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Tail Light Strobes

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by skferreri, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. skferreri

    skferreri Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    Im looking for a set of really bright tail light strobes for my ford pickup.I dont know to much about the different kinds of strobes out there.Any help would be great.
  2. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Whelen. Easy to install and repair also very reliable! If you want brghtness then get LEDs! Which is about 75$ per strobe, (includes 15' cable and led) you'll want 4 cuz it looks better than two. You'll need a rocker switch and a on/off button switch. For you're mode button, plus some 14 gauge wire to wire it all up.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2010
  3. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    Your standard 60 watt supply runs 10 watts per bulb.
    90 watters run 15 watts each..
    Then you step up to what the big boys like me run....22.5 watts...

    I'm happy to anwser any questions you may have...
  4. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    Gotta disagree here....there is no led on the planet that is as bright as a strobe....its apples to oarnges as they are
    Two completly different pmroducts.....but hands down strobes are brighter
    Also...u wire LED with 18 or 20g as they draw no amps...14 is overkill
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2010
  5. outdoor1

    outdoor1 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Have used STL in all my fleet trucks never ever a problem and for the money is awesome.(stl---speed tech lights))))))))))):0
  6. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    I'm going to have to disageree with you also; LED's are brighter than tubes.
  7. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,316


    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    That pic is awesome!
  9. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,316

    Thank you, I had a classic post deleted today it said Im with stupid with an up arrow. That made me :(
  10. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    what LED HAW is brighter than a strobe?...and how are you comparing these?...
    Are you saying that a white vertex is brighter than a 22.5watt strobe?!?!
  11. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    i'm pretty disappointed with the brightness of my Vertex's....but i do like not having to have a power supply for them
  12. kurtandshan

    kurtandshan Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    As a Law Enforcement officer(and plow operator on the side) there is NO DOUBT leds are the brightest lighting product "pound for pound" out there. Bright with little amp draw LEDs are the best option...except for one thing: Price. A wives-tale says a problem is they don't generate enough heat to melt snow and thus become obscured. Some loggers here(I've heard) switch to standard lights in the winter for their pups because of snow build up. I have seen this first hand and stopped several rigs to get them to clean off their taillights only to find LEDs in their taillights. I am currently researching/shopping LED options for my rig. But price has been a problem. Several manufacturers make complete four light kits with controller/switch , check Gall's(galls.com). Until the snow flies, keep dreaming of pennies from heaven.
  13. firelwn82

    firelwn82 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,861

    Keeping the tail lights clean is always a pain in the ass. Strobes do heat up the lens and keep snow from stinking. BONUS but they draw so much power and are taxing if there on for a long time while plowing. This year I will be switching to led's. I'm ditching strobe all together. Im putting Leds on my salt spreader for the rear and roof mounted via magnet on the top. Rear lighting is GOLD for a plow truck because of the constant backing into traffic. Many of close calls over the years even with strobes... Just my 2 cents
  14. bterry

    bterry Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    I really like my Whelen LED vertex's. It was a bit more money ($75 per corner), but probably not all much more than good strobes with the controller. Nice things are:
    1. Really bright
    2. Easy install
    3. No controller needed
    4. Outlast strobes
    5. They draw way less power

    I am a bit disapointed in the brightness of the rear ones while the reverse lights are on - somehow the light overpowers them or something.?. They are plenty bright at night with the reverse lights off.
  15. kurtandshan

    kurtandshan Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    What type of switch do you use? I looked at their website and I couldn't find a switch. Does it have multiple flash patterns once you wire them all together?
  16. EGLC

    EGLC PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,731

    thats such a load of BS. All the cop cars here are now upfitted with LED tubes and they SUCK
  17. bterry

    bterry Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    I used one of the four factory upfitter switches in the dash of the '08 superduty. You can use any 12v switch as they are low amperage. The lights have a separate white wire that you provide 12v to and cycle through all of the patterns. There are many syncronized and non-synced patterns to choose from. Once you pick one - it stays there.
  18. chriso3wj

    chriso3wj Member
    Messages: 31

  19. bterry

    bterry Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    I'm selling my Ford Superduty 99-07 (will fit 08 - current) taillights with a hole for strobes or vertex leds if anyone is interested. $30 for the pair - shipped to anywhere in the 48. If you want the new vertex leds in them - add $150.
  20. John911

    John911 Member
    Messages: 31

    LED's last 50X longer than strobe ... way better deal over time. Better performance and purer color versus strobe.

    If you have seen a LEO with bad LEDs, it's either off-brand product or bad install.