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fire fighters/snow plowers!

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by born2farm, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    what is everyone running for plowing when they also have to run strobes for the fire department. i am trying to gather some ideas. i know i will be going with a 90w 6 strobe kit but i want to also put a light bar on it, need red and amber up high...any suggestions?
  2. Pirsch

    Pirsch Senior Member
    Messages: 596

    Strobe kit... in your corners no biggie... What kind of lighting on top you got for the FD? I can give you some suggestions on what you can play with for a single bar. NFPA says no Amber to the front. Amber if fine for the back.

    What kind of vehicle you using etc.. We'll need more info for the really good ideas to flow.
  3. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    i have a 2006 ford f250...has a back rack so that opens up some lighting options. i really like the 6 head whelen edge running all red. then if i have the corner strobes ill be set. just need something amber up high
  4. lawnproslawncar

    lawnproslawncar Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    If you use a full size lightbar you could alternate LED colors and have on switch for reds and one for ambers. Then you would have alley and takedowns for "plowing" haha. I doubt you want to spend $1000 plus though.
  5. acornish

    acornish Senior Member
    Messages: 184

    i use a small magnet strobe for plow(amber) and only have a dash light (blue at the moment---- am planing on mini blue ligt bar for center and put two small strobes on sides on a custom rack system
  6. Too Stroked

    Too Stroked Senior Member
    Messages: 573

    Another option is to run a dual level bar. That way you can run plowing colors on one level and volunteer fire fighter colors on the other.

    Around here, we can run blue lights only as volunteers. We can only run amber while plowing. One cannot legally run both colors at the same time as private citizens. Law enforcement is running red and white facing forward, and red, amber and blue facing rearward.
  7. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    Ok thank you guys i got some ideas. I need to look into our laws as far white lights for snow plowing....We are allowed to run red and white for the fire department.
  8. Full size phantom bar in the front window, hideaways all around, red grill lights, and for plowing a small quad stick in the rear and light bar on top while running the strobes and maybe tr3's or something on the running boards in amber and white
  9. Tracy89

    Tracy89 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 167

    just run a split bar. when and if you buy a light bar u can choose what color strobes you have. becareful though. I no with the whelen 9m bars the only thing that changes the light color is a lense and sometimes if you look at the bar the wrong way u may have ambers on but the flash will go through the red/blue lense and look like your running your emergency lights. Got stopped one night plowing by a county sheriff who thought i was running a red light instead of an amber one....
  10. Too Stroked

    Too Stroked Senior Member
    Messages: 573

    That's one nice thing about rotators and strobes that you can't get with LEDs. I can easily change out my filters to change the color of a given element.
  11. Tracy89

    Tracy89 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 167

    u r correct.
  12. firedawg

    firedawg Member
    from S.E. CT
    Messages: 38

    is in my rear veiw (blue)

    the 36 is in my front grill (blue)

    face left and right on my back rack (blue)

    on top of back rack (amber)

    we here in CT we run blue as vounteers until the top five officers (if dept. allow) then they can run red and white, chief runs what ever he wants. We are a osha state so NFPA are guidelines, and the state dot regulate lights, all cops ive talk to to want to bother with amber as long as its used the right way and not for everyday travel, i have been stopped buy the state police to help protect them with my light until the local dept. shows up. i dont know about other states and counties but as long as ur not abusing the lights they dont care!
  13. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Subscribed :nod:
  14. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    Ok...here is what im thinking 6 of these
    (4 in the front grill and then one on each side of my back rack facing the side.

    a whelen 90W strobe pack (headlights and tail lights)

    Then my code 3 420 on top still....

    I am looking for something about the size of a strip light you run on the rear of a trailer (12") or so to mount vertical on the center posts of my back rack....any ideas?

    How does this sound
  15. lawnproslawncar

    lawnproslawncar Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    www.lshlights.net sells leds by the inch. They look cheap but they are thin and you can have any length you want. Just don't use the mounts or stud they give you...that is the "fail" point of them. I would jb weld them to a bracket or something. I think they still sell them and they are very resonable.
  16. RMHSR

    RMHSR Member
    Messages: 49

    On my 04 Silverado I have a Whelen 9000 edge. I have red lenses and amber lenses. Since I run amber alot more than red I have the amber on the outside edge. The inner lenses are red. I also have corner strobes that can be used either way and a red/white led dash light. On my 02 Suburban I have a red led dash light. Red led hideaways in the rear windows, and corner strobes. During plow season I have an amber magnet LED for the roof. I don't run red on the roof on this one. The corner strobes are clear front and red rear. When I am driving I turn all of the lights off. Some keep them on even when not plowing but I always turn mine off, especially the corner strobes. I usually don't run the corners. Only when people are really being dumb. Sometimes just need a little assistance. I would hit the siren but I know that would just make their brains shut down even more.
  17. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Couldn't you use a dash light for fires?
  18. acornish

    acornish Senior Member
    Messages: 184

    yes you could use a dash light for fires , but 90% of the people here dont see it during the day time , especially on a high truck,
  19. weeman97

    weeman97 Senior Member
    Messages: 376

    i run whelen 6-90W strobes(marker lights, reverse lights, cargo lights) and 48 voltex LED bar on my backrack. i used my 4 head whelen dominator(blue/white/blue/white)under rearview mirror for FD use. but in a FD response i use the 6-strobes, whelen dominator. in conjuction with my lightbar use the flashing alley/takedowns/traffic stick. works perfect
  20. MikeRi24

    MikeRi24 Senior Member
    Messages: 563

    In NY volunteers run blue. Actually my department doesnt even really condone the use of blue lights but that doesn't stop some people from going with the "don't ask don't tell" policy......so "if I were to have blue lights" *wink*wink* I would have my current setup for ambers which is the mini LED bar on the back rack and then 6 LED grill lights, and then for blue I would have a LED mini-phantom above my rearview mirror, 2 blue LEDs in the grill and 90W Whelen hide-away kit (white) in the headlights and tail lights. A person that I may or may not know *wink*wink* had this setup in their old truck and it used to clear traffic quite nicely. :)

    basically what I'd do is have your regular plowing lights and make your fire lights stealth. get one of those full-width visor bars all red and white, maybe a couple grill lights and a couple small rear-facing lights and you could cross-use your headlight/tail light strobes for both.