use 18 but, 16 was all I had. The other end of one of the strips I ran additional wire to the switch and ground (+ to the switch, - to ground). The switch was a simple 2 prong toggle switch (able to handle 20amps). The decision was also not to use a relay because of the low amperage the strips used. All the connections I had to solder myself. Which is no biggie as long as you take your time. Enough reading here are the pics. They were taken with a blackberry. Apologize ahead of time for the crappy pics:
Here's the switch:
Pic with no lights. In the top left, you can barely see the street light shining through the shell window.
With a flourescent work shop light. Again the top left shows the same street light for ref.
Here's are the LED's lit-up.