1. Welcome to PlowSite. Notice a fresh look and new features? It’s now easier to share photos and videos, find popular topics fast, and enjoy expanded user profiles. If you have any questions, click HELP at the top or bottom of any page, or send an email to help@plowsite.com. We welcome your feedback.

    Dismiss Notice

Pros or cons with magnetic mounts?

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by ducannn, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. ducannn

    ducannn Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Hi. I am thinking of buying the Whelen LP Responder light bar with magnetic mounts. Has anyone had any issues with the magnets in general coming off during a storm or heavy wind? I am trying to get the pros and cons of magnetic mounts. Thanks in advance....
     
  2. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 824

    which one are you refering to ?? ... the LED version or the rotator version .... ive had my lfl patriot for 6 years no problems yet on the magnets yet ... i also have rubber boots for the magnets .. so they stay in place ..
     
  3. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,992

    Are you planning on rrof mount or backrack type mount?
    I had a light bar blow off my roof a few years ago. Never had problems with them on the backracks .
     
  4. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    magnets hold well make sure if its a roof mount you use some sort of gasket/ tape under the magnet or the roof will get marked. But if its older than 4 years who cares cuz ya got a old truck!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. valpoguy

    valpoguy Member
    Messages: 49

  6. Pirsch

    Pirsch Senior Member
    Messages: 596

    Best thing to do with a magnet mount. When you put it on for the first time make sure your putting it on a clean dry roof. If you would put it on a wet or dirty roof you do risk the chance of it blowing off when you get some speed up.

    Like said earlier...put something under the magnet like electrical tape or you can get some stuff to keep them from marking your roof. (unless you don't care! it won't scratch through the clear coat though)
     
  7. flakesmeangreen

    flakesmeangreen Senior Member
    Messages: 217

    I had one similar to what valpoguy posted, on my last truck. The only times I recall it falling off was in the automatic car wash and when sagging snow covered branches "pushed" it off. That light was on the truck for about 7 years, all year round.
     
  8. murphyslaw

    murphyslaw Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    I like mag mounts for portability, and ease of service.

    I don't like them because they are not secure on the vehicle(easy to steal). I have had one come off, but it was on the roof of a 92 Jeep XJ and I was doing 102mph.

    I will buy mag mounts but create a way to secure them to the vehicle, to prevent theft.

    Normally with a cable or such.
     
  9. Fiafighterdude

    Fiafighterdude Senior Member
    from ME
    Messages: 740

    Pros
    -you can take them off when ever you want
    -Easy Mounting

    Cons
    -They like to try to fly
    -They leave rust unless you unless boots
     
  10. LawnProLandscapes

    LawnProLandscapes PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    pros- you can take it off if you wanted to, usually come with an easy to plug in cig outlet plug with no hardwiring,

    cons- can fall off, and can be stolen easier,

    my first light was a magnetic and it held alright, i just feel safer with a permanent mount and feel its more secure from theft on my vehicle than a mag mount, plus i like wires hidden and switches a lot better plus i got enough crap for my cig outlets.