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Which Mini Light Bar?

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by raceyz125, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. raceyz125

    raceyz125 Junior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 24

    I am not sure what mini light bar I should get:
    Sho-Me 18" bar with Mini LED 's
    OR
    Wheelen Responder LP with Con3's
    OR the newest option.....
    SpeedTech STL Raptor with Gen 3 LED's

    Not sure which one. All around the same price Looking for thoughts on each, good or bad.
    Thanks for the input.
    Kipp
     
  2. towpro570

    towpro570 Senior Member
    Messages: 241

    whelen by far the best i got a mini edge with alley and take down lights and 4 strobe tubes ussmileyflag
     
  3. KL&M Snow Div.

    KL&M Snow Div. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,616

    Personally I would go with the GEN3. My new light has those in it, it should be installed probably next week.
     
  4. bosman

    bosman Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    I love my sho me.
     
  5. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    The Whelen bar has gen 3s as well. I dont like the con3s much though. There is another version of the responder thats about $50 more I think, Thats the one to get.

    Also, id be willing to bet the sho me had gen 3s as well. Its pretty much the standard in LED warning lights.
     
  6. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,031

    Whatever your choice, you NEED this.....:nod:


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    Which I just happen to be selling! Brand new & in the box. :D
     
  7. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    Lmao..........................
     
  8. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,031

    I couldn't resist....
     
  9. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    Go with the linear leds and go whelen.. Sho me and the others are just copy cats and use older led technology and that's usually why they cost less.

    This is the bay you want its like there linear light heads.
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  10. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    Yeah thats the one. Aad you can get the clear housing for it too and it looks real good.
     
  11. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    Yea i was going to run a clear lens and pop in some of my blue linear 6 leds. Couldn't be bothered thou. you need to seal that lens as moisture gets in and fogs it up. I put a bead of silicone all the way around it and at the screw hole.
     
  12. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    I'm thinking of these for on of my other rigs. again you can switch these leds out as they are just corner leds from a liberty bar I think. I collect whelen led products. LOL

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  13. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

  14. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    Those look like whelen's con 3's but with a diffuser of some sort. Only other co that makes good stuff is Federal signal.
     
  15. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    I'm curious Grassman09, what warning lights do you run now? What does a product do to make your "good stuff" list?
     
  16. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    Whelen Liberty 4' and 1'
    Tir 3
    Whelen linear Led 500 series
    Whelen 400 series
    whelen responder linear
    Used to have some par 32's on a trailer.

    Hella Hid as200 HID work lights and HId driveing lamps..

    You have to admit that sho me and a bunch of the other no names just copy whelen and federal signal? Look how similar some of there stuff is but its just not as bright does not pack much punch in terms of light output especially during the day. Sorry if you sell the off brand stuff and hate me because i bad mouth them.
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2009
  17. raceyz125

    raceyz125 Junior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 24

    So many choices. What to do, what to do???:dizzy: Kind of like the soundoff bar. Sirennet.com, has it, good price also...:confused:
    Kipp
     
  18. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    Well first of all I sell Whelen, Code3, Federal, SVP and SoundOff, among many others. Not only do I sell these brands, I install them as well. So I know a lot of the products' capabilities and shortfalls firsthand. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and I was not faulting your opinion. I was simply inquiring as to what products you had experience with. As far as hating you, I don't even know you, so that statement was pretty ignorant.

    Back on topic, what works for one application doesn't necessarily work in another. If you are looking for a high output mini-bar and cost is not a factor, then buy a Whelen Mini-Liberty. If you are looking for a lower cost light with an all around great light output than try the SoundOff Mini-Pinacle. I'll bet you won't be disappointed. As I stated, I'll offer a satisfaction gaurantee.
     
  19. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,551

    Obviously Dave, you're referring to the older gen1 led bars, which they still sell for some reason. I agree, they suck. But you wouldn't make this statement had you seen the luminator in action...

    Well said. :nod:
     
  20. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    This one Wiz? Looks like Con'3

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    What about the justice bar I was going to get a mini one and I was told the responder is better.