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strobes on trucks

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by RhinoL&L, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. RhinoL&L

    RhinoL&L Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    I am looking to put some strobes in the corners of my headlights and in my tail lights. what kinds do you guys use and what ones have been good. how much do you guys pay for a set and are the easy to install. i was thinkin of a whelen 90 w with 4 lights. sorry for all the questions. thanks
    shawn
     
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    That's my kit of choice as well.....just follow the directions and wiring diagrams and if you have a decent sense of how to wire things, then you should be fine.
     
  3. RhinoL&L

    RhinoL&L Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    what is the best spot for strobes? headlights and tail lights or corner/ turnsignal and reverse lights? i have heard its illegal to have them in brake lights
     
  4. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,715

    It depends on your state's law. I have clear strobes in the front turn signal lamps and rear tailights.
     
  5. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,600

    I use the Nova brand of strobes with hide-away yellow tubes in the front and external wide angle strobes in the back.

    I would guess no state allows for flashing red - so, brake lights would be wrong. I've seen them in back up lights but, most do not put them in right or their using low wattage and you can hardly see them,
     
  6. RhinoL&L

    RhinoL&L Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    where have you guys bought your strobes from. I am looking for a whelen 4 strobe 90 w system.
    thanks shawn
     
  7. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,600



    This outfit beat everyone's price. They have been around a long time and service most municipalities. Your best bet is to email him - the website was kind of weak.

    Brian S. Fucilla
    Fleet Safety Supply
    P.O. Box 649
    Naperville, IL 60566
    (630) 527-1341
    (630) 527-1342 Fax
    bfucilla@aol.com
    www.fleetsafetysupply.com

    The next best spot that I have purchased from and has good priceses and services is Louis at www.strobesnmore.com
     
  8. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,715

  9. RBRONKEMA GHTFD

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    Hi When I bought mine for my old truck I went to sirennet.com and built a kit and saved about 75 bucks. I had a 02 silverado and I got 2 25 ft. cables for the rear taillights and the 15 ft. for the fronts. What kind of truck are you putting them in? In my silverado I put them in the corners of the headlights. Where they come around to the fender. Awesome light output and awesome coner warning power and also front.

    Ryan
     
  10. RhinoL&L

    RhinoL&L Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    I will be putting them in an 03 f250 ext cab short bed. do you guys think i will need longer cables?
    thanks
     
  11. bltp203

    bltp203 Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    Check out

    www.galls.com

    While strobes are great, they take up a lot of power. I see more and more people switching to LED's, they only use about 1/10 th the power and are just as bright.
     
  12. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,600

    I put the new lights on my new k2500 long bed crew cab. The key is where are you going to mount the strobe head module. In my case the new chevy's do not have any room under the dash and you can not mount the new units where they may get wet or dirty. So, I had to put the unit under the flip up rear seat. It's tucked in nice, out of the way. So, for the strobes in back the 15' cables worked fine. The front strobes needed more length - 18 and 23' foot. It's easy to buy longer then cut them to size. If you cut them use solder, liquid tape and seal them well! in fact make sure you use silicon around all the connectors - if any water gets near the lines or connectors they easily cause the strobe head to shut down, it's a safety feature.
     
  13. RhinoL&L

    RhinoL&L Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    should i put silicon around the bulb too where it goes into the tail light and coner turn. Also where did you guys run your wires on your trucks and how did you attatch the wire.

    thanks
     
  14. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,600

    Most heads have gaskets - however, I did spread silicon around the entire external gasket and where the wires go into the flash tube ( make sure NOT to touch the flash tube - this is all external ) after I mounted it with the two retaining screws. As for wires .... it depends on your truck and where your mounting the control head. I use the black wire lum around all of my wires and zip ties to keep anything from moving around.
     
  15. RhinoL&L

    RhinoL&L Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    Where should i attatch the wires to the truck? should i just zip tie them to the frame what have you guys done thanks for the help

    shawn
     
  16. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    Hi Shawn
    I like to use wire loom, and then band tie them to the frame. Its nice and neat and will also help proctect the cable.

    Regards Mike