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SharpCutLC
02-20-2005, 12:04 PM
Do you guys use some sort of warning lights while parked in the street? If so what kind do you use and post pics of them. :blob1:

jt5019
02-20-2005, 01:03 PM
I have two led wic3 lights mounted on my tool box facing the rear and a quad flash amber strobe on my roof.I use the led lights when parked on a busy road(they come with 15 flash patterns :) i usually keep my roof light off. Here is the only pic i have right now as im still set up for the winter.

SharpCutLC
02-20-2005, 01:58 PM
Verry nice set up. I like the LED's must get some attention!!!

jt5019
02-20-2005, 09:54 PM
I love them they are very bright .They have a lot of flash patterns but i like to keep them on a simple quad flash.Some of the pattern choices are just too "busy" and i think it would distract drivers. My roof strobe is quad flash so i think it looks good together. Best thing is how easy they are to wire up no power supply needed and they draw almost no amps.

SharpCutLC
02-23-2005, 10:39 PM
are they self contained strobes

Groundcover Solutions
02-24-2005, 02:54 AM
I am looking at having four amber gen three LED's installed on my fraightliner sometime in the next couple of weeks. They are great and extremly bright, we were having a problem while blocking traffic while doing installs on busy streets. I almost had a guy hit me with cones and an arrow board. I want to be safe and this will deffinatly get peoples attention.

wroughtn_harv
02-24-2005, 08:52 AM
Before you get too crazy with the strobes check into what you can legally use. Some colors are only to be used by official vehicles.

Also keep in mind that if you attract too much attention you might be held liable for distracting drivers and causing an accident.

The way I see it is this. A driver sees the flashing light. They identify the hazard from experience and react appropriately. If the flashing light is unique they will concentrate on the situation trying to identify what's happening. This can be good or bad from your perspective. If they're impaired by alcohol or drugs it means they're going to drive into you.

Strobes are best. They have the brightest lights and use the least amount of power. Placing them in an unusual position will get you noticed. I prefer the ones that are installed in the turn signals.

They take more time to install. You have to remove the tail and turn signals and drill mounting holes. It can be a pain running the wiring. But when they're on they'll catch more attention than ones in headache bars or rotating beacons on a roof. And when they're off your ride doesn't look like a part time wide load courtesy vehicle.

T. Matthews
02-24-2005, 09:03 AM
I have two front strobes and four rear strobes along with a LED light bar in rear window. I'll try and post som epics a little later.

jt5019
02-24-2005, 12:52 PM
Led lights are the brightest especially the gen three LED's.Most police fire construction are starting to switch over to led's now because of the brightness plus Amp draw from led lights is almost nothing.Only draw back is if you are looking at them from an angle they can be hard to see.

Groundcover Solutions
02-24-2005, 01:55 PM
Led lights are the brightest especially the gen three LED's.Most police fire construction are starting to switch over to led's now because of the brightness plus Amp draw from led lights is almost nothing.Only draw back is if you are looking at them from an angle they can be hard to see.

Just as said above the LED's are now the brightest lights with the lowest amp draw. Also the ones that are going on my truck are being professionally installed and will be the same as are on our local county trucks. Four on the front grill and four on the back of the truck. This is also a vary large truck much bigger even than the county trucks. In my opinion it is a necessity to protect me and my employees while operating on some of the busiest roads in MI, where in some instances we are blocking an inter lane of traffic.

SOMM
02-24-2005, 09:07 PM
It also sucks when the streetlights or buildings' floodlamps are totally out in certain area because of power-outtages, during snow removal/ deicing.
Two front-facing KC spots either side of amber top. Two upper and two lower utility lamps facing back. Light Bar is from railroad rig outfitter, with the venetian blinds cut-out (always make them sandblast, prime and repaint the light bar if they have to take a torch to anything on it because the original paint usually starts to rust where hot metal frag-bits have imbedded themselves in the original manufacturor's paint job.

We strobe our amber top if necessary during the growing season. Cheaper and less moving parts than motorized ambers. It's a Preco. We've since put reflective DOT-tape (red/white) on the aluminum alloy liftgate, for night visibility.

Green Masters
02-25-2005, 11:34 PM
nice setup

Eclipse
02-28-2005, 08:43 AM
Strobes are great at night but lack some effectiveness during the bright daytime hours.

LED's are certainly the way to go but their effectivenss comes at a cost. As mentioned the LED's don't quite have the visibility at an angle that other lights would have. Personally when I am parked along side a street I am primarily concerned with drivers to the front and rear of my truck so the side visibility is not as much of an issues for me.

GTLC
02-28-2005, 12:30 PM
LED all the way, b/c they are the brightest day and night. State cops around here have some decked out LED unmarked cars and the rear deck lights are so intense at night you can't even look directly at them.