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Opinions needed...

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by TL697, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. TL697

    TL697 Senior Member
    Messages: 189

    Everyone always gives me grief when I post pictures, and they see my puny, amber, rotating, $19.95, autozone light...

    SO, I'm thinking of getting a better setup. What do you think of the following each w/ a decent beacon, and maybe some spotlights?

    This one in black-

    http://www.truckaddons.com/Catalog/subpages/gorhino_lightningseries_sportbar.htm

    Or this setup

    http://www.truckaddons.com/Catalog/subpages/bully-cab-top-light-mount.htm

    I don't want something that I have to drill into the cab... or clamp on... or rely on magnets...

    Also, what's a cost effective, yet heavy duty beacon?
     
  2. Lowriderfd44

    Lowriderfd44 Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    that second one is pretty cool.

    You're a little limited if you don't want a magnet or permenant mount. Not too sure what else there is :confused:

    Are you looking for halogen, strobe, or LED? Mini lightbar or just a small beacon? How much are you looking to spend?
     
  3. TL697

    TL697 Senior Member
    Messages: 189

    I don't mind permanent, I just don't want to drill holes in my cab...

    That second one looked like it might be a good alternative...

    I would like LED, but cost is a concern... I'd also like a mini light bar...

    It's not just for plowing. I pull an equipment trailer and use my truck primarily for my construction and excavation company. I want to look a little more professional as well as add safety...
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2008
  4. Fiafighterdude

    Fiafighterdude Senior Member
    from ME
    Messages: 740

    1st one ................
     
  5. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    maybe look into a back rack and mount the lights and strobes on it,.back rack is cheaper then the roll bar too
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2008
  6. TL697

    TL697 Senior Member
    Messages: 189

    I have lettering and graphics on my back window...
     
  7. Lowriderfd44

    Lowriderfd44 Senior Member
    Messages: 183


    I hear ya. I'm not big on the whole drilling thing either. The magnet types are supprisingly strong, i use a magnet mini bar on my work truck cause i have to supply my own warning light, and we all don't always use the same truck. The mini bar i use is a star. I got it here before i knew of sites that were cheaper: http://www.galls.com/style.html?assort=general_catalog&style=LB435 i love it, it has great warning power for the price.

    I really like that second one, too bad it's $150. seems like it could be easy to make.

    Whelen has there new responder LED mini bar out. It costs $300. But i'd hold off a bit on that cause supposedly the flashers are crapping out on them.
     
  8. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    thats the same rotator i got lowrider, sept mine is amber
     
  9. Lowriderfd44

    Lowriderfd44 Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    Goldpro, mine is amber too. That's just the stock pic on Galls. I used to have it in blue and it really wasn't as bright. i switched the outter lense. It's a great light
     
  10. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    yeah i agree its def bright i just wanna switch to a strobe or led, i have a mini enge but the ballest is shot.
     
  11. Lowriderfd44

    Lowriderfd44 Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    i'd go with LED only cause of the little amps they draw. The only thing i don't like about them is that you can never change the color if you needed and they're so expensive.
     
  12. TL697

    TL697 Senior Member
    Messages: 189

    Maybe I'll just get something like this and just deal w/ the magnets and run the wires through my 3rd brake light...

    http://www.lshlights.us/AMAZING/ItemMatrix.asp?cartid={359CF284-2517-49AE-AAFEVERESTD-3C6503703800}&GroupCode=Guardian&MatrixType=2&selelement1=undefined&selelement2=undefined&selelement3=undefined&selelement4=undefined&selelement5=undefined

    I can always upgrade w/ a different mount...
     
  13. TL697

    TL697 Senior Member
    Messages: 189

    The LED's are out of my budget...
     
  14. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    thats a good light it will work well for you tl697
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2008
  15. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    and the other thing i dont like about leds are they are VERY directional, if your not looking right at them they arent bright
    i got these whelen strip lights and they are wicked bright if your looking right at em.
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    Last edited: Mar 17, 2008
  16. Lowriderfd44

    Lowriderfd44 Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    They're out of mine too. To me, there's no reason they should cost so much. It's just supply and demand.

    That seems like a nice little light. Check out replacement parts before you buy, just make sure that a new bulb wont cost as much as a new bar.
     
  17. Lowriderfd44

    Lowriderfd44 Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    That's the truth. take one step to the left and you loose all your warning power
     
  18. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    yea, thats the one real downfall i see from them, and with the cost of em you cant really buy a bunch of em to cover all the angles cause you'll go broke. my strip lights go for like 100+ a piece on some sites.
     
  19. Lowriderfd44

    Lowriderfd44 Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    goldpro, those strip lights are nice. Where did you get them? are they bulky? do you need a seperate flasher?
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2008
  20. Lowriderfd44

    Lowriderfd44 Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    i like the LEDs for behind the grill. i got 4 Sound of LED3s, cost me $200. They're too one directional for a lightbar i think