Do strobes mess you up?

GeoffD

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I had one of my guys complain to me today about the warning light set up on his truck.

He Said that the stobe was casting light down into the cab and it was driving him nuts last winter. Do any of you guys also have problems with stobes? Right now everything I have uses strobes for a warning light, only because strobes use much less voltage.

Geoff

The Light is mounted on a 97 F 350 regular cab pick up, and is a whelen advant edge, 2 strobes in a mini light bar about the size of a mini edge.
 

plowking35

2000 Club Member
Location
SE CT
That is why on my truck the top strobe can be turned off, and I can still run the rear strobes. I notice that in a lighted area, its not to bad, but in dark areas, the top strobe really messes with you. More so when plowing long hours.
In fact on my 89, the driver prefers the rotator over the strobe.
Dino
 
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GeoffD

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We used to use all rotators however with the strobes requiring much less voltage. We started going to those.

I have only had one guy complain so far. I will come up with something to solve the problem, just would perfer to leave the light on.

Geoff
 

Alan

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I can't say that it bothers me, but I do know that the strobe reflecting off falling snow is noticeable. Rotators aren't as bad as the light builds to a peak and subsides gradually as the beam turns, but they use so much more current.
 

cat320

2000 Club Member
Location
stoneham,ma
I got a Whelen 9308 light bar with 8 strobes.Can't say that it really bothers me and I have all 8 on at once .I dow kknow that it can be hipnotic when it reflects off the snow almost like a timming light.I know alot of guys that don't like the way the stobes are but like geoff says they draw next to nothing in amperage and give alot of warning power.
 

plowking35

2000 Club Member
Location
SE CT
The biggest complaint I have with any light is mounting location. I have seen them on the front leading edge of the cab shields, and when operating reflect off the door mirrors right into your eyes.
For me hideaways mounted lower in the stock light assemblies give enough warning, but keep the light out of the drivers vision.
Dino
 

SlimJim Z71

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Location
Cary, IL
I don't have any experience with strobes, but I have a highlighter light bar on my truck and it draws less than 10-amps. Not too bad... maybe consider one of them. Just for curiositys sake, how much juice does an average strobe draw?

Tim
 
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GeoffD

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Slim,

I would have to dig out the specs to find out, how much it draws.

However I believe that your bar may draw a little more then 10 amps.

Figure in 2 electric motors, and 2 lights. I would not be suprised if it was 15-20 amps. However I don't have the specs on it.

With the bar allready mounted to the roof, it isn't comming off. The truck is used mostly for driveways, so I will tell the guy use it comming in and out of a drive.

Or a hideway system may be in order.

Geoff
 

CT18fireman

Banned
Location
Western CT
I run the hide-a-ways but I also use a top strobe (two on the dumps) I just feel it is better to have the high 360 lighting. I like the hide-a-ways in the corners cause they will be seen coming out of driveways. My lights are all on seperate illuminated switches. Usually turn the top strobe off in driveways especially late at night when it would flash right into windows of house. When working in parking lots, especially during business hours, everything is on.
 

plowjockey

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Location
Dayton, Ohio USA
It is also posible to block part of the beam with a small piece of electrical tape. Not mind you blocking a direction that warns the public but just, say, on the bottom where it shines into the cab. This would only be practical is the strobe is mounted on the side of the truck and would not apply to one mounted on the top.

Bruce
 

SlimJim Z71

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Location
Cary, IL
Geoff,

I'm pretty sure my bar only draws about 8-amps... as I have a 10-amp fuse on it and it hasn't blown it yet. Just something to consider.

Tim
 
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GeoffD

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Slim,

Like I said, I am not sure, I could be wrong. I just think that the load of the electric motors adds a lot.

A quick was to guess the amount of amps is this.

8G wire 45 Amps
10G 35 Amps (I Think)
12G 25 Amps
14G 15 Amps
16 10 Amps

This is the maximum number of amps a wire can handle.

Geoff
 
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Michael F

Senior Member
Location
Rochester, NY
Tim & Geoff,
I run the same highlighter bars, 2 lights/rotators. Specs say 8.6 amps. I havent had any problems as far as power goes(run 3) on different trucks/ Bobcat.

Mike
 

CT18fireman

Banned
Location
Western CT
The new motors on rotator draw a lot less amps. We recently replaced a bar on a firetruck specifically for this reason. Another way to get more flashes out of a rotator is to add a mirrior or two.. You can get some really great effects from doing this.
 

AtlasFBG2

Member
Location
Ohio
I got the Highlighter bar also and i dont think it draws much.The hookup has a 10 amp fuse.The light ran nonstop for about 4 1/2 hours and never blew the fuse.
 
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nsmilligan

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Location
Nova Scotia
I.ve run a Whelen Model 80 strobe bar, since about 1980, I,m finally going to retire it because I can't find any replacement lens anymore. I had to have the power pak repaired twice and replaced each of the strobe tubes once, and it's been on 8 trucks in that time. Not many rotators last more then a few years without a lot of repairs. And Geoff unless you're running a 6 volt set up all lights generally use the same voltage,12 volts, strobe and rotator, just the amp draw is much less on the strobe, that's why I bought it in the frist place, I always liked electric-hydro plows because they were faster, and didn't want anymore draw on the electric system, especially in the days of 40 amp altenators and single batteries.
The only time the strobes seemed to bug me was the year I decided to run 1 clear lens, I did notice it more in snow.

Bill
 

slplow

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Location
FRAMINGHAM, MA
I run strobes on my trucks and they do not bother me at all.My worker told me nothing bothered him more than rotators. I used a friends truck with hide a way's in the front and that gave me a head ache from them bouncing off the plow.
 
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