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Lumastrobe vehicle light cord too short!

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by xjjeepman, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. xjjeepman

    xjjeepman Junior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 7

    Hey all, new here. Been on the Lawnsite for years though. Anyone have any experience with this light (Cyclone Emergency LED Vehicle Lightbar MBLX-240-MC)? I just purchased it from here; http://lumastrobe.com/product/emergency-led-vehicle-lightbar-11-flash-patterns-maintenance-free/

    And found that the cord which is only 6.5 ft long barely reaches my 12v port in my truck. I have a sunroof so i have to set it further back.

    Anybody have the same issues? Are there extensions that can be purchased or do i need to fab my own?? I just understand why they would make the cords so short. The ones on eBay seems to be around the same length as well. It seems like a great light except for this shortcoming.. TIA

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    Last edited: Nov 14, 2014
  2. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591

    It's pretty much known that with all these lights, regardless of maker, an extension is needed.
     
  3. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 733

    I had an extension cord at one time; can't remember where I got it though. Try Radio Shack.

    http://www.radioshack.com/enercell-10-ft-12vdc-extension-cord-with-on-off-switch/2700047.html
     
  4. xjjeepman

    xjjeepman Junior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 7

  5. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,924

    Just add wire to it, proper heat shrink connectors
     
  6. remac

    remac Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    the lumastrobe specs say 0.3A current draw, not too bad
    mine draws enough to heat up the plug so it gets hot
    also want to be careful how you run cord so it doesn't get pinched
    that will become a weak spot that can break or overheat too
     
  7. xjjeepman

    xjjeepman Junior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 7

    i thought about that dieselss, i might still go that route depending on how this works out.

    good points remac, im trying to figure out the best route to run this. Where is everyone running these wires? Seems like either way i go i chance a leak whether its through a window or the 3rd brake light...
     
  8. remac

    remac Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Mine is an older unit, draws 5A for incandescent bulb and motor.
    I mag mine to the roof and run the cord through the passenger door frame.
    I keep the outside cord short so it doesn't go far if it comes off.

    I don't get any leaks inside, air or water, but it does pinch the cord.
    It has a heavy gauge cord and I haven't had any problems with the cord yet.

    Only problem was the plug did not have enough strain relief
    and the wires broke off at the connector, clean it up re-solder, good to go.
     
  9. xjjeepman

    xjjeepman Junior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 7

    Ok, ill try through the door good point. Mine has a magnetic base as well.
     
  10. remac

    remac Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I plow solo so hardly ever open passenger door
    except when I first start out and when I wrap up.
    Otherwise I would probably use one of the feed throughs
    that are on the backside of the cab, and wire it to a switch.

    Older units take 5A which is too much current to wire to an existing light.
    Yours is only 0.3A so you might be able to hook to existing wiring
    or maybe to an external light.

    Whole other issue is local laws on running with or without flashing light.
    Some areas require it whenever you have a plow blade on vehicle
    others prohibit flashing lights unless you are actually moving snow...
    All depends on the cop you see and what their attitude is that day.
     
  11. xjjeepman

    xjjeepman Junior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 7

    Ok, yeah i will only be plowing my driveway and maybe a neighbors occasionally. My driveway is about 700ft and just want to make sure others can see me when i come out to the end of it. Not worried about cops around here, I'm in the middle of no where and my brother in law is a State Trooper :)
     
  12. JSutter101

    JSutter101 Member
    Messages: 77

    I bought an extension outlet but quickly realized my rotator draws way too much amperage for that extension.
    Instead I wired up a spare accessory outlet near the rear door. I put a switch on the dash so I can turn it on and off easily. It's win win as my truck did not have a rear mounted accessory outlet.

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  13. xjjeepman

    xjjeepman Junior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 7

    Thats a great setup! How did you wire it up?? Where did you get the outlet from?
     
  14. remac

    remac Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I 2nd that...very nice job...very pro looking.
     
  15. JSutter101

    JSutter101 Member
    Messages: 77

    It's wired off the battery, but you could use a switched source as well. Inline fuse and wiring will be based on your needs, I think I used a 20 amp fuse and 12 gauge wire. That's overkill for the light but I run other things off the same circuit. Now that I think of it I probably wired in a relay so the switch does not get over loaded.

    85 ground through the switch 86 and 87 fused power 30 outlet

    I ran the wires under the door scuff plates and carpet. The outlet is just a generic one from the parts store. I have another outlet in the bed as well.
     
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2014