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LED or Strobe light

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by BIGGB9, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. BIGGB9

    BIGGB9 Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    Ok guys, I am going to get a new mini light bar LED or Strobe I want to know the goods and bads on both. I know from my own experience that once a LED is burned out there is no replacing them. Not just in light bars but on trucks in general, I sure everyone has seen them burned out. I have had good luck with my strobe but am I living in the passed by still using them.
     
  2. H&HPropertyMait

    H&HPropertyMait Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    the new led technology is amazing, bulb life of 100,000 hours in most cases. they just dont burn out anymore. and if they do, they will be under warranty more then likely. new leds pack as much punch as strobes and use a 1/4 of the power. led all the way dont even hesitate.
     
  3. cwby_ram

    cwby_ram Senior Member
    Messages: 907

    My Whelen Responder blows my old strobes out of the water. Incredibly bright. Had to upgrade to replace the old strobe light bar that quit firing one of the strobes, in fact. I say go LED, but be careful not to go cheap LED. I put voltex (cheap) hideaway strobes in my truck, and they left a little to be desired.
     
  4. H&HPropertyMait

    H&HPropertyMait Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    With led you get what you pay for.
     
  5. cwby_ram

    cwby_ram Senior Member
    Messages: 907

    +1 Thumbs Up
     
  6. MrPLow2011

    MrPLow2011 Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 276

    Get the Sho-ME Mini LEd bar costs about $250
     
  7. Thor78

    Thor78 Member
    Messages: 71

    I agree 100%, led is the way to go. While you can't really replace a single led like you can a bulb/tube, you can replace a module. Most companies make it pretty easy for the owner to do themselves. Like H&H said, you do get what you pay for, and the sky's the limit. For a mini under $300, the whelen responder lin6 $299 or sound off pinnacle $225 are great options, and SnM carries both. I've seen both and I doubt you would be disappointed with either. As for the pros & cons of each, I don't really think LEDs have any cons now a days except for cost, and that's not even a valid one considering how long they last. They are very directional compared to a strobe, but most companies have solved that problem with lenses & reflectors. It all comes down to budget and preference. Good luck
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2012
  8. Too Stroked

    Too Stroked Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    Here's my personal opinions. If you go with a quality LED (you do get what you pay for), you can't beat the attention grabbing ability of LEDs. They also have incredibly low current draw for that brightness. On the negative side, prices (although coming down) are still pretty stiff. What I continue to struggle with is that LEDs generate next to no heat. (Explained by the low amp draw.) So strobes, rotators and other lights have somewhat of a "self cleaning" feature because they actually melt snow. But, seeing as none of us are out playing in the snow, that shouldn't be an issue.

    PS: I have 4 rotators to melt the snow for all of the LEDs in my bar.
     
  9. c&msnowplowing

    c&msnowplowing Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    just a quick opinion....buy from a reputable dealer. STAY AWAY FROM LED OUTFITTERS!!! I have had nothing but trouble dealing with them. Their warranty service is horrible and they do not stand behind their product.
     
  10. SharpBlades

    SharpBlades Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    LEDs are feet good as long as you don't go cheap, but I think that still, nothing beats the "pop power" of a real strobe. One of my 2500's is all Whelen led, the other is all old school strobe, and I would take the strobe any day over the led... I think they stand out better to traffic
     
  11. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,044

    I agree stay away from them, I was going to buy from them and found out they had some lawsuit and complaints against them.
     
  12. wahlturfcare

    wahlturfcare Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    on one of my trucks i have a 3 light options. It has a 48'' code 3 excalibur with front and rear amber leds, 2 middle rotators(fast), and 8 strobes on the sides front and rear of the lightbar. I also have ecco grill/side led flashers and grote grommet strobes for the rear. In the day the led is the brightest, but overall the strobes are the most attention grabbing in my opinion. I do like the leds as they barely draw any power but are not as bright.