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How easy to break tubes?

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by kc2006, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. kc2006

    kc2006 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Question.

    How easy is it to break hide away tubes that are already installed??

    Everything worked fine with my truck, backed into a snow pile and the rears stopped for a few seconds but came back on. About a week later everything stopped after a few hours of plowing. Started unplugging one at a time and one out back was messed up. So i go out tonight and nothing again. Start unplugging and 2 more are messed up.

    Do they seriously break this easy? I really don't want to have to buy a case of tubes to keep on hand.
     
  2. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,989

    I have only hadone break on me and that was becasue I was stupid and backed into a pile. Never heard of them just breaking for no reason.
     
  3. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    Something's going on. Maybe a wiring issue. I've ran strobes on trucks for about 8 years and never had to replace a tube that just went out.
     
  4. kc2006

    kc2006 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    When i backed into a pile, it wasn't hard. Was backing out of a drive so I wasn't going fast at all. The fronts quit while driving from one to another. Turned them off, got to the next place turned em on and nothing.

    Looking at a 90w all whelen system now. I've already replaced all the tubes once, now it would be twice for 3 of them, replaced the whelen supply once, the wires haven't been replaced yet, but if i pull them, i'm putting genuine whelen back in.
     
  5. kc2006

    kc2006 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Oh and I've looked over my wiring twice just to be sure (in the past). And everythings how it should be.
     
  6. Fiafighterdude

    Fiafighterdude Senior Member
    from ME
    Messages: 740

    iv broke 2 installing them
     
  7. RobbieB

    RobbieB Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    In my 00 Excursion the guy installing the Preco hide aways broke one when trying to pop the tube in my headlights. Then when he got all 4 in 2 didn't work. Got 2 shipped it warranty.
     
  8. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    i only use Federal tubes in all of my installs.
    and any time i get a call from any of the people i service, i tell them Federal or nothing at all. there were a few people that beefed about my policy, till they realized the federal tubes last forever. i have units out there, some that are 10 years old, with the original tubes in them.
    i have also never had a federal tube burn out, unless someone touched it with their bare hands, or it was broke in an accident.
     
  9. cbelawn

    cbelawn Member
    Messages: 39

    My back hide-a ways quit

    i did an ohm meter check on the wire and have a short somewhere. i found 1 easy and fixed it. the other is going to have to wait till i can get the truck on the lift.
     
  10. Pirsch

    Pirsch Senior Member
    Messages: 596

    sounds like a short or your pwr supply is getting ready to bight the big one! My guess it's probably a gound short in the tail of your vehicle or to the supply.
     
  11. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    i used to have the same problem..they would work intermittently. The connections are not waterproof, and need to be thoroughly wrapped in electrical tape. I did this and have never had a problem since. All the tubes and the power supply are 6 years old and have been installed on my last 3 vehicles.
     
  12. KL&M Snow Div.

    KL&M Snow Div. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,616

    We have strobes in all our copcars and have had more than their fair share of abuse but have never broken. We have one car that has 4 strobes in the rear, and one of them only flashes once where the others flash 4times, its about to burn out.
     
  13. DCS MN

    DCS MN Senior Member
    Messages: 169

    Hide away stobe

    Make sure you order the longer 20' leads if you have a crew cab, and i also brook a couple bulbs when installing them.