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LED light bar

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by My bowtie, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. My bowtie

    My bowtie Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I was talking to a friend about light bars, and he will not use LED light bars because they dont throw off enough heat to melt the snow/ice making them hard to see and less efective then halogens. Is he nuts???
  2. plowman4life

    plowman4life Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    ive never heard anyone use that as a reason to shy away from LEDs
  3. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    Hes nutty !!!!!!!!
  4. LawnProLandscapes

    LawnProLandscapes PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    use a snow brush to clean it off before you start and youll be fine. he is a little crazy if thats his only hold back :dizzy:
  5. Pirsch

    Pirsch Senior Member
    Messages: 596

    The Bar is COLD... The LED's Don't put out enough heat to do anything but light themselves. Once he just brushes the snow off he'll be ok. If there's ice on then lense... should just make it abit more brilliant.
  6. F250 Boss v

    F250 Boss v Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    Any warning light lens will become obscured if the weather conditions are right and its been exposed to them for a period of time. Drivers need to be aware of this and clean 'em off, every once in awhile. -Depending on the 'lights heat' to melt ice/snow from the lenses is kind of silly... IMO!
  7. My bowtie

    My bowtie Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    He's a older fellow, and i think he's old school.....Kiinda like if it aint broke...dont fix it..

    Im looking for a mini light bar and have searched the sho-me minis..Can get one for around $230.00 They look like nice units..............ussmileyflag
  8. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    Whelen is that way to go

    Then again thats all I use, to me cost dosent matter when it comes to this type of stufff
  9. Fiafighterdude

    Fiafighterdude Senior Member
    from ME
    Messages: 740


    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    Same thing applies to the back of one of our fire trucks. It has leds on the back and in the winter we'll have to wipe off those lights so people will see them.
  11. M&A Property Maintenance

    M&A Property Maintenance Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    I saw a used on on ebay, i think the current bid was $100


    the one on the bottom is the used one
  12. My bowtie

    My bowtie Senior Member
    Messages: 279

  13. Ford-101

    Ford-101 Senior Member
    Messages: 155

    I use LEDS on my truck, and that is all I will use on my pickup,,,,,BUT,,,, On my town truck I would run a rotator rather then LED because there is not enough heat to melt it off. The time it would take to keep it clean would waste time. Reason being the snow,ice and slush from the plow and wing would keep the light covered. As far as in the rear ( in the box ) I run LEDS
  14. ultimate plow

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

    As for snow and ice accumulating on the lights from the plow and wing, It will happen even on a edge bar that has 8 inch riser mounts. LEDs are ideal for plowing. and Zero maintance.
  15. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    I've got an LED mini bar that will ice up in the right conditions. Obviously snow is not a problem, just wipe it off, but when the ice builds up, it's nearly impossible to get that off. It also renders the light basically useless from that particular angle. So, your "Old school" friend is not crazy. He has a point to consider.
  16. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    Dont waste your time with Sho-Me...not good imo. For $299 you can get a Whelen Super LED Responder from www.strobesnmore.com These are the brightest LED's I have ever seen and it is all i'm putting on my trucks. I just ordered 2 more last night!
  17. M&A Property Maintenance

    M&A Property Maintenance Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    I am a big fan of show-me. It has never let me down, and I think they are very bright.

    IMO i think that the whelen is very boxy and does not cover 360 around the truck
  18. nbenallo33

    nbenallo33 Senior Member
    Messages: 826

    here is a picture of the show me light.. i love em this one plugs into your cigarette lighter and has a bunch of diffrent patterns for strobes

  19. BulldogPS

    BulldogPS Member
    Messages: 35

    I have that Able2 light on one of my trucks, and its pretty damn bright. Lots of cool flash patterns. But I prefer Whelen LED products, The Mini Liberty blows this light away, but at a greater cost. When it comes to safety lighting, spend the extra money, you get what you pay for. The Able 2 is not nearly the quality of a Whelen light. Even the Mini Justice or Responder is nice, but the intensity is slightly less.
  20. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 828

    i have to agree on that note .... able 2 is good .. but not the best ... i just seen the whelen mini justice bar ..... now theres a light to have ...... got mine on order .. over 90 flash patterns in that puppy ....