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amber corner strobes

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by sabres07, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. sabres07

    sabres07 Senior Member
    from buffalo
    Messages: 110

    I like the idea of amber hideaway corner strobes. However, my 05 Chevy Silverado only has red tail light housings. How do I get amber hideaways in back corners, or am I stuck with white ones?
     
  2. Indy

    Indy Senior Member
    Messages: 704

    are your bu lights clear?, put amber in them, if not look at TIR's
     
  3. Fiafighterdude

    Fiafighterdude Senior Member
    from ME
    Messages: 740

    order amber bulbs and put them in the reverse lights
     
  4. OSLIGHTS

    OSLIGHTS Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 44

    I would suggest using the new Whelen Vertex LED lights in the reverse lights. They are smaller and do not have the heat issues melting the lenses like the strobes sometimes have. Also no power supply needed and a 5 year warranty, so hard to beat.
     
  5. sabres07

    sabres07 Senior Member
    from buffalo
    Messages: 110

    Yea...on my truck the reverse light is white, but it is narrow and short...visible only from the back, too.

    Those Whelen Vertex LEDs look great and would probably fit nicely in my small reverse light area...only drawback I can see is that it a bulb goes bad, you have to replace the whole unit. Could get pricey...?

    Anyone using those now? Feedback?
     
  6. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    LED's last a LONG time...a lot longer than a strobe light bulb....i'm going to guess it's rated for around 100,000 hours (11 years of constant run time) so i think you'll be all set! And if something is wrong prematurely, there is a 5 year warranty on it for a reason!
     
  7. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    the leds look great but you do need to buy a kit that comes with 2 or 4 leds plus the flasher/control module to power the leds. they are slowly becoming commonplace in police/fire applications. good luck with your install
     
  8. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    The new Whelen Vertex LED's do not need a common power supply...they wire up exactly like a TIR/LIN3 so you can have as many of them together as you want....the original LED hideaway's had a powersupply with 2 or 4 port options.
     
  9. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    ok im not very familiar with the vertex leds. the only ones ive seen are the "old style" i guess they would be called now. either way very nice quality bright lights
     
  10. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

  11. OSLIGHTS

    OSLIGHTS Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 44

    Here is a link to the Vertex's http://www.whelendirect.com/Whelen_Vertex_Super_LED_Hideaway_Strobe_Replacement_System

    They are self contained as mentioned above, and do not need a power supply. If you look at those pictures, they show the small little inline controller. They also have a 5 year warranty so no need to worry there. Just a note to mention, the amber Vertex is the only one with a colored dome, all others are clear till turned on.
     
  12. sabres07

    sabres07 Senior Member
    from buffalo
    Messages: 110

    Went to the local plow dealer and was talking to him about corner strobe systems. He pulled out an Ecco system that another customer had ordered and had just come in. I looked it over and found it to be a top QUALITY unit....solid power unit, 4 25' cables with weatherproof connectors and 4 strobe bulbs with weatherproof connectors. I really liked the quality...a little pricey though. Anyone use this system and did you have a problem with bulb clearence or lense melt from heat?

    The Whelen Vertex's are attractive due to ease of installation although with only a 9' lead wire, there will most likely be some soldering and heat shrink wrap for under truck connections...ugh.
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2008
  13. BlueLine Ent

    BlueLine Ent Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    How much was he asking for it?
     
  14. sabres07

    sabres07 Senior Member
    from buffalo
    Messages: 110

    Last edited: Oct 17, 2008
  15. BlueLine Ent

    BlueLine Ent Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    Most of it looks OK, but one thing I noticed and it may cause a problem is that the cables are un-shield, which means they may cause interference in your radio. Just be aware of that.
     
  16. Turkey

    Turkey Member
    Messages: 77

    Vertex in BU

    I want to do the Vertex in the BU lense of the tailight, but am concerned how well the strobe shows up when the backup light is on. Any comments?
     
  17. sabres07

    sabres07 Senior Member
    from buffalo
    Messages: 110

    Not sure about that, but it is a good question. You could always wire in a relay so back up lights are off when switch to the corner strobes is in the on position...that might solve the problem.
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2008
  18. bltp203

    bltp203 Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    Strobes pretty much wash out once the reverse lights are on. I would go Vertex all the way. Once my strobe bulbs blow out I will be switching over.
     
  19. OSLIGHTS

    OSLIGHTS Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 44

    No comparison...definitely do not go with strobes over the LED's, especially if they are about the same price. There is no way those strobes will outlast or outperform the Vertex's. And wow, those are some pricey strobes!
     
  20. sabres07

    sabres07 Senior Member
    from buffalo
    Messages: 110

    I ordered up a pair of amber Whelen Vertex LEDs. Still not sure if they will fit in my back up lights...plus I am concerened about them washing out when BU's are on. I figure if they don't fit in rear, I'll put them up front and use red in back lights.