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hideaway watts

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by fisher42, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. fisher42

    fisher42 Banned
    Messages: 55

    i am looking at a 40 Watt hideaway strobe system, with 4 strobes. I am going to put them all away around the truck. is 40 W enough? how well will it be noticed? day time? thanks-
  2. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    from everything i have read you should go with at least 80 watts if not 90.
  3. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,127

    Fisher 42
    I run a 8 head 90 watt strobe system on my truck,man its bright.

    Regards Mike
  4. Boast Enterpris

    Boast Enterpris Senior Member
    Messages: 745

    Pay the extra money & get the 90 watt power supply!! You won't be sorry!!
  5. THREE W

    THREE W Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    You have to remember that each strobe used takes away 10amps, so if you use a 40w power supply, each strobe is only getting 10ea/

    If you use a 60w power head/ and 4 strobes they each get15w, and so on.
  6. fisher42

    fisher42 Banned
    Messages: 55

    so its probably not enough then?
  7. THREE W

    THREE W Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    40 does work, but when you compare them to a 60 or 90 they are not as bright, guess it's what you want it to do. You pay for what you get!!
  8. harley hauler

    harley hauler Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    Where are you getting your kit from? Is it a whelen kit??
  9. fisher42

    fisher42 Banned
    Messages: 55

    i'm getting the kit out of a towing catalog. i don't think the kit is whelen. If i had the catalog here right now i'd tell ya man, sorry. thats wut happens when a friend borrows something for "a little while". so anyways, how visible would the 40 W kit be in daylight?
  10. ZamboniHDB

    ZamboniHDB Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    My understanding with the watts and outlets on a power supply is that if you have a six outlet 90 watt power supply, you divide 3 into 90 and you get 30. Since you only have three outlets firing at the same time on a six outlet system you would get 30 watts per light head. 20 watts for a 60 watt 6 outlet power supply. All that is true is you are using all of the available outlets on that particular power supply. Correct me if I am wrong, but I have read that in several publications in the past with the most recent from AW Direct.

    I would go with nothing but a 90 watt power supply.

    Just my .02¢
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2004
  11. ultimate plow

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

    It also depends on what color....Clear is the best...colors tubes dont show up good.....Without a doubt clear is the most visible and brightest....And on the 40 watt power supplie, its useless with 10 watts to each head. Its not bright at all with 4 tubes...Go with the 90 watt kit.