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Led Vs Tubes

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by Phil1747, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. Phil1747

    Phil1747 Member
    Messages: 79

    What is the difference between LEDs and tubes? I am looking to put them thinking 4 total in my head and tail lights. I have a 09 250 and want them to last for a while. My questions are: what is brighter, which will last longer/more durable if the truck is off road, do i have to worry about getting a power supply wet if i don't use a setup similar to the e-series? any input would be great especially from the Strobes and more folks and our resident gurus. I am also looking to buy from SAM if that helps at all
  2. Phil1747

    Phil1747 Member
    Messages: 79

  3. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,272

    leds use less energy (can leave on for like 10 times longer without draining the battery)

    leds do not get nearly as hot - they won't melt your lens if used as a hideway where a strobe might.

    led technology has come a long way. a quality led will be close in brightness to a traditional strobe - in some cases even moreso. but generally my opinion is that strobes "pop" more than leds - but i have no science to support that claim.

    i have the strobenmore kit in the first link you posted. the control box is small (like 3"x2"x1" - maybe smaller). i mounted it under the hood near my brake booster. its gotton wet as i've housed down the inner fenders and firewall after a storm, but no issues at all. but i don't know that i'd want to submerge it under water...
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    The only difference I've seen is the daytime visibility between the LED's and the Strobes.

    But, the new LED's are coming close to matching the daytime visibility every year. I still think there is a little ways to go in matching the daytime out-put, but again, I think they are getting close.

    As for night-time. I get the same flashback off a set of surface mount (on the headache rack) latest generation LED's I have on my dump bed.

    I also have a set of first generation LED's that I replaced the tube strobes in the back of the dump, and I don't care for the output at all. But, because they are highly visibly in the rear of the truck, it's not a huge concern.

    As a whole, I am going with LED's from now on for the less power draw needed, ease of troubleshooting, and to run them and they are generally as, or more reliable than strobes.

  5. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    The latest LEDs are insane bright. I can see the blues easily a mile away even during the day. The LEDs are far more durable than tubes in terms of vibration and lifespan.
  6. Phil1747

    Phil1747 Member
    Messages: 79

    Next Question to everyone has anyone used any of these products and can tell me is one is better than the other or brighter? Cost difference isn't a big deal

    Code 3 Twist Locks I can get locally 80$ ea

    Whelen Vertex Hide-a-way Super LED SNM $70 ea

    Strobes N More E Series 55$ ea

    Sound Off Undercover SNM $70 ea

    Nova P600 SNM $90 ea