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Instant Amber

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by Joe Snow, Nov 24, 2008.

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  1. Joe Snow

    Joe Snow Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    Okay, you guys got to me regarding light color. Last thing I need is some extra attention from :gunsfiring: the authorities. In Iowa, only school buses run clear.
    The Vertex strobes I installed are clear. I decided I better go amber just to be safe. Rather than replace them, (this is either going to sound McGyver redneck) I got an orange sharpie and evenly colored over the plastic dome. The sharpie says colorfast which is a good thing. The dome now looks a bit darker than the amber turn signal bulbs. Turn on the strobes and if you're close to the vehicle, they're orangish white but anything they shine on, is a nice amber color. The further you get from the vehicle, the more orange the flashes appear.

    Now I'm legal and it only cost me 1-1/2 hours total for all four and $1.59 for the Sharpie.

    Believe me, if this hadn't worked or worked but not very well, I wouldn't have posted this:p

    :waving:
     
  2. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    post pics and a vid lol
     
  3. Redneck

    Redneck Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    Id like to see this!
     
  4. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    i second that!
     
  5. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    ok so where are the pics.
     
  6. BORIS

    BORIS Senior Member
    Messages: 170

    i I HAVE AMBER ON TOP AND WHITE AND RED IN REAR TAIL LIGHTS. I HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH THE LAW. THEY DON,T CARE IF YOU ARE PLOWING. THE MORE LIGHTS THE MORE THE MOMS IN VANS SEE YOU.
     
  7. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    why you gotta yell?
     
  8. blueline38

    blueline38 Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    lol............
     
  9. BORIS

    BORIS Senior Member
    Messages: 170

    i don,t know. didn't know caps were on. i can barely run this computing machine. lol
     
  10. Joe Snow

    Joe Snow Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    Picture

    You can see a before picture by going HERE (bottom picture of post #2)
    and here's an "after" picture and a close-up...

    vertex55.jpg

    Vertex555.jpg
     
  11. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    looks like it worked pretty good, how about a video lol
     
  12. firelwn82

    firelwn82 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,862

    Its gonna work for a little bit but unfortunatly the bulb is going to burn up in no time if the marker doesn't wear off first. Strobe have high heat out put and need to disipate the heat and by having marker on the bulb that cannot be accomplished. It will work for awhile don't get me wrong but I wouldn't recommend doing this.
     
  13. Joe Snow

    Joe Snow Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    These are LED's. I let them run while holding the assembly and it never got hot in the least. The LED's are set into the base. The dome is just a protective cover and it's plastic.

    If these were regular strobes with glass strobe tubes, I would have never even attempted doing this.
    :waving:
     
  14. Green Grass

    Green Grass PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,573

    anyone try this with Whelen bulbs?? I have like 6 clear bulbs and need some more amber bulbs and no clear bulbs
     
  15. firelwn82

    firelwn82 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,862


    Oh then why did you call them strobes? lol. ok makes much more sense now.
     
  16. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    post a video....
     
  17. lowpro

    lowpro Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    The Sharpie trick work out? I'm thinking of doing the same thing to my amber vertex lights that are too canary yellow looking. Itching to bust out the sharpie. :eek:
     
  18. Fiafighterdude

    Fiafighterdude Senior Member
    from ME
    Messages: 740

    ! ! ! ! Friggin genius ! ! ! !
     
  19. Joe Snow

    Joe Snow Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    Instant amber video

    OK, here's a short video that I promised regarding the clear Whelen Vertex I installed that I went over with an orange Sharpie to make them amber instead of clear. What do you think?
    :waving:
    <embed width="448" height="361" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" src="http://i207.photobucket.com/player.swf?file=http://vid207.photobucket.com/albums/bb297/Radulator/Whelen%20Vertex/DSCF6200-1.flv">
     
  20. Fiafighterdude

    Fiafighterdude Senior Member
    from ME
    Messages: 740

    Awsome !!!!!!!