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heat from strobe and led bars.

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by bowtie_guy, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. bowtie_guy

    bowtie_guy Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    I'm still running a rotating mini light bar, during a snow storm the lens stays visible with no snow cover. I'm just wondering if a led or strobe bar will produce enough heat to stay clear as well??

    Thinking about upgrading, don't plow with anyone running a led bar.

  2. Gear_Head

    Gear_Head Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 245

    our LED bars need brushed off from time to time.
  3. cfdeng7

    cfdeng7 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 376

    ya leds dont really produce any heat so they wont clear themselves but strobes somewhat do
  4. KL&M Snow Div.

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

    Put some sort of "grease" on the bar. Maybe give it a light coat of Fluid Film? Just a thought.
  5. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    My strobes usually would remain clear (Whelen Edge), but the LED grille and deck lights will freeze over.
  6. KL&M Snow Div.

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

    Wouldn't having just a layer of ice on the light make them brighter anyways?
  7. ultimate plow

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

    What makes you say that??

    Anyway, Leds and strobes arnt going to melt any snow off. Just keep a brush in the back of the truck if you do change. LEDs are the way to go with a snowplow. You needs all the amps you can get.
  8. kitn1mcc

    kitn1mcc Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    if you have take downs they will melt the snow

    i would not put grease or Fluid film on the lenses it will destory them
  9. plowman4life

    plowman4life Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    halogens will melt snow very fast as the constant heat releases the snow/ice from the lenses.

    strobes will do it also. it takes longer because it is not constant heat but they produce a lot more heat then halogens.

    LEDs produce heat but it take a much longer ammount of time due to the fact they dont draw a lot of power.

    but any light output will melt ice/ snow b/c light is energy and energy creates heat. the more output energy the more heat.

    so anything will melt the ice some just take longer than others.
  10. KL&M Snow Div.

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

    I know if I have ice on my back window it seems to brighten my L.E.D.s. I may just be seeing things, I bet its the distortion that the ice gives the light.
  11. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Never had any snow build up on my Whelen Edge bar during a storm. My 06 is done up with all LED's however i would rather do that and maybe have to clean them off a couple times than do strobes again. Sure they are a little more expensive but they last longer, are VERY bright, and draw a heck of a lot less current than a strobe! I'm not downing strobes as they do work great, just my preference is LED's.