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Strobes are also acting weird sometimes

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by 20Silverado05, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. 20Silverado05

    20Silverado05 Senior Member
    Messages: 465

    I have a 6 head 90watt kit . i went out last storm and once i finished my first couple of driveways they just stopped working. But my switch panel power lights up and the pattern button blinks as if the strobes are working but they are not. Later that night i turned them on and they worked perfectly fine, this has been happening lately, any ideas guys?
     
  2. kitn1mcc

    kitn1mcc Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    what kind of connectors on the strobes
     
  3. 20Silverado05

    20Silverado05 Senior Member
    Messages: 465

  4. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Their getting wet. The connectors are getting moisture in/on them. Not a lot, but enough to cause them to act up.

    Strobe tubes are the most temperamental piece of electronic equipment I have EVER dealt with. Mine use to do the exact same thing until I caked on the silicone!!!!!!
     
  5. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    This is exactly why I refuse to install the standard amp connectors. It is worth the extra 12$ I pay for each of my kits to have sealed MetriPack connections.
     
  6. JeffNY

    JeffNY Senior Member
    Messages: 484


    ^^^^ exactly what he said.
     
  7. jrjr2u

    jrjr2u Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    Silicone? Have you tried Dielectric grease?
     
  8. JeffNY

    JeffNY Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    I coat the inside of my plugs with dielectric grease, then coat the outside with silicone
     
  9. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    Why not just use weatherproof connectors?
     
  10. JeffNY

    JeffNY Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    weatherproof and heat shrinked. still had problems.
     
  11. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    What connectors were you using?
     
  12. JeffNY

    JeffNY Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    Those light blue ones, then the ones with the heat shrink attached to them
     
  13. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    You mean you cut the amp connectors off and hardwired the tubes? Unless you are using a dual-wall heashrink, you aren't weatherproofing. Regular heatshrink just surrounds, it doesn't seal.

    Anyways, I'm not talking about a butt connector. when you order strobe tubes, they are available with a weathertight connector. Several companies produce them. The ones that I use are made by Delphi.

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  14. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    X2...exactly what I do........
     
  15. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Those are the excact connectors I've been tring to find and every time I go into the auto parts store they don't carry anything like that and tell me it's a dealer only item.

    Where can I get some of those you have???????
     
  16. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    Well, there are many different parts that look similiar. Do you have a specific application? I keep the Metripack 150 sealed and 280 sealed in stock.
     
  17. kitn1mcc

    kitn1mcc Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    usally i will just order them with deutch connectors

    or if i do use the amp. i fill them up all the way with grease then stick them together, and wrapp them with 3m super 88
     
  18. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    how do you know its not a burnt out bulb
     
  19. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    He said they were all working later on. If a tube was blown, it wouldn't start working again.