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Economical lighting

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by tthomass, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. tthomass

    tthomass Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I'm not interested in how much I can look like a Christmas Tree or bragging rights to other trucks that I have more and more expensive lights.

    I've got (2) GMC 6500's and a 4500 to equip. I'm looking for function and something that isn't going to be dead after a storm. I'm torn between rotators, strobes and LED's.

    What are a couple of the best bang for the buck lights available that are recommended? Thanks for your help.
  2. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,537

    ultimately, bang for the buck would prolly be the voltex bars on ebay. made in china, but we have 2 of them and they work great and are definitely bright. i paid $180 for my 27" bar and $250 for a 37" bar. now the 37" has an issue with one of the led modules partially lighting. there are a few other guys on here that run them, though ive noticed they increased their prices.

    i just ordered two soundoff pinnacles from lonestar for 480 shipped. these are a name brand bar and have excellent reviews. these two will be mounted on a backrack on our 06 350.

    if i were you id definitely go with led, they are more shock resistant, less draw and are supposed to last a long time.

    here is a vid of the 37" bar on our silverado, and a pic of the controller for it. the center 2 modules are white takedowns and sides are white alleys.

  3. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

  4. massfirefighter

    massfirefighter Senior Member
    from mass.
    Messages: 128

  5. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    Check ebay for a whelen mini edge. You can easily pick one up for under $200.
  6. BoyneCityGuy

    BoyneCityGuy Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    Hey Protouch,
    Which Cobra CB model is that you have mounted in your picture? looks nice and compact to fit in that hole. i am looking for a nice compact one to replace my current radio.

    sorry OP, a little off topic, but my .02 on your situation would be that LED is really nice, but on a big truck with lots of electrical capacity, a rotator does a great job of getting attention, and they have a lot of pop for the money. the whelen listed by one of the other guys here from sirenet is a great unit.
  7. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,537

    i think its the ltd25 classic. theres more to it behind the panel, just that all the knobs and screens ended up fitting through the opening. there used to be a cassette player there.

    just got a new cobra ltd29 that i need to install in our 06 f350

    i was told that cobra makes a unit where all the controls are in the mic, and you just mount the unit with speaker up under your dash.
  8. jb1390

    jb1390 Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    whelen guardian rotator is what I have. Very bright, and cheap. Also it's just a halogen bulb if something burns out. It's what Alaska Boss runs too, that's what made me go and get one.
  9. BoyneCityGuy

    BoyneCityGuy Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    I just heard abouut that unit as well, and think i might give it a try...i really want the cobra 29lt bt wx nw, but its just too big i think
  10. gtstang462002

    gtstang462002 Senior Member
    Messages: 182

    Stick with the 29ltd classic. Weather is nice, but the bt is kind of a joke. QC went downhill when they started using microprocessors on their board in place of transistors and resistors IMO.