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Best bang for your buck Light??

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by C & K SERVICES, Dec 3, 2015.


    C & K SERVICES Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I am in the market for a new magnet mount light. In your opinion what is the best bang for your buck, I like the Whelen Responders and have ran them in the past but I don't like the price tag and the fact that whelen thinks you should pay a premium for their product. I'm not trying to be cheap just want options.

  2. lawnboy2121

    lawnboy2121 Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    I just got a hella mlb200. It's not the cheapest but pretty impressive for a small bar

    C & K SERVICES Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I am skeptical about LED lights for one reason... Heat. nothing like having to clear snow away so that your light is visible. I have a friend that has a LED light and I think it attracts snow to it. but maybe its just his light.
  4. Too Stroked

    Too Stroked Senior Member
    Messages: 573

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but I don't think most LED bars would qualify on a "bang for the buck" basis where low price is a big consideration. My personal favorite? A good old fashioned twin halogen rotator mini bar. The most popular one around here is this one:


    How much "bang" do you get? Plenty, they're among the brightest halogen mini bars you can buy. How much do you have to spend? These can be found for around $100.00 brand new at a number of places. And having run these particular units for many, many years, I can assure you that they're pretty durable too.
  5. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    I agree. If your budget is under $200 you're probably not buying an LED, or if you are its not quality. If your budget is $200 and you want LED Strobes N More has a bunch of lights priced right around $200 that are all bright as the sun.
  6. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Check out Tri-State Public Safety (a sponsor in here) if you haven't already. A lot to choose from, as far as LED's staying covered with snow...never had a problem after clearing them off. We also used to run Whelen Guardian dual strobe light, I think they run around 200.00 now a days. Those are nice but all plastic and the lens eventually cracked at the base and then blew off one night, I still plowed with it with no lens covering it and it still works today and it's about 13 years old.
  7. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Some of their prices are high.



    Their sale price is 99 cents less than strobes N more's normal price, but I'm betting they are always on sale.
  8. MSB1766

    MSB1766 Member
    Messages: 40

  9. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,123

    I have one of these

    Very Very Bright -
    I got a larger one but not as bright - cost was the same $250. See both here with movies under the pictures. http://www.maxwellservicesllc.com/id71.html

    The movies do not show that the small one can be seen for miles. If anyone would like to buy the big one I have just had it a year $150 + shipping. I was told that it is brighter than the one I have - Not. Some do not like them so bright as it bounces off everything and can get annoying. It has spent most of this time stuck to my refrigerator as I use the other one.
  10. ggb6259

    ggb6259 Senior Member
    from SW MI
    Messages: 214

    Axxitech MB... thing is awesome
  11. Maleko

    Maleko Senior Member
    from Ct
    Messages: 781

    Whelen first choice.
    Feniex second choice ...

    You get what you pay for.
    There's a reason 90% of first responders run Whelen .
    Bright, reliable and long lasting.

    Same ole saying. Buy once , cry once
    No need to support overseas China , Taiwan crap....
  12. ultimate plow

    ultimate plow PlowSite.com Addict
    from N. IL
    Messages: 1,770

    I agree. But federal signal and code 3 are top sellers too. Whelen makes the best of everything lately. These new whelen nano pioneer spot lights I received are sick! Whelen is expensive because every piece of every light is made in house with MFG IN USA all over their products, packaging, advertising. 200 for a led bar isn't bad. Plenty of used whelen mini ambers online otherwise go with a new 100 halogen rotator bar. Otherwise I have a whelen rotating beacon for sale if you want the best of both worlds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRdKh690t6o
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2015
  13. BRL1

    BRL1 Senior Member
    from Wyoming
    Messages: 666

    I have the strobes n more mini bars on both my plow trucks. I like them. They are good priced and very bright. Does what it needs to do. To me there isn't much difference in a high end loght bar unless its a lot bigger
  14. Boomer123

    Boomer123 Senior Member
    Messages: 371

    This is the light I have
    Best one I have ever had.
  15. Grant11

    Grant11 Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    A big outfit in my area runs all Speed Tech Lights K-Force II Mini led bars and they turned me on to them. I like them and they've weathered nicely so far being permanently mounted on top my truck for the past year.
    ---Not saying theyre USA made or as good as some of the other options listed but for $170-ish I think its a very solid unit.
  16. CoastalEVS

    CoastalEVS Sponsor
    from NJ
    Messages: 54

    The Feniex Cobra Mini-X is a great light, purchase it on our site using our coupon and you get a pretty good deal.
  17. info4tim

    info4tim Senior Member
    Messages: 235

    Way too much current draw compared to leds. Battery concerns, moving parts, etc just not worth it.
  18. info4tim

    info4tim Senior Member
    Messages: 235

    Check out Sho-Me.com for led bars. Very bright n Made in USA...all cust support speak fluent American!
  19. hbrady

    hbrady Senior Member
    Messages: 287