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curved offroad light bar / strobes

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by rico, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. rico

    rico Member
    Messages: 40

  2. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,036

    Been looking around for one myself. Looking for a 50"-52" curved with floods on the outside and spots in the middle. I'm not sure what to get yet, I see prices all across the board from 100.00 to well over a grand for 50" combinations that all claim to have 300 watts. Not sure of the differences between the cheaper ones and the expensive ones.
     
  3. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,535

    That would be useless while snowing unless you like headaches.
     
  4. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,170

    "Seizures" grand mal.

    seizure.jpg
     
  5. rico

    rico Member
    Messages: 40

    They sell a piece of aluminum that goes under the light bar to prevent glare on your hood and windshield. I like the option of switching between a bright off-road light and color strobes in a all in one device. Just not sure if I want it to do both at once.
     
  6. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,535

    The brighter the light, the fast the flash, the hard the snow, the faster you'll have a seizure.

    It's just not a good idea for so many good reasons, and I'm a fan of vehicle lighting.
     
  7. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,974

    Yea. No way. I have clear strobes in the rear and there blinding, couldn't imagine them in the front. The color changing all the time would suck as well
     
  8. Too Stroked

    Too Stroked Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    The big differences between the cheap ones and the expensive ones are quality, durability and actual light output. First of all, the true usable light output of the cheap bars it actually pretty pathetic. Although some throw a lot of light, little of it is focused and / or useful. Put those two together, and when it's snowing, all that's going to happen is that you're going to blind yourself.
     
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Why..................
     
  10. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,571

    No forward facing red light illuminated or not is allowed, in most all states, unless you "are" a emergency response vehicle.

    and the blue is not allowed for the same reason unless your MDOT
    or police.
     
  11. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,295

    SDS Thumbs Up
     
  12. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    i put a 20" hyperspot flood driving combo between the head lights on my plow and it works great. i think because it isnt rite above my windshield i dont get that crazy snow glare. i wired it to my high beams and havnt had any issues,
     
  13. rico

    rico Member
    Messages: 40

    They have just white and Amber. Color was not an issue. I see a lot of trucks with these light bars above the windshield. Since this one had 2 different steady light output and the availability to strobe, I was wondering what others thought? How many plow with their strobes and high beams on? Which is more important, strobes or being able to see? I would think a bright light would get attention while plowing? There has been talk about mounting these light bars to a plow but does anyone use them over the windshield?
     
  14. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,571

    Paint your hood flat black, and aim the "light" so your not looking the beam of light , to help minimize glare.

    what is that called rave lighting or disco lighting?
     
  15. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,974

    We have said it's not a good idea.
    I personally have have my lights wired for high beams and run my strobes/leds. However my "bright" white ones are rear facing, and my front are angled.
    Bright light yes, and proper placement yes.
    There's a few guys that put the light bar on the plow headgear.
     
  16. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    You don't want it on your roof.
     
  17. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,036

    I was just thinking white, not color, and not flashing either. And using it at night when it's done snowing and I'm doing clean-up.
     
  18. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,295

    I mounted a 14" Flood/Spot LED bar between my plow lights, used is 2prong plug/pig tail at the bumper and wire to a separate relay/switch. I get to a lot, turn off plow lights and used the light bar. No glare, not in my field of vision and being mounted in the center of the pickup the flared wings don't block the light.
     
  19. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,036

    You don't happen to have a night picture showing how bright the light bar is, do you?
     
  20. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,535

    Bingo.

    Light in front is good

    Light over your head is bad during snowfall, light cascading down will cause you to go crazy and will diminish vision, especially when looking in the side mirrors while backing up. Constant refocusing of the eyes from white bright to dark mirrors. That's one example.

    Plowing commercial store fronts, the light reflecting off the glass will be very distracting as well as a nuisance.

    Also, they are not very aerodynamic and most will cause a annoying wind noise at speed.


    I also have a 20 bar mount between my plow light, more then enough.


    Just saying.