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beacon question????

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by baddboygeorge, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    I bought some peterson 10 joule quad flash beacons , are these bright enough, what joule should ya stay with on a plow truck to be seen well???
     
  2. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 824

    peterson makes a half way decent light ... it should be good enough ... unless you wanna spend more ..
     
  3. Fiafighterdude

    Fiafighterdude Senior Member
    from ME
    Messages: 740


    i second that
     
  4. kitn1mcc

    kitn1mcc Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    you should not go by the joule output but the sae class it is rarted
     
  5. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    spend more???

    hell these were 151 dollars each, to me thats pricey for a beacon light!!
     
  6. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    kitn1mcc

    The dealer told me the more the joule the brighter an more powerful the light!! rite or wrong????
     
  7. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 824


    i wouldn't really say that ... the number of joules have nothing to do with the brightness .... the wattage does ... joules is for how many time you see the xenon bulb produces light ... and $150 its not a cheap light ....
     
  8. scitown

    scitown Senior Member
    Messages: 422

    Do you have a Back rack to put them on? I like the back rack setup I have see in a bunch up in Maine. I think when Im done adding crap to my lightbar I will get rid of it and put two beacons on. The cover the same if not better than my bar. You can hang them off the sides of the truck for 360 degree coverage.
     
  9. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    okay

    Yes I am building a few racks for all my lighting! alltogether on my rack I will have 2 beacons 4 amber an clear wig wags an 4 halogen work lights,,,will that be enough???
     
  10. scitown

    scitown Senior Member
    Messages: 422

    I wasn't being sarcastic. I think two beacons are enough. I can't operate my plow right now with all my lights going because my 160 (?) alt can't keep up. I really may switch to a two beacon on a rack setup. Everything else is just a bonus.
     
  11. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,618

    Description

    One joule is the work done, or energy expended, by a force of one newton moving one metre along the direction of the force. This quantity is also denoted as a newton metre with the symbol N·m. Note that torque also has the same units as work, but the quantities are not the same. In elementary units:


    One joule is also:

    * The work required to move an electric charge of one coulomb through an electrical potential difference of one volt; or one coulomb volt, with the symbol C·V.
    * The work done to produce power of one watt continuously for one second; or one watt second (compare kilowatt hour), with the symbol W·s. Thus a kilowatt hour is 3,600,000 joules or 3.6 megajoules
    * The kinetic energy of a 2 kg mass moving at a velocity of 1 m/s. The energy is linear in the mass but quadratic in the velocity, being given by E = ½mv².
    * The potential energy of a 1 kg mass at an elevation of 1 m above a reference point in a gravitational field of 1 m/s². Earth's gravity being 9.81 m/s² at sea level, 1 kg at 1 m above the Earth's surface has a potential energy of 9.8 joules relative to that surface. When dropped the potential energy gradually becomes kinetic energy, with the conversion being complete at the instant the mass passes the reference point. Whereas kinetic energy is relative to an inertial frame, in this case that of the earth, potential energy is relative to a position, in this case the Earth's surface.

    joule. as 15-joules, is a way to rate a beacon.
     
  12. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    sno farmer

    Hey buddy how are ya?? So what your saying is a beacon light needs to be atleast 15 joule,,mine are 10 joule , I could not find any higher than a 10 joule,,,
     
  13. pwrstroke6john

    pwrstroke6john Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    I believe snofarmer was giving an example. I would say that your lights will be bright enough. Most of the guys I see around here just run a single strobe light on a stick. For me personally if I can stare at the light, its not bright enough, but all you really need to do is to grab attention.
     
  14. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,618

    no not at all just trying to get everyone on the same page as to what a joule is.

    I'm sure your light will be more than bright enough.
     
  15. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    okay

    I gotcha , thanks so much for he help !!!
     
  16. kitn1mcc

    kitn1mcc Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    i my self go by the SAE class i always go class