Firefighter Headlight Flashers???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LouisianaLawnboy, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hey, I would like to know how firefighters, cops, and utility workers make their headlights flash?
     
  2. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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  3. clinicalengineer

    clinicalengineer LawnSite Member
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    If your talking about the high beams flashing back and fourth, there is a module that is installed and it produces the flashing. There are like 4 flash patterns to it.

    If your talking about hide-away strobe/led's, the strobe or led head is placed in a 1" hole drilled in the light housing. It is powered by a remote power supply which controls the flash patterns. You see these type in the headlights, turnsignals, brakelights, and backup lights.
     
  4. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. hondarancher4435

    hondarancher4435 LawnSite Senior Member
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    if you don't have experience with strobes it would be easier to install self contained lights. i personally like to use led's as they last forever and are very bright even though they are a little pricey. take a look at wheelen tir 3's they are perfect for putting almost anywhere on your truck.
     
  6. K/B

    K/B LawnSite Senior Member
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    Check with state laws before installing headlight wig-wags...in some states it is illegal unless you're an emergency responder.
     
  7. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    generally that kind of stuff is frowned upon by most police departments. FWIW I had em in my 94 impala SS amazing how fast cars move out of your way when you headlight flash and you car looks like a cop car....

    many disclaimers will say on the packaging "for off road use only" ie for car shows and such...so just be careful...
     
  8. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    The hide away strobes are actually legal in most states for utility/service vehicles. It all depends on where you install them on your vehicle. If you install them in your turn signals (amber colored light) then you can get away with them as a utility vehicle. But once you put them in the headlights either as the hide away strobes or the actually flashers, then it becomes completely illegal in all states unless you are an emergency vehicle.
     
  9. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
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    could a volunteer have them?
     
  10. K/B

    K/B LawnSite Senior Member
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    It all depends what state you're in and the local cop's attitudes. I know here in NY, according to the books if you have a blue light permit from your FD, you're allowed one rotator that must be visible 360degrees. But it's not enforced at all. I know one guy (volunteer) that has more led strobes, hideaways and lights on his POV than you can shake a finger at. When he goes down the road with them it's like Moses parting the Red Sea.
     

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