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Cheapest Strobes ever!

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by FisherVMan, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    Well not really strobes but certainly the cheapest flashing light .
    A friend had picked up a couple of magnetic based amber strobes; that were those cheapie 3300A models at a yard sale and got the pair of them unworking for $2.................... he gave them to me; and said "are the parts any good to you" ??? They laid around here for a while; and then last week, I took two 100watt Halogen H3 bulbs; and mounted them on a piece of old curcit board that I cut out in a circle to fit inplace of the orginal strobe board and then by just cutting out a hole in the board and holding them down with a large head metal screw; I mounted the H3's. I then hooked them up thru a blinker flasher; that cost a buck; And you cant believe how BRIGHT those things are!!! They blink about every sec and half ; and I am guessing they are at least twice as bright; as the original strobe was to begin with . If you have an old self contained strobe light that is trashed; you might want to try it as I was amazed how effective it really is! I got the bulbs outta china for a dollar each so the total cost for two lights that really work well was $5; so try to match that!:cool:
     
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  2. s. donato

    s. donato Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    the bulbs will probably blow b/c they aren't rated for flashing, but for $5 who cares ;-)

    I think this is usually why wigwags have a longer bright time so they can extend the life of the bulb.
     
  3. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    Well we will see I have no idea how long they will last; but they have been in use now for a couple of storms and they seam to be holding up just fine; but I had the same suspicion as well ???? I compared them to a Federal Firebolt Plus strobe[2 joules from memory] with a red lens I had laying around the other day,and testing during the day time; and there was NO comparison the amber flashing light was much much brighter and more noticeable in daylight.
    I dont know about wig wags either; as I have had very very poor luck with them; as I used to try to do my head lights on the tractor; and could never get a full season outta them; and they quite working . The flashers seam to last forever; but how long the little Chinese bulbs will stand the on and off is anyone guess?
     
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  4. s. donato

    s. donato Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    I had a pair of lights on my roof rack on an old truck that i wired to a wigwag setup and they lasted through a few car shows before i fried them ;-)

    time will tell but i love the idea of using the flasher. Thumbs Up

    i am still trying to figure out the best thing to replace my amber spinner on my roof for next season. :confused:
     
  5. Fire_n_Ice

    Fire_n_Ice Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    Do you have a video for us?! I'd be curious to see that set up!
     
  6. flatlander42

    flatlander42 Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    subscribed!
     
  7. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    No but I will try and take a quick video as it is really amazing how darn bright this thing is !